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Has anyone got any snow yet?

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 23:17

Slight covering this morning, didn't think it would come down as far as here, disappeared quick, hope it doesn't come back

Seed Sowing Calander

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 23:12

Hi Sam, I've been looking at this and it just goes to show that there is so much variation on information not only when to sow seeds but how the plants are described.

For example snapdragons/Antirrhinum are described here as perennials but many would say that they are either half hardy perennials or even annuals. Another example would be Aubrieta which many packets say to sow in Feb rather than March. I'm giving some of them ago in Jan,just to see what happens. I'll sow some more later on as well.

I treat all the information as a guide and adapt it to my own local climate, growing on conditions and experience



Seeds are up

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 22:17

I sowed some Calendulas now as an experiment- I have loads- taken off plants last year.They were in the cold frame but have now brought them in to my kitchen windowsill, a couple have popped up. Will sow some more later this year  as well. In my experience here they are pretty tough so once up they will be alright

I would wait a while till late Spring/early Summer to sow Larkspurs outdoors,just based on my patchy experience of them.

I've been growing from seed for only 2 years and relatively speaking the last 2 Winters have been fairly mild here. I start mine on off in a unheated (Wilkos)propagator on my kitchen windowsill with the radiator on underneath to give them a bit of gentle bottom heat. I have 2 coldframes/ sturdy mini greenhouses in a very sheltered spot which I then grow them on in.

So far I've had really good results sowing in Jan- my garden full of snap dragons which are still alive for one. I even managed to grow Lobelia from seed started off indoors Feb/March and then in my coldframes.

I feel the cold so have my heating on all the time in Winter but just on a thermostat, works out cheaper that way rather than having to heat the house from cold all the time. For me I don't think it makes any difference how many rads are on, in fact the system I have here, it might work out better as the whole house is warm.






Seed swap

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 20:28

lisa69- £4.25 no way I would pay that. I might have some here for you but today in B&M they were selling them as roots 3 for 99p. PIcked up 3 Echineaca and 3 Aqueligias for £1.98.



Seeds are up

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 19:53

Hi Gardengirl, always amazes me that those seeds and tiny seedlings grow into great plants.  I sowed snapdragon seeds last year in January and had a fantastic display last year.........These plants are still very much alive now so I'm hoping they will flower the 2nd year.  It was my first year of collecting and sowing seeds from the Ragged Robin, I sowed them fresh off the plant, possibly mid Summer and had really good results. From the little I have read they might not do so well from an early sowing.

Larkspurs, tried them indoors in Spring...........nothing. Reused the compost for other stuff, left outside, bingo- 2 larkspurs. I at the time thought I was growing sweet peas. Sowed some seeds later on in the season and now I'm overwintering 8-10 Larkspur plants in my coldframe.

My white snapdragons, mixed forget me nots. Tom Thumb and Aubriettas have all germinated inside. I did bring in those that were in my cold frame and within 12 hours,pale lemon wallflowers and Calendulas were popping through.

What veggies are you planning on growing 2013?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 21:59

This will be my first year,so my plan is for runner beans/French beans, mange tout, corgettes and shallots. It might be ambitious, whether it works out that way............

I think I'm already running late

Seeds are up

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 21:35

Hi Gardengirl, seed growing is great, I've only been doing it for 2 years,and now I'm an addict. Which seeds have germinated?

Nothing in my cold frame yet but a total of 6 wallflowers up inside.


Seeds are up

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 22:54

Another Tom Thumb is showing

Lavetera 'Bredon Springs'

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 21:43

I had this plant given to me last year, and I was wondering what to do with it. It flowered well last year, it still has leaves on it. The original owner said that it was easy to strike cuttings, so thanks for the information.

The white one sounds lovely

Seed swap

Posted: 10/01/2013 at 21:14

Hi liliana, yes of course, the more the merrier I would say. I really do have too many seeds to list, I can't resist a bargain at 25p a packet, I can't leave them there.

I'm sure I'll have loads of spares later in the season as well.

Not sure Sam, I'm part of an estate. Although there have have always been spaces to grow, allotments came into their own at the time of the 1st and 2nd World Wars.

I don't know the exact age of the property that I live in but it probably goes back further than the 1900s.


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Couple of Ids please

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