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Posted: 06/03/2014 at 21:11

Tracey, dahlia have  big seeds and pretty easy to grow from seed. They will flower in the first year, then die down to a tuber that you can store frost free over winter and then restart the next year. I just keep the best ones to overwinter.  If you get a really good one, you can then  root  cuttings off of the new shoots in the spring.

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 20:34

Verdun, I need to see the pictures.... so we can all drool.

Can someone please help me identify this thriving exotic plant :)

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 16:43

Chaemerops humilis..... fan palm.

Growing flowers in my veg plot?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 13:48

I wouldn't grow potatoes in the soil more than once in every three years. Follow potatoess with peas/beans in year 2 and then brassicas in year 3.

Beetroot - Choggia Pink

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 10:59

Plant in a row in the veg plot about 2 inches apart. Just cover with soil and water in.

You can grow in modules inside and then transplant but its not necessary.

What next?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 10:04

Hardy annuals that you scatter can be sown now, provided your soil is not too soggy.

I would sow a few now, and sow some in April, to give a longer flowering period.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 09:59

Don't worry about the brugmansia.   Mrs G.  The ones in my greenhouse all look like sticks. The cuttings in a jar of water on the kitchen windowsill have grown roots and the oddleaf and are ready for potting on. Its still only early march!!! This time last year the earth was still frozen solid.

I think punkdocs gang of marauding long tailed tits has just arrived, along with Mr and Mrs Mallard. They must have heard the delivery man with fresh bird food knocking at the door.

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:54

We have thousands of photos on computer. I think we ought to print some and have them on the walls.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:23

Wahay. I've just had a male siskin on the niger seed feeder.

First one for this garden. we don't expect to see them as there are not many conifers around(apart from the ubiquitous leylandii)

Mr and Mrs Mallard seem to have departed for their married quarters on the canal or river.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Has anyone got a trail cam for night time critter visits?

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Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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squash crown prince

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Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Identification needed

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