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Posted: 13/03/2014 at 03:09
Bex, indeed they can! They were my first foray into growing fruit about 12 yrs ago. I only had a concrete yard, so tried some in 2 large pots. I went on hol for 2 wks that yr and asked a friend to water them. She did so every day, with the feeder jar on the hose, and I came back to a veritable jungle that yr, and loads of raspberries. They were Autumn (primocane) ones, and have moved with me every time. They have had a permanent spot in a real fruit cage now for 4 yrs, and still give me loads. Think I got about 5lbs that first yr from 2 pots. Got about 20lbs last yr, right up into Nov, but the last few weren't very nice or juicy so the birds got them! Have a go. The primocanes don't get so big or need as much support as the summer ones (though I didn't know that then!). And if you only cut half right back and trim the rest, you get a smaller early crop from the 2nd yr canes! Great! But bet you won't leave enough for jam!Oops, don't know how I made this italic. Sorry!


Posted: 13/03/2014 at 02:55

I haven't tried them yet, but planning to this yr. I believe that they are fine for all predators of slugs and snails, as they occur naturally. Have to be better than even organic pellets, I wouild say.

Seedling help needed

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 02:50

I definately agree with Mike on that one. I've done it when short of compost and skint! Just the tiny amount of shadow caused makes them stretch and become lanky.I did Caulis and pansies a bit late last autumn and they did it as the light levels were low. Potted on 2 wks ago, up to first true leaves and they are romping on happily now, really strong and healthy. Stop fretting just leave them alone a bit longer, too delicate to move yet.

However, if you gently sprinkle more compost around them to fill up the mods, they should root into it and will become stronger. Then wait until each mod is JUST showing roots at the bottom, or they look really well before you move them.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:41

Bumpity bump bump.

Eagerly awaiting more parcels, thanks, KEF,David, Rosie and friends. At this rate, the box will soon be full enough to send and start another! Not many veg yet, but a good mix of Annual and perennial flowers, which should be great in pots for quick summer colour and cheer. Over 200 packets just from yesterday.

Do we know whether any one is collecting pots to put these seeds in? Mine are unfortunately all full, except my teeny ones.


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:31

My Nanna and her relatives. They lived nr Durham, somewhere, her Mum (my great-Grandma, Nanna's auntie Laura and Uncle Bob, And Mum's Auntie Lorna and Uncle Alf. They all had friut and veg gardens. One of my earliest memories is of going out with Auntie Laura to pick veg. One of them had one of those piano things with a paper roll inside, that played by itself. I really thought it was magic or a ghost!

Mum once got lost on the way, and Uncle Alf told us he had painted white lines down all the rds to help us find our way home. And that we couldn't kiss him, as he was really the Frog Prince, and he didn't much like being a frog, which kissing made him become. Lost my first tooth there, too, in an apple!

And I remember Dad's Stepfather putting me on his shoulders to pick apples in his orchard. (but also remember a motorcyclist hitting the car and breaking both his legs)

Nanna never had a garden in my memory, but had the most fantastic deep southfacing windowsill in her flat. She grew loads of plants there, Azaleas, sanseveria, African violets, Christmas cactus, etc. She was always giving me new plants, but they never survived. After she died, I inherited them all, and all of a sudden, they grew for me. I'm sure she watches over my garden now, and my boys, who she never lived to see.

I eat very few veg, but I'm sure those early memories are what make me want to grow them for my boys.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 23:27

Thanks, Rosie. Doesn't have to be loads, all helps. Mine are mainly half packets, too.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:45

Don't be daft, Tracey. They won't care about your writing, and it looks fine to me, anyway! It's the thought that counts.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:27

Love those beds, Tracey. 

I have not yet sown all of my SPs yet, all waiting their turn in the propagator.In there, they come well up within a wk, then get chucked straight into coldframe as soon as half have poked up shoots. CF open all day. Could I put them straight outside after germination, David, as space getting tight now?


Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:09

And, PS, my notifications not working, either.


Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:08

I can top you all for deliveries today. The first parcels arrived for the Flooded Gardens!. 4 big parcels. Thank you Chicky, go have a look see, I posted pics.

What lovely people here. And what a way to feed my seedaholicism without having to keep any!

Any spare seeds anyone else has will be gratefully received. Go on, you know you all have too many

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