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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 14:50

I've just used up the last of my seed compost for a batch of sweetpeas! Didnt realise how much my back does ache with standing over the greenhouse staging.

I'm leaving mine in the unheated, cold, greenhouse until some germination- they have an extra, transparent cover at the mo- then out into the coldframe, minus cover, for the rest of the time.

I debated starting mine off on an inside sill, but decided that the light was better in greenhouse although colder. Will do my new packets in the Spring. J.

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Posted: 20/10/2012 at 14:43

It's so nice out there today that have just sown 4 pots of sweetpeas! In the greenhouse to start with & then into coldframe when germinate. No more seed compost anyway.

Back now aching again didnt realise how I must stand over the workbench/staging. Fed up of sneezing & coughing too. So coffee, honey toast & Inspector Morse now... J.

Jelly like substance

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 12:56

If it's sort of joined up translucent globules, sorry terrible descrption, then it could be water retaining gel, especially if you've added to any pot compost that has ended up in the garden.

If it's dark brown slime then hedgehog poo an option!

Small opalescent pearls in clumps are slug eggs- birds love those.

I think there is also a slime mould that likes damp, compacted soil. J.

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Posted: 20/10/2012 at 12:52

I saw that Geoff, soo cute. Being an only child.......J.



Posted: 20/10/2012 at 12:31

Glyn I was thinking the same thing. With us being further North & you a bit higher up than me I think, & decided that feeding now for mine, in pot, not worth it this season, but will start next Spring. J.

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Posted: 20/10/2012 at 12:25

Yes I quite like the look of step-over apple trees. Now that we have more light in this garden, they are a possiblity, but then I do prefer flowers.... Harlow Carr do have them.

Just eating homemade mushroom soup. Never tried before, but had forgotten that chestnut mushrooms are a no-no where daughter concerned- oops.

Have taken next painkiller for back, but lower dose. Can top up with others if not enough. As expected cold settling, but cough getting worse! OH checked up on me. He's been veg shopping at the brilliant market in town near him, sooo jealous & plans more photography tomorrow if still dry & sunny.

Just spotted little mouse again- at bird food. Scuttled off to under the adjacent Epimedium. J.

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Posted: 20/10/2012 at 10:49

I too find difficulty in staying awake with MD's voice! Used to be worse when he first presented GW, last night was coz feeling rough.... Family are used to me taping GW, going to sleep, playing it back & going to sleep again.......

Bjay-re the rhubarb, if crown not too big then a very large pot with good compost would suffice for now. Keep in sheltered place though, say next to a wall or wrap the pot in case a harsh frost. If I remember correctly you're in Worcs, so frost could be a problem soon, depends on your particular area. Any pot grown plant  is vunerable to frost damage of it's roots, in the ground always better.You can plant crowns out until Nov I understand, so time enough, weather permitting to get its proper home sorted? Even a 2' square would do for now.

NSlater is a keen gardener, so it could well be his plot/plants we see. Or TV trickery?

Have been out & fed the birds- groundfeeders keep getting their food snaffled by squirrels & pigeons. Whilst was doing that a litle coal tit was sooo close, totally not bothered by me, lovely. J.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 09:39

Hi David, despite me being further North than you, mine will get sown this coming week. If no joy, still have the early Spring option after all.

I'm having a bad year for keeping on top of things, but am the proud owner of a new, very top notch coldframe, and there is space allowed for them in there! Remind me to take OH, plus credit card, to a RHS show again! J.

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Posted: 20/10/2012 at 09:30

You've just reminded me Chris, shall read the paper on-line!

We only ever buy one a week & it keeps us all going for the week, with the various sections. Daughter is calling in a supermarket this evening for us, but there wont be any left by then. J.


Posted: 20/10/2012 at 09:26

Never knew about the seaweed treatment, shall try from next Spring. My, actually daughter's, pot grown one does get regular doses of diluted worm juice throughout the growing season. As garden is on the windy side it's tucked into a more sheltered corner, so less leaf drying/scorching.

It's colour change this year is spectacular, especially since it's in front of a varigated Acuba, with pots of large Hostas in front which are a wonderful shade of rich yellow at the mo. Good combination. J.

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