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Runner beans

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 07:43

My beans are just poking through the compost in the cold greenhouse too. I won't plant them out until the middle of May. That as a good tip about sowing a seed by the side of each plant. 

Arum Lily Crowborough

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 08:14

My Crowborough has its roots in the edge of the pond and flowers like mad. Maybe yours isn't quite getting enough water. ?

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 07:27


I am happily watching the blackbird sitting on eggs by the side of the kitchen window. 

 They built the nest last year in the clematis and I never expected them reusing it. The daffs and tulips are out, the primulas look amazing....My flower and veg seeds have nearly all germinated.I'm a very happy bunny.

March in your Garden

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 08:47
Lol... Bunny my OH doesn't have much choice either...
Rain....I usually put my plastic Ghs in the conservatory, I hope I get as good a germination as you have. It's a bit tedious pricking out isn't it.
OH brought me fresh seed sowing compost yesterday so I am itching to get going after hearing how you are all way ahead of me....I was hoping that if I started at the beginning of April, by the time the seedlings are big enough to prick out and pot up, the weather will be better and warmer so I can safely move them to the greenhouse and just keep the heater on to avoid frosts. Then harden off by the end of May. BUT.....you know what they say about the best laid plans.....I do hope we get a much better summer this year.

March in your Garden

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 22:22
I normally sow my seed at the beginning of March but I have delayed my seed sowing until April this year as I know that I won't have room to keep the plants indoors when they are ready for pricking out into bigger pots. They would have to go into the greenhouse but its been so icy cold the lowest temperature in there has very often been only -1c through this month. I don't want to have the heater on for weeks on end so I am hoping the plants would catch up once the temperatures begin to rise in April. At least the recent snow has melted and the primula and snowdrops have recovered. My seeds are mostly for perennial plants this year with just a few annuals to fill in the gaps...

Talkback: Learning from 2012

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 15:54

Will try that Plotter. I put crushed baked egg shells around some of my nicest Hostas and found that the ones treated like this didn't get as munched as the ones I didn't treat. Similar principle I expect. Thankyou.


Posted: 27/01/2013 at 19:39
That's what I do Sotongeoff, it works well.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 19:33
Notts/derbyshire border. I have never seen such a fast thaw. Midnight last night 8 inches thick snow on ice, then it threw it down with rain until at 8am this morning no snow left except for small mounds where we had piled the snow high while clearing the drive every day. Amazing. It's been a lovely sunny day (first in a long time) and everything's dried out quickly. I wonder where all the water went. !!!!!

Talkback: Learning from 2012

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 19:18
We had a terrible year in our veg plot last year. We have never seen so many slugs. Nothing did really well. The runner bean flowers were late setting but eventually gave a reasonable crop. This year we are going to sow everything indoors or in the greenhouse and plant them out when they are really strong. Goodness knows what we will try next for the slug problem.....lol. Still, I'm looking forward to starting the sowing and growing....think positive everyone, we going to have a great growing year.......

Talkback: How to care for orchids

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 15:51
I have accumulated 6 phals now and just water mine when the roots look grey. Sometimes giving them a deep soak in a washing up bowl of warmed rainwater and at other times pouring aired tap water, with orchid food added, into the top of the pot. I also have the pots standing in a tray into which the poured water drains and I leave it there to evaporate. They are almost always in flower and I cut the stems down as someone previously advised to a lower bud once the last flowers are about to drop. Some plants are in the kitchen window facing east and the rest are in the cooler conservatory facing the same way. I fortunately haven't had problems with diseases.
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