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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!


Broad Beans

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 09:47

Thanks Mike, I'll nip them out today and see how they do. Light still pretty bad...snow coming in.

Strawberry Plants

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 21:53

I get bees in the greenhouse no problem and always have half my strawberries in there for early fruiting. I put them out over late Autumn /winter and bring them in in Feb...earlier this year as they were getting bashed with the gales. Good luck.Ps I grow autumn planted sweet peas at the greenhouse door which flower early and attract the bees in.

Are French Marigolds still in 'Vogue'?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 21:48

I use them in the greenhouse and they're brilliant for keeping the greenfly away. Who gives a damn what's in fashion, I love the old varieties, veg included often enough, grow what you like and enjoy it!

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