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pansy and viola cuttings

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 08:34

seeds are by far the easiest. If you leave the plants they'll self seed anyway, but I'm being picky on mine and remove the seed pods just before they burst.

Update on last year's tomato problems

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 15:18

bought a collection of chilli and tomato plants from T&M this year, and one tomato plant turned out to be a potato, small pink elongated tubers, enough for a boil up!

Update on last year's tomato problems

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 08:23

I love gardener's delight, it never fails, and the Bjingo is good too. I always go for taste rather than weight. I was given some ruby tomato seed as they're excellent for drying, they're prolific in small oblong fruits and ripened first, but for fresh eating I don't like them, not juicy. But if anyone wants to dry them they're great. Am trying Big Red this year, enormous but only just starting to ripen. Intending to cook them up with herbs and onions and freeze the soup.

Monkshood problem .......

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 21:42

Watch out when cutting them back, they're very poisenous as I found out a few years ago when I nicked my finger when clearing them up.They grow like weeds here and are in full flower.



Posted: 10/07/2014 at 21:36

Mine are finished and I'm tempted to cut one of the seed heads and put it in the greenhouse to dry. Do you reckon he seeds will be viable and do they take a few years to flower if they come?


Planting out Sweet Peas

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 14:56

I tried sweet peas last year along with roses, but the peas swamped the roses and I'm keeping them out of that bed this year. Either grow the peas in giant tubs with a wig wam, or sit containers in your pea bed once they're cleared to give you some winter colour. You can grow any shrub in a pot or trough.

Planting out Sweet Peas

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 11:59

I go a bit daft with sweet peas. Live in the windy NW highlands so start half off in Autumn and have my first flower out in the greenhouse already. I planted a dozen outside and they were stopped for a while but seem fine. The spring sown ones will be popped in all over the garden in a week. I like to keep two huge tubs in the greenhouse for early flowers and scent, and it brings the bees in. Won't sow anything that doesn't have a nice smell! I forgot to pinch them out but they're nice and vigorous.


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 20:42

Believe it or not I was picking curly kale today from last year's plant. It's started going to seed so I used the top as I would for sprouting broccoli, quite delicious steamed. I'll keep the plant going till other greens come on line. Kale's such a good stop gap at this time of year as it's so tough. Ever tried young nettle leaves steamed, full of iron.


Posted: 01/03/2014 at 11:43

I've answered this twice and it didn't get through, here's hoping! I find Autumn cuttings are easier simply because I can almost forget about them. If taken in the Spring, put them in the shade and don't let them get too dry. If the cutting is long cut it into bits and I always remove lower leaves. I do sometimes use hormone powder but usually only for soft cuttings. I take cuttings all year round, when the mixed hedge is cut I can't bear to see everything go on the compost heap. so off I go again. They make nice pressies.

Enjoy yourself!


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 20:22

I've just potted up 10 lovely pyracanthus  that I got from Autumn cuttings. Wonderful root systems. My bush is about 4 ft tall and I prune as needed. Will sell the plants at a charity sale in April. Just stick cuttings in a pot of compost and forget about them!


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