Green Magpie

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Winter onions sets...

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 20:48

Meant to add: garden centres  and seed stores will sell garlic, but we've had good results from ordinary kitchen garlic from a local greengrocer. Look out for Isle of Wight varieties, or possibly French, rather than(say) Chinese, which are less likely to do well in our climate.

Onion sets are available from garden centres etc from early spring. Small local traders (hardware/garden stores) often sell them loose so you can buy exactly the number you want, but sometimes you have to buy by the bag.

Winter onions sets...

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 20:41

October is about the best time to plant garlic. 

Most onions are started off in the spring, as soon as the soil starts to warm up.

Root Trainers for Sweet Peas?

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 19:14

An alternative is to use cardboard tubes (toilet roll, kitchen roll) packed with seed compost. Then when it's time for them to go out, you can just put the whole tube in the ground, without disturbing the roots, as the cardboard will break down in the soil.

viburnum beetle

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 11:05

According to a clipping I have from GW magazine, by this time of year they've done their worst, and you may as well wait until the spring before spraying. But I'd keep an eye on them - I have just noticed some damage to my (enormous) viburnum and am watching it carefully.

posting seed

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 11:01

It's not the weight, it's the thickness that might be the problem. If you were posting, say, beans or pea seeds, the envelope might be too thick to go by normal letter rate and would need to be a "large letter". Otherwise, most small seed packets would be fine, as long as they're spread out (see Berghill's post above).

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!


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.

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