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Garden Gallery

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 19:46
Love camellia waterlily! I first saw it at Wisley, my older sister finally sourced one at the Eden Project, then moved to a shadeless garden in Kent so I adopted it. It's fairly happy up my back passage, unfortunately still in a pot but has put roots down into the leaf litter. Flowers just about over here in South Devon though..

Talkback: Choosing vegetable varieties

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 18:09
Have they germinated?

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 18:07
Blimey, missed all the drama! Can only say if I'd seen troll post (well, did as copied into Joe's post) would have emailed too. Phew!

Moving roses

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 15:44
I seem to remember reading an RHS article about this. They dug out a hole big enough to take rootball, then put a cardboard box of roughly the same size into the hole. Box then filled with soil from another site, then the rose was planted in the box. I think the idea was that the box would degrade in time, thus giving the rose time to establish a healthy root system before the roots ventured out into the soil outside. A dollop of Rootgrow could, I think, only be beneficial.

planting broad beans

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 08:18
I sowed about 30 broad beans directly into the ground at the end of February, but did pop a cloche over them. Have had 1 failure. A week later I sowed another 30 in modules. Same packet of seed, 10 failures! The ones directly sown are an inch or so bigger than the module sown ones which are a cold frame. Cloche off the outside ones, recent gales and hail hasn't bothered them.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 07:24
Good morning TDC. Just got back from work, horrid wind's dropped and - gasp! - the sun is shining. Lots of stuff to do in the greenhouse.

is it safe to put seedlings into window boxes yet?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 19:44

Maybe you could try as Obelixx says, then pop the windowboxes outside during the day, if it's fine/possible, and lug them back in for the evening or cover them with fleece or similar.

If you're growing marigolds, they're pretty tough, but keeping them inside isn't going to help them get used to the big wide world outside

What can I use as green manure?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 19:35

I've been using green manures rather erratically for the last couple of years - mainly phacelia and mustard. I'm just about to clear one of my veg beds for this year's crop. At the moment, it's got a couple of fading purple sprouting broccoli, a zillion forget me nots and and land cress which is just about to run to seed.

I'm wondering what your thoughts are on digging in the landcress as a green manure? Happy to put rest of it on compost heap, but thought the landcress might be a quick fix if I dug it straight in.

My soil is very light and free draining.

Talkback: How to plant out runner beans

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 19:23

One tip I picked up recently was that if you're going to use the tepee or wigwam approach for supports, leave out a cane or two, so it's more like a 'c' shape. That way, it's much easier to get in and pick beans that are on the inside of the structure. Similarly, if you're growing a row, fix the canes in an 'x' shape.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 18:56

Grim through most of the day here on the southern edge of Dartmoor. Potted on some courgettes in the greenhouse, found some tent pegs to anchor down netting for mangetouts and sweet peas which went out into the garden on Monday.

Sieved a load of potting compost in preparation for more potting on tomorrow.

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