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Latest posts by obelixx

Frozen seeds?

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 11:54

Some seeds actually need a frost, thaw, frost process to break dormancy and I have several small bags of seeds in damp cmpost out the back of the house.

Others will germinate given damp compost and normal temps.  Some like lettuces won't germinate when it's too warm while others require bottom heat to convince them it's safe to germinate.

As for your seeds, you'll just have to wait and see.   Give them at least 10 to 14 days indoors on a window sill before you give up but be prepared to re-sow.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 11:22

The forecast is for us to get up to -3C today but I've no idea how cold it really is as I can't go out wearing my orthopedic boot in 8" of snow.  it has at least stopped snowing just a few minutes ago but there is drifting going on.   Possum ison bird feeding duty as there are no buses so she's at home today cos I can't driver yet.

Cosy enough on my window sills for babies and germination is going well.

March in your Garden

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 10:57

4" of snow here, still falling and drifting in the wind.   I'm having to top up th ebird food every couple of hours to keep them going.

Clearly no gardening being done but I do have babies on the window sills - tomatoes, chillies, PSB, Christmas basil, summer savoury, sweet peas, nemesias, hollyhocks, cream aconitum, echinacea alba and lupins.  No room to sow anything else until the greenhouse is warm enough.

Horseradish plant

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 10:25

I bought mine as a root in teh veggie section of a supermarket.

Please advise your friend to plant it in a pot or it will runaway with itself and invade her entire garden.


Posted: 12/03/2013 at 09:13

Neither as that kind does not survive my winter.   they flower on old wood which always gets frozen to pieces.

Last year I planted two of the paniculata kind which flower on new growth.  It remains to be seen how they cope.

Fork Handles

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 16:46

i've been sowing too.   Chillies and tomatoes 10 days ago so they get a head start and benefit form the longest days in summer.  Last year I had no edible tomatoes but a decent crop of chillies so i'm hoping for better this year.   I also sowed sweet peas in loo roll tubes on the same day and germination is good so far.

I've also sown nemesias for my hanging baskets, cream aconitum and hollyhocks using my own seeds, white echinacea, Russell and dwarf Pink Fairy lupins, peas in a window box for the shoots, Christmas basil and purple sprouting broccoli. I know it's early for the PSB but ours always gets frozen to mush in winter so io' hoping t get ahead in time to have decent pickings in autumn.

Lots more seeds to sow but they'll have to wait for things to warme up so i can do them in the greenhouse as my window sills are full.

WEATHER this week

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 10:26

Snowing here and a bitter east wind.  Set to get to -3C tonight plus wind factor and colder as the week goes on.   Very frustrating as I can hobble fairly well now and had my eye on pruningtheroses and teh rest of the clems.  Maybe next week.

Talkback: How to prune and propagate dogwoods

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 23:30

For me Midwinter Fire is a bit of  a thug.  It's true it responds less vigorously to hard pruning than the others but the thing suckers and spreads all over the place in my garden.


Posted: 10/03/2013 at 23:18

Sorting or sowing seeds, cleaning and tidying tools, pots, seed trays etc.   I still have obelisks to finish painting and repairs and maintenance on some garden furniture that I can do in the garage but for me winter is time to get on with house jobs, sewing and reading, including gardening magazines and books and internet info. 

It's also time to cook all sorts of new dishes to keep ringing the changes and there are ballroom and salsa dance classes in a normal year plus I look after Hip Hop and Jazz classes for our club.  This year I'm having surgery on both feet so less of the maintenance and no dancing and dog walking.

Happy Mothers Day

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 20:09

i'm in Belgium so get two Mothers' Days in theory.  In practice they tend to forget or say they'll get something later on and that never happens so this time I decided they could treat me to a day out at a decent garden centre in Flanders - an hour away - and we did a raid for hanging basket liners, potting compost, some violas and wood anemones and a few other bits and pieces.

They have a very good café too so we stayed for lunch and then came home to put all my new babies safely in shelter as we have snow forecast for tonight and tomorrow and -14C expected on Tuesday night so other pots, recently liberated from hibernation in the greenhouse, have had to go back under cover too.



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