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Joyce Goldenlily

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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 16:34

I have only just started some off as recommended by a sweetpea breeder. You put the seeds on damp paper, kitchen roll, cover with cling film and wait for the root tip to appear brfore planting singly in pots. Keep the kitchen roll damp buy not soaking.

I grew nearly 500 last year for a family wedding was cancelled so thought I would give them a miss this year. However, I do love them so belately, have sown about 40 seeds. Different varieties seem to germinate at different rates. Last year I sowed the seed in the autumn and grew them on in a cold frames through the winter, strong stocky plants and early flowering. It will be interesting to see how this years effort does, last year was not a good year for sweetpeas.

Scented Climer Needed!

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 16:22

Tracalospermum jasminoides is a lovely evergreen twining climber which would be another idea. They are expensive to buy but well worth it. The flowers are white, elongated bells in clusters and heavily scented. There is a variegated leaved one but it is hsyer to flower.

Sorry about the name but I do not know if it has a garden name. You will need to feed and top up the container regulary, and if really cold weather is forecast, wrap the pot in bubble wrap to prevent the roots of whichever plant you choose from being  frozen.

Moving Garlic On

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 16:12

My daughter buys her garlic bulbs from the Isle of Wight Garlic farm which advocate two planting times, autumn and early Spring, it depends on the variety of garlic you plant as some are classified as soft neck and some as hard neck. They do not recommend starting garlic off under cover, just straight in the ground where they are going to grow. I am trying half of mine in the ground and half in large containers outside this year to see if that makes any difference to my crops as mine have never done as well as my daughter's. Both soft and hard necks are up and growing well. Garlic does not like excessive wet so my crop last year was paltry, fingers crossed it does better this year.

Have you put your potatoes in yet?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 16:04

The potatoes should be alright. It will depend on how deep you planted the seed potaoes as to whether the shoots should be through or not. Do not wish them on too quickly. If you have a frost forecast, and the shoots are through, cover them with newspaper or fleece as they are very frost tender. Being scorched by frost will put back their croppingbn time.

Honey fungus.

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 16:00

Thank you for your comments.

You seem to agree with my thoughts, avoid planting anything woody in the area until the threads disappear.

Honey fungus.

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 10:05

How long does honey fungus last in soil? My sister had some in a corner of her garden. She hasn't grown anything there for a few years. She has turned the soil over and left it fallow.

Onions in raised beds

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 10:02

I am planning to grow some Ailsa Craig onions in a raised bed and wondered what the minimum depth of the raised bed should be for growing onions.

keeping mice off pea seeds

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 10:00

I live in a very rural location and cannot grow any peas/ beans sweetpeas outside because there are lots of mice, voles and shrews around. I  have to start mine off indoors in pots and plant them out when they are about 2/3ins tall.

Have you put your potatoes in yet?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 09:52

My potatoes were planted in Corwall last week-end, all in containers. Have been given some fleece sacks to put over them in the vain hope they will keep the blight off them.

Some of the seed potatoes had baby spuds forming on their tops so decided to chance it and get them in. It was very wet last week but dryer now.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 17:15


Yesterday, Thurs. supposedly the first warmer day was freezing! I only lasted in the garden for 10 mins. Today, again brilliant sunshine but still very cold. Am now building a bonfire with dead weed tops etc. The pond is not thawing until mid day.


I buy my JI No 2 seed compost in multiples of threes, £12.00 for 3, I keep an open one in the conservatory to keep it at room temp. for sowing and potting on. I have tried all sorts of different grow bags and cheaper composts but it has ended up a false economy.

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