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Seeds are up

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 10:22

Weeds I understand. Sometimes I wonder why we are gardeners as everything seems to be against us. Slugs and snails weeds all the worlds population of greenfly blackfly and caterpillars etc seem to decend into yr garden and in my case the worst of all moles !. When we finally think we have most things under control along comes the weather which brings floods drought and winds etc

Seeds are up

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 01:11

I just throw the seeds of plants like nicotina, larkspur, forgetmenot, poppy, nigella etc around the garden in September, by the time winter comes they are good strong plants and able to cope with the cold -16 here. I only did this once when I moved here 5 yrs ago and now they just selfseed everywhere so all I have to do in Spring is thin them out and move some to another place.The only one I cant do this with is Cosmos so I save the seed then do the same in March, if the ground is too cold they will just sit and wait till it warms up then germinate. It saves all the messing around with plants on a windowledges growing long and leggy, pricking out and coldframes. Ive even started to do this with tomatoes, i leave the last couple of each variety on the ground thro winter, when the ground is warm enough they germinate then I pick the strongest and replant in their proper place.

Seeds are up

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 17:42

Hello nutcutlet 3 yrs ago I sowed larkspur in the garden in April and ive never sown any since. They are abit like love in a mist once you have the flowers they then seed everywhere. They are very hardy as im in Hungary where our temps can get down to -16 with 2 ft of snow but it doesnt do them any harm except to squash them abit with the weight of the snow. When I last looked in October I had as many at 200 seedlings and they all came from 3 flower stalks from a friends garden. So just sow like any hardy annuals when the soil begins to warm up.

Bare root roses arriving tomorrow - help!

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 13:54

Bradawls are great and you can get different sizes, I have a small medium and large however I do tend to loose them in the garden for a few months at a time, so if I cant find them I use a old electricians screwdriver as it has a small head and it does the same thing.


Posted: 02/02/2013 at 13:44

Ok thanks. Every website describes it a deep burgandy so ive decided to take a gamble and buy it especially as its described as having a strong perfume.


Posted: 02/02/2013 at 11:44

Yes I know shades vary on the monitor and how strong the sunlight is when the photo is taken which was why I hoped someone was growing it and they cld tell me what they considered was the true colour. Maybe i ll just go for a white or pink.


Posted: 01/02/2013 at 20:36

Does anyone have the peony Francoise Ortegat as some pictures I look at show a bright red but another shows a burgandy. The description is dark red to black so very confusing.

Bare root roses arriving tomorrow - help!

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 20:31

I usually did a hole as rosa carroila said and put a couple in and cover over with soil up to just above the graft point. I only put 2 in a hole together so that when the time comes for planting I just dig up 2 at a time. If you plant them all in one hole and dont have time to plant them all at once you will have to heel the rest in again. I did this with 12 and even tho they are still covered in snow they will be fine. Ive done this many times as I cant leave roses alone. Everytime I say thats it another one comes along that I cant live without. If theres going to be a frost cover the tops with straw or a bucket but I really dont think you need to as the roses you have already in yr garden (i asume you have some) survive the frost so these will too. If you havent got any ground suitable put them in a couple of builders buckets and cover all the roots with soil they will be fine.


Posted: 27/01/2013 at 20:24

Oh no Swiss Sue they grow the size of a Jaffa Orange so big like a normal onion wld be but as I said alot when peeled have split inside (obviously while at the growing stage) their skin to to make 2 onions.

A to Z of gardening

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 17:21

Busy-Lizzie go to speedytv website for £6 a month I can watch all the main UK tele BBc1 2 3 Itv 1 2 3 etc and im in Hungary. So this is why I cant record A to Z of gardening which brings me back to my original complaint - BBC only keeps their programs on for 7 days. Itv 28days Channel 4 the same and Demand 5 months or more. As for utube I found that ages ago and have watched just about everything thats involves gardening. Carol Klein with Geoff Hamilton I hardly recognised her and not one giggle! For all I love watching her and think shes the most knowledgable presenter out of them all her giggleing drives me potty but...I will still watch her and hope that oneday she will host GW. Better go and watch D on A - Z gardening before it goes off!



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