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Talkback: Growing salad leaves

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 09:32
I understand the ongoing viability of seed is affected by how they're stored. I keep mine in plastic airtight containers in an old fridge in the shed. I thought some 5 year old mixed salad leaves seed was for the bin as I got very poor germination from it earlier in the year, but gave it another go about a week ago, in a short length of guttering, and it's all come up.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 08:54
Have now got a cold. So hot water bottle filled, wood burning stove lit, box of hankies ready. Going to make a nest on the settee, and fester. Weather here the same old depressing blah.

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 17:18

While you're there Daniel, still can't upload jpgs from my PC. Have found an easy work around with photobucket which I've shared with others, but would be nice to be able to do it directly from pc.

What to do!!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 17:11

Some focal points just don't really work, do they?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 17:05

I think the English term for 'ciclogenesis explosiva'  is hurricane force winds. Scary stuff.

Ooh ooh so excited!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 17:03

This is why I love dancing stipa tennuissima so much. They are a joy through the whole year, even on a foul day like today.

Have to confess, pic not from my garden, but have threaded them through a terrace which I can see from most of my windows.

They've also self seeded in my cobbled patio.

Ooh ooh so excited!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 17:00

Ooh ooh so excited!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:42
One plant which I love, and have threaded through my patch, is stipa tenuissima. It self seeds so its babies can easily be transplanted. Does well on the sunny side of my desert. Verbena bonariensis is another favourite, easy from seed and will set seed for next year if not arctic during the winter. Vb great either in clumps, or as a repeat. Along the same lines as Vb is thalictrum Hewitt's double, unfortunately sterile, but can be carefully divided in spring.

sowing veg seed in plastic guttering

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:42

Have only just started experimenting with gutter sowing, looks promising so far but have only tried herbs and saladings to date. On another post, guttering is highly recommended for spring onions.

cost of entrance to gardening shows

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 09:04
I went to Chelsea. Once! Was lucky enough to get freebie tickets for preview day ( had to pretend I was a TV person) but in all honesty I found it more of an endurance test than a pleasure. My sister really likes Hampton Court, but I really don't have that much interest in these huge commercial events. The Yellow Book and some favourite fairly local gardens are much more to my taste.

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