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I give up!

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 17:25

Yes do give it a go next year? I have similar raised beds so that I can garden out of the clay and water up here in north Cumbria and have always had good crops of selected veg. For the first year ever in over 45 years of gardening I have had Carrots of any size Zero; beetroot of any size Zero Parsnips of any size Zero; etc etc. Like you a good crop of spuds but that is about it. It has been unremittingly wet and windy it seems forever. Conversely I had the most superb avenue of sweet peas ever up the edge of the path using plants I just "put in to get rid of them cluttering up the cold frame" so you can see with gardening there are no certainties. I will still be planting my veg next year as nothing tastes better that a carrot right out of the ground or a pea straight from the pod ;

Garlic in modules

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 20:23

Thanks for that advice I will get them planted up with the last of my tulips!!! well obviously not in the same pots but you know what I mean. We are promised a dryish day on Sunday so I will wait and see.

Garlic in modules

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 11:55

As we have had continual rain up here in North Cumbria for ; well it seems like the whole year so far my ground is so waterlogged you could swim in my raised beds. no seriously the soil in my highest raised bed is wet and damp even on the surface so I have decided to plant my garlic in pots to overwinter them. I am hoping I can then get them into the ground in the early summer. I have looked up how to do this ( fairly simple really) but it does not say how much to water them. I am finding things in my cold frame are staying damp and not doing well at the moment so have them in my husbands workshop to dry out a little. So should I thoroughly water the garlic in my pots or just dampen them a little? Any advise very welcome.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 18:39

The garden is no longer a pond but a lake, plants (including trees) swimming up here in north Cumbria. Why is it that every time I look at the evening weather map there is one bank of cloud and it is over my house??? Really heavy rain all day. The ground is so saturated that the water has nowhere to go so it just sits there. Oddly in this completely wet year my 15' row of carelessly planted sweet peas have provided me with months of vases of cut flowers sometimes six a day and even in this dreadful rain I was able to dash out and rescue a couple of bunches from the top of the plants which have at times been laid horizontal to the ground by the sweeping winds we have here.

chocolate cosmos

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 15:36

Yes I have athe perennial one so will just bring it in and protect it over the winter Cheers for that.

chocolate cosmos

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 13:29

Thanks for this flowering rose; I will try this out. Dry days are few and far between up here in the northern reaches of Cumbria but as the plant is still in a pot I might try taking it into my husbands workshop to dry out a bit once it has set seed and collect it that way. Last frosts up here can be in June so will plant out after then. I have had some success with pink cosmos this year that I sowed from an old packet of seed in the above way and kept in my cold frame till mid June and then planted out; and yes have found that next year they will need more space and proper staking. Am assuming the chocolate ones are a little less vigorous?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 16:50

Hi all, up here in Cumbria we have had two sucessive days of sunshine which has nearly resulted in my having to have a lie down. Very hard frost this morning though and I was relieved to find I had not lost my pot plants. they have gone in the shed this afternoon though. Sadly back to the almost constant rain tomorrow so nothing new there then

chocolate cosmos

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 16:47

I have just checked and it says to lift dry and store it like a dahlia so once it has stopped flowering I will so this presumably in compost. I might try to get some seed to save first though

chocolate cosmos

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 16:42

I have just got one of these and have potted it on into a bigger pot and watered it. Once the flowers have done I was going to keep the pot in a frost free workshop outside with light but under the bench? Just hoping for the best thereafter. My son bought one from Gardeners World a few years ago and found it did not survive out in his garden in the midlands but  you never know, cold ,wet and windy Cumbria might get away with it. Hope so as the colour is fabulous. I will try taking seed and re-sowing next year. I  must look to see if there is anything on this site that advises.

Growing blueberries

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 18:26

I  have done the same as above. bought in pots of the correct compost and planted out into bigger hole (in very heavy and wet clay I might add) filled with ericaceous compost and left to get on with it. I top dress once a year with the same compost and even in the pond that is my garden this year they have fared well. They are tucked into my least windy corner and managed to give me a reasonable crop in their first year. I am planting new ones out in a more exposed site so will also be giving them a bit of a windbreak to help them along. Green netting for cheapness and if late frosts are expected some fleece also I think.

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