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Too early for annual seeds?

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 11:40

I've already sowed a few annuals,started them off inside and they are now outside in the cold frames, seem to be doing ok


Posted: 16/02/2013 at 11:14

Morning all, thanks for your replies. Just been outside to have a closer look at them and do the tug test. No signs of new growth at the bottom yet but . they are well and truly rooted so fingers crossed they will flower properly this year. I will cut them down, one has a lovely seed head on them so will save that

I know what you mean Geoff, not sure which the slugs/snails prefer Echineicias or Lupins. Did have a few planted out last year,but only 3 survived, the others were munched.

Can't really remember how long they took to germinate,maybe about 3 weeks. Started some more off a couple of weeks ago and only one has popped through at the moment.


The Potting Shed.

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 20:11

like the idea of gnomes waiting for the bus


Posted: 15/02/2013 at 20:05

I grew some Echinecias from seed last year. Planted them out and eventually they did grow to the point of having a flower head on them. I've left them in situ and now they look like dead sticks.

Should I cut them back?

Thanks for any information or advice as I've not grown them before.

The Potting Shed.

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 19:37

Don't really have an opinion about Chelsea, but if someone wants gnomes in their garden .......why not?

Joys of Spring

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 18:56

Seen some sunshine here over the last 2 days and definately lifted the spirits, Spring is on it's way. I love seeing all the spring bulbs poking their heads up through the ground.  Snowdrops are up and  I have some crocus starting to bud up. Those ones look lovely Flo. I'm hoping it's going to be a better year for daffs than last.

The clocks change next month



Posted: 13/02/2013 at 20:51

Hi Deena, I agree I wouldn't plant them straight into frozen ground. They are hardy plants,but as they are small would benefit from a peroid of hardening off. I do think they do need to be outside. If it were me I would cut off the dead leaves put them in greenhouse and plant out in a few weeks.

I wouldn't worry too much about the soil conditions. I tend to treat them as woodland plants, so I think they will grow in poor soil. The roots system in flowering foxgloves are very shallow. I don't think you need to enrich the planting hole with compost. They are biennual plants so from what you have said I don't think they are going to flower this year.........but next  year you will have a great show and loads of seeds for the future




Seed swap

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 20:22

Hi everyone, like others I will have more to swap a bit later on. Will have to do a check and get back to you all

the pope

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 19:53

I like a nice chocolate

the pope

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 21:31

Hello allI have been reading this thread and many of the responses have stirred a lot of feelings in me for their inaccuracy and those that are based purely on their belief or faith which can not be proved. Interestingly political beliefs/inclinations soon enter the various arguements.

I do agree Steve,I was offended by the suggestion and so called views that atheists are meant to hold.

I could go on but wont, as this a gardening forum not a religious one or a political ideology forum

Each to their own as far as I'm concerned

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