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Leggy Courgettes seedlings

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 16:18

I think you may find they get too big before it's mild enough for them to go outside. It might be worth sowing a few more seeds now as back-up. I haven't even sown mine yet and probably won't until April (under cover) or even May (straight in the ground). Since you only need a few plants, it's worth having a Plan B.

Cheap veg seeds

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 14:17

A couple of good value online companies I can recommend are Moreveg and Simplyseed. Check the quantities in the packs - sometimes they're quite scant, but then you don't always want loads of one variety. They both have a huge choice of interesting varieties, better than you'd get at most Garden Centres. You don't get a picture on the packet, though.

I've bought seeds from Lidl that were fine. I'm sure Aldi would be comparable.

Flatworms?

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 07:50

Looking at the DEFRA site, I'm not at all sure that the ones I saw are the NZ ones. I'm in Devon, where there were none recorded on their map (2006, though). The pictures all show large worms, whereas the ones I saw were tiny - but flat in cross-section. I wonder if they could be something else?

Flatworms?

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 22:27

'Fraid not, I squashed or chopped up the ones I found! Never thought to photgraph them first.

Flatworms?

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 17:51

I recently noticed a couple of little flatworms on the side of my green compost bin, and found another one in a flower bed today. I have heard of New Zealnd flatworms, but they seem to be quite large, while the ones I've seen were tiny, only 2 or 3 cm long. Then again, I don't suppose they're born large, they must all start out small...

Does anyone know what these little worms can be? Should I be worried?

Talkback: Know your potato types

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:04

It's partly a matter of personal taste - some people like floury potatoes, while some (like me) prefer them a bit waxy. Here is a good database for choosing potato varieties:  http://www.varieties.potato.org.uk/menu.php

Witch Hazel

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 13:44

Ours has been established for several years but it is only just beginning to show flowers now, quite a bit later than other years. Several other things are also very behind - our snowdrops and viburnum have hardly shown any flowers at all yet. I think it's to do with the relatively mild but very wet conditions, and I'm sure your witch hazel will come good in the end.

Water Butts

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 13:37

Have a look at the website or printed bumf of your water supplier (no, not Mother Nature, the people who clean up the water and pipe it into your house). They often offer water butts to their local areas and can probably deliver for a reasonable rate.

We ordered one from Dobbies Garden Centre online. They were good value and very helpful, replacing it when it arrived with a crack in it.

christmas parcel

Posted: 20/12/2013 at 08:39

Yes, you have to register with them the first time (I've only used them twice). You can pay by card or by PayPal. They then get you to print out a label (they search the postal database to make sure the address corresponds to the post code) which you attach to the package - this has their bar code on, so you do need to be able to print it out.

Talkback: Front gardens

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 17:51

Yes, if you use gravel or similar material on your parking area, that doesn't (I think) need planning permission, as it allows water to drain away.

A recent edition of the BBC Front Garden programme was all about how to get some stuff growing in limited frontage space, even if you also have a car parked there. They were showing tubs, pots and beds used to brighten up not only gardens/yards but also the areas outside, on the verges and footpaths (not always a feasilbe option but very attractive when it is).

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