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April in Your Garden

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 23:42
kate1123 wrote (see)

KG did you not do Geoffs freebie seeds?

Did he have some Sweet Olive seeds? 

I love Inka's garden and she has promised to let me live on her verandah

I live at the Sussex seaside and am never sure how big my garden is because I have never measured it.  It is a bit wider than my house.  The front is open plan so I have taken over the bit on the other side of my driveway.  The housing association don't appear to mind that I keep it mowed and have planted a number of shrubs on it.

It was all lawn when I moved here 11 years ago but I have slowly been digging up more and more of it.  There is a veg plot at the end and lots of pots all over the place.  I grow a lot of cottage garden type plants and like dividing stuff up and taking cuttings to get more free plants.  My patio is a bit difficult to negotiate because I have lots of pots (currently mainly strawberries) and various things have self seeded in the gaps between the paving stones (chamomile, tangerine dream poppies, lemon balm and pulmonaria).  I have two apple trees in the back garden and roses in the front garden.  My soil is very light and sandy so I bung lots of home made compost on it at every opportunity. 

sweet pea

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 15:03

I grow them in toilet roll tubes too.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 15:01

Geoff - Is there way of telling if people are online now that we don't have any **'s?

April in Your Garden

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 15:00

It's been mostly sunny here today apart from the odd 5 second short sharp shower.  I've been pulling up yet more forget me not seedlings and hand weeding the lawn.  I like daisies but hate dandilions so I just take out the latter and leave the former.  I've also chopped about 3' off the top of the monster rosemary because it was encroaching on the washing line again.  I smell strongly of rosemary now (just in case you wondered where the smell was coming from).

I usually grow Sweet Olive cherry tomatoes too but this year I didn't get around to sending off for any seeds.  They are are bit expensive and the garden centres don't stock them. 

spring onions

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 23:43

My spring onions always take ages too.  I tend to get my best results from sowing White Lisbon in the autumn.  They grow a bit and then stop during winter.  They start up again as soon as it warms up a bit in spring and that bit of a head start makes all the difference.  If I sowed them in the spring they would not be ready until autumn.  This year I am going to give japanese bunching onions a try.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 23:25

My dad sows GD from seed each year and always gives me six of his plants.  I grow mine on the patio and he grows his in the greenhouse.  They both produce crops at the same time and the fruit tastes the same but my plants always look happier.  It is quite sunny where I live and the patio gets a lot of sunshine.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 23:03
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Kate they should be but growing tomatoes outdoors is always dodgy-pot,growbag, or in the garden ?

I always grow my tomatoes in pots on the patio up against the privet hedge.  It gets a bit hard to cut that bit of hedge but it shelters them from the wind.

tonights gardeners world

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 22:45

I really liked tonight's show.  I've always loved pulmonarias and think Nigel is adorable.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 20:56

Hi there.  Yes, the gang's all here.

Does anyone know if there is a way ot telling if someone is still online?  Like the ** on Beeb?  I feel sure that Geoff will know.

who is talking to who?

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 20:51

You are such a helpful sausage

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