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Hi, I want to grow some veg, I have a small list & need advise on when to plant

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 22:49

Just a follow-up thought: as a basic, easy-to-follow book, it's hard to beat the Vegetable and Herb Expert, in the Dr Hessayon series. This sets out all the times, spacings etc for each crop. I even have a spare copy in the shed, I use It so much!

Hi, I want to grow some veg, I have a small list & need advise on when to plant

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 22:44

Garlic is best planted in about November.You split up the bulb into cloves, and each clove grows into a whole bulb.

Seed Suppliers who Sell Small Amounts of Seeds

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 22:01

Yes, I recommend Moreveg too. Friendly service and a great variety of seeds, sold in simple, no-frills packaging, in small quantities, and most packets cost 50p.

Help with Crocosmia

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 22:34

The leaves are pretty tough and will have to be cut back at some stage, but you may as well leave them a while if they look OK. The corms stay happily in the ground over the winter - a bit too happily in some cases, as some varieties are quite invasive!

cyclamen

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 22:24

I think there are different types, some hardier than others. With any luck, the label should tell you.

Chillis on Thai basil

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 11:15

Basil should be unmistakably fragrant when you crush a leaf. If it's not, it's a chilli plant . And I don't think basil seeds come in pods like that either.

TOMATOES STILL GREEN

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 20:45

And if you haven't already done so, pinch out any shoots that still have flowers or tiny green fruits, as they'll never ripen now.

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 18:43

I think I'm doing well if I can just remember where and what my perennials are and find them again when they start to grow! Even without manure or compost, new plants should be fine over the winter. They''ll die back and be dormant until spring, so they don't need feeding now. If they are still in pots and it gets very cold, you can wrap the pots in bubble-wrap to insulate them and stop the whole pot contents from freezing solid.

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 08:52

Sounds like a lovely selection of flowers. Not sure if delphiniums will do what you want - most are not annuals and won't be in flower by the summer. But if you can find some elsewhere, perhaps in a friend's garden, they  should be flowering around the right time. Many are too big but you.might find some new, small spikes.

 Verbena Bonariensis would look good but I don't think you can grow it from seed in the time. But this and other perennials can be bought now in pots, and planted out as soon as you find space. Our local Morrisons had some perennials at £2, including Alchemilla Molllis.

Do keep back some seeds for next year, in case those you sow now don't survive the winter.

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 09:31

Yes, I agree about foliage, and alchemilla (which has more of a foliage effect). Young eucaluptus shoots are a pretty grey-green - obviously you can't grown a tree from seed now, but you may know where there is one you could use.Young beech leaves look glorious, but they might just be toughening up a bit and past their absolute best by late June - it depends when Spring arrives next year!. But there's all sorts of pretty foliage, both in gardens and in the wild, that would look good. I wouldn't worry about poisonous plants - people won't be expecting to eat the table decorations! Berries might be a probelm but it wont' be the berry season so that's not an issue. So don't be afraid to do a countryside forage. Depending on where you live, you might even find some wild flowers (stitchwort, lady's smock?). I suppose you'd better give the wild garlic a miss, although your guests could always nibble on that ....

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