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Posted: 29/03/2014 at 00:26

Mine getting started tomorrow in CF away from those mice, then out as soon as big enough. All in paper pots so not much messing.

No expert, I hope I get better results than you. Don't want to wait till 2023 for my peas!

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 00:08

I have always used loo rolls and/or very tall paper pots, unless I've run out and had to use 3"plastic pots. To stop them toppling, I pack them tightly into seed trays, as many as I can squeeze in, with a folded piece of newspaper between to differentiate types so that I only need to use one label for each type.

I plant them out deep, up to the first sideshoot, to make sure tops of pots buried. Peas of all kinds don't seem to mind this. I've had no probs with the pots rotting down, or collapsing too soon, although I have had strange fungi grow on the loo rolls occasionally (perhaps the glue used?). The fungi seemed to have no effect on the plants at all, I scraped them off and carried on. Last yr I was cutting into Nov. Got a good vaseful before I pulled them out, then. I can't sow direct due to mice eating the blinking lot!

Edd, many plants will do this. The bit where buds or sideshoots come out are called 'nodes', and they have a more concentrated amount of growth hormone in them, which is why we cut closely beneath one before inserting cuttings into a growth medium. They can produce shoots or roots, depending on the conditions. I have done it many times with interior plants when my ex-boss wouldn't pay for new ones!  Although, I have to say I never thought of trying it with annuals. You know I have to try now, don't you?!

See, not only do you learn something new every day, you get new ideas to use what you already knew. What a great forum!

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 00:48

Just twigged that OL is you, Tracey! I would have put my netting up first. I did like you a couple of yrs ago, then trod on some when the dog barked beside me and gave me a fright! Most recovered eventually, but I was so mad!

I have done two batches (didn't get time to do all at once), in deep paper pots. I germinated the first batch on heated prop at end of feb, then slung them straight into cold frame. Wide open in day, then partly open at night as the wind tried to wreck the top a couple of times! They are now nearly ready to pinch out. Last batch I did last wk in cold conservatory, as no room left in prop. They are slower in showing me any shoots, but I'm sure they will soon. All going out as soon as tall enough. Thinking of taking the first lot out of the frame tomorrow, as need the space. 

Incidentally, I have some spare fuchsias in the frame too, that weren't so great last year, but showed some better growth later on. I put them in the frame over winter (the better ones got mollycoddled in the GH), and although supposed to be tender ones, they are just as happy as the SP's and, caulis and young strawberries. They have thrived from neglect, so perhaps we spoil too many of our plants? I have also moved my toms into the GH this wk, and they seem to be doing fine with a propagator top on at night. (the GH is bubble-wrapped)

So, David, I am treating most of my plants meaner this yr. I think many can stand more cold than we are led to believe, provided kept dry and out of nasty cold winds.

I have a birthday this year so what are ŷou going to get me?

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:55

Or how about a new hat, Verdun?  xx

I have a birthday this year so what are ŷou going to get me?

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:55

Ryan, if we make a new cultivar, we should call it 'Sweet Fanny Adams', 'cos that's what Verdun really deserves for his Birthday(s), the cheeky wee!



Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:26

Oh, Great, Dove. Any chance of a pic if you see him?

A little showing off and a big thank you

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:57

Well, Done, Orchid. Looks lovely. My beds are ready, but garden is a tip at the moment. In the middle of a big spring clear-out, so piles of stuff gathered everywhere waiting for a trip to the real tip Everything that can't be re-cycled, that is!

Verdun, you need you bum smacked, cheeky

Time to get busy!

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 19:57

Hooray for Bee and Orchid However, I can guarantee that you both have a large problem. Not enough space! All GH are too small! You may just be wondering how to fill them now, but soon you will want more space. There will be no more room for a chair! My ex worked on an estate with a 100' victorian GH, and another 10x12, and they were stuffed to bursting by May. Mines nearly full already, but has done a stirling juo of overwintering my standard fuchsias. Only had it up a yr! Come back later in the yr with pics, please, just so I can say 'Told you so'

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 02:28

OOOH, what a great effort, Lizzie and Rosie. But I'm sad now The seed collection doesn't look half so impressive! However, I think we could be up to 300 packets, so I am off to book the courier. Isn't it sad taht you can book a courier to collect from your house, to take elsewhere, cheaper than using Royal Mail?

I'm kind of hoping, (and have asked Daniel), whether we could get a half page or so in the mags to explain what we are are doing, and to ask for more help. There must be thousands of readers who never use the forum, and also many forum members who never look at this thread. The mag (and a mention on the tv programme, do I dare ask?) could really help, and may get a courier company involved. At least one courier company in this country must have some interest in gardening, or see an advantage to be gained in aiding a genuine British effort to help others, without monetary donations being made?

It is so easy to give a few pounds here or there. But where does it go? How is it spent? There are already funds set up to help the worst affected.But that is for their houses, where insurance companies have reneged or found clauses to avoid payment.And in many cases, people will not be able to restore their houses to the previous standard for many years. Clearing, cleaning and restoring a house after such conditions is time-consuming, de-moralising, slow whilst drying out, and very expensive.

A few cheery pots of colourful plants may not sound much to many people in such circumstances, and perhaps not everyone in those circumstances would want them, as many may not be 'gardeners', but I am sure that the thought and effort that has been put in by members of this thread cannot fail to be appreciated, even by the non-gardeners of the areas affected. We could maybe even initiate a few more!

I can imagine that in leaving the front door of my house, where I am living in damp, with a minimum of furniture, having to re-stock my kitchen cupboards,my wardrobe is ruined and life is generally crap, and likely to be so for the forseeable future, and I haven't even yet contemplated the wreckage of my garden, a cheery pot of plants to greet me on the way out and back in again, might at least make me smile again, for at least 30 seconds, whilst I remove that dead flower, watch the bee, hoverfly or butterfly at work, and remember that what affected me, possibly totally destroyed their home, and yet, they are going about things as normal, and my little pot may be be helping them to rebuild their lives.

For people, unfortunately, Money is at the top of our food chain. But for the little animals at the bottom, that keep us 'tops' alive, and that we use and take from, we can do something. And in so doing, we can 'take' form them the pleasure of knowing that life goes on. Without money, or luxuries, or extras. A pot outside our door gives pleasure to ourselves, initially in it's colour, brightness, hardiness, and a feeling that life goes on, just from the plants themselves. But if you have little else to see in your ruined garden, maybe every little insect, bird, bug, spider that you attract can take on more meaning?

I am only surmising, and everyone is different.However, I think that, even without our help, people may now take their surroundings more seriously than before. I am not saying that this flooding has been a good thing, but weather is, without a doubt, changing at a faster rate than was predicted. I have tried to plan my days around 'good weather' or bad. The predictions rarely fit, and on hearing the weather on the news hourly, it NEVER fits. We all need to adjust and be ready for the worst that can come. For the last 3 yrs, I have had the best tans of my life by mid-April, my birthday, in Ayrshire, Sco

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 22:27

Hi, Edd. Thank you for doing this thread. I can't wait to get started! Will start my bin tomorrow and leave it to 'season', as you suggest. Off to find my worms, now. Night and thank you.

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