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Best buy books!

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:56

Hi Buds, I am a newcomer like many on here and I have got some of my best books from our local charity shops - including RHS, Readers' Digest and Dr Hessayon's stuff - usually for about 50p or £1 each. Newer books such as some of the ones mentioned by others above here have been on my birthday and Christmas lists and I too recommend the RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Plants - I read it nearly every night like a saddo! Enjoy and good luck - I admire and envy your career change, wish I had the courage!

Cobea - how long do they take to germinate?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 20:33

Wow! Thanks so much Hostafan! I have just read it and I'm heartened that it may yet come to life. Brilliant, thanks for taking the time to do that

Cobea - how long do they take to germinate?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 18:08

Hello experts, I am hoping you can help me yet again. I sowed a packet each of purple and white Cobea on 23rd Feb in my unheated greenhouse, into cell trays and covered with lids. This was according to the packet instructions. To date - absolutely nothing has come up! Yet other seeds sown around that time are all up and making good progress. Do Cobea just take ages to get going?? Any insights gratefully received! The seeds were brand new, from Sarah Raven.

Too early to chit?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:48

lol Edd, that made me laugh! Really??? I can plant them? How exciting! Right, they're in the 'to do' queue...which is getting very, very long...Thank you!

Too early to chit?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:21

Very useful and interesting thread, thanks to all. I have Rocket and Roosters chitting away and they look nearly ready so am going to go with comment from the Irish allotmenteer and get them all in on St Patrick's day!

Now then, I've just been clearing out my root veg basket (stuff bought, not grown, sorry) and have found 3 apache potatoes with seriously long white and other coloured sprouts. Can I plant these and try to grow a crop from them or should they go in the bin/compost please?

Music in the Garden

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 09:59

I am very boring, I just wander round with Radio 4 on a portable radio and I have a permanent radio tuned to the same in the GH. I love to have Gardeners' Question Time on when I am working up there but often am so distracted I forget what they've said so listen again on Sunday afternoon!

Sowing mad!

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 16:54

Thanks so much everyone - I thought you were all going to say 'TOO EARLY YOU FOOL!' Really good to hear what everyone else is doing too. BusyBee, I am so pleased by what you say about Royal Bride especially as they are so fiddly to sow! Are yours in sun or part shade? I hope mine produce lots of offspring too! Mrs G - phew about the cleome & cobea - these are new to me (as is all of it come to that!) so I'll be patient. Hmm, should I follow your example and also sow some courgettes I wonder? GF, what kind of angelica did you grow? That's a biennial isn't it? You've also inspired me to sow some lupins, the seeds are in the box waiting. Janapana - what veg seeds have you sown? Mark, glad to hear your snapdragons are doing ok. Exciting isn't it!! I got 4 sea holly plants, plenty of green shoots, in the pound shop today - I tried to stop myself but couldn't - I think I am going to pot them up for now and stick them in the GH or coldframe...feels like the right thing to do until we are 'safe' down here on the Hampshire coast. 13 degrees today though! Very odd! Thank you everyone, you've really inspired me

Sowing mad!

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 17:23

I could sit on my hands no longer! Had a slight sowing frenzy in the GH today (unheated) - I have sown: sweet peas (old seed found in a cupboard, fingers crossed!), nigella persian jewels, Orlaya snowballs, Antirrhinum royal bride, Larkspur giant imperial, Cosmos candy stripe & gazebo white, Echium little bells, and Delphinium pacific giant/Sweet rocket mixed for 2015.  I know I could have direct sown half of those but just a little nervous in case the weather goes hideous outside so wanted to get them going as plugs. Germination so far has been OK up there - from Feb I have more Antirrhinum RB, Sweet William kaleidoscope, Penstemon tubular bells, sweet peas, nasturtium, sea holly, verbena bonanseris and lobelia. Still waiting on cleome and cobaea to show themselves, sown 7 days ago. Overwintering experiments have gone fine,  for what are now very robust young plants of cerinthe major, ammi majus, cynaus black ball, lilac pompom poppy, centaurea dealbata & mixed foxgloves.

As you can doubtless tell this is my first year at growing flowers so I've gone a bit mad and been a bit impatient! My veggie patch, usually the priority, has taken a back seat apart from overwintered onions & shallots, broad beans and now some potatoes chitting. I need a bigger GH!

What have you all been sowing??

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 08:27

wow, sounds good/promising fidget - I will give it a go, thanks to you and David. I wondered - mice - is it just the seeds that they like or is it the seedlings? My first batch is up in the unheated GH, covered with polythene, but they look weak - if I remove the cover have I extended a dinner invitation to the little furry things??

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 09:59

Hi David - I have just found some 2/3-year old sweet pea seeds, many still in the pod, which I collected from a very good sweet pea batch in the autumn of 2012 I think. They've been in a dark cupboard all that time; do you think they'd be viable for sowing/germinating this year? There was no rotting and they look pretty much like the new ones I bought in packets for this year. Thank you!

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Cobea - how long do they take to germinate?

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