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Silly question about clay

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 10:32

Blimey Goldilocks, perhaps I will just stick to Dahlias!


Silly question about clay

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 09:19

I have just discovered that one end of my garden is composed of 20 - 25 cm topsoil overlying solid clay on one side and sand/gravel on the other - both clearly natural.

I had hope to plant some dahlias down there this year (on the clay), but ultimately was thinking of a couple of nice shrubs (pieris, not sure what else) in the corners. Will that work? The clay is obviously very solid and I don't know if plants can survive growing into it!


Sweet peas

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 09:12

I have gone ahead and planted mine out because they arrived in tiny plug trays and I couldn't be faffed with potting them on after reading they are actually quite hardy. They've been out for a couple of weeks now and are doing fine.

There's a really great thread on here about growing sweet peas where I have had loads of good advice - search 'growing sweet peas' and I'm sure you will find it

sun dried toms

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 08:06

Yes I do them in the oven on about 130, not too sure how long for though I'm afraid - until they look good.Here's what I do (adopted from my Brazilian housemate years ago):

Cut the tomatoes in half, place on very well olive oiled tray and sprinkle with salt, sugar and oregano (dried fine). Cook for at least an hour. If they are browning at all turn the oven down.

Once done, store in a jar with olive oil, including the oil from the tray.

I don't know how long they keep as they never make it into the jar in my household.

Anyone grown stocks or snapdragons from seed?

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:00

Thanks nutcutlet - I wasn't sure whether they could withstand a frost. Yes I have mostly pricked them out, but they are still quite crowded so I'm keen to get them planted out asap. I must have at least 150 - can't bring myself to get rid of any...

If they survive winter do they flower again?

Also, have you ever had any snapdragon seedlings with three leaves instead of two? I mean three seedling leaves, three true leaves and so on (they look like a triangle from above). Lots of mine are like this.



Anyone grown stocks or snapdragons from seed?

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 12:47

I've got loads (actually far, far too many) of snapdragon seedlings and some stocks, both of which I grew from seed. The snapdragons are just sprouting their second set of true leaves and the stocks have about 8 leaves each and are starting lo look like proper little plants. I keep them in a mini greenhouse, with the door open when it's sunny.

Can anyone give me any advice about how to look after them in general - I thought I should just wait until after frosts and then plant them out, but I've heard that stocks at least are quite hardy, so maybe I'm cosseting them too much by keeping them in the mini greenhouse.

Sweet peas or clematis in pots

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 11:11

Oh thanks - I've got tonnes of stones!

What sort of size pot do you put your seet peas in? No idea how big they get at all to be honest.


Sweet peas or clematis in pots

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 10:29


I have lots of sweet peas ready to go out and two celmatis. I really fancy something like this growing up beside the patio doors - does anyone know whether either of these would be ok in a pot against a south facing wall? If so, any ideas about pot size - I have a 30 cm diameter plant pot...

I have read that sweet peas like a bit of depth and clematis like cool roots, so not sure about this. I'd risk it for a biscuit with a couple of sweetpeas, but not my clematis!





Posted: 18/04/2013 at 14:39

I'e got hundreds of these too - mine only have the beginnings of their first true leaves though - I hope they're not too late!

Don't know what to do re. piching out I'm afraid - hadn't planned on it as I thought they were just a single stem, so not needed.

Do many of yours have three leaves (I mean three seedling leaves, then three true leaves and so on)?

Wild Flower Planting

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 14:33

I think I've seen packets of cottage garden-type annuals sold in clour themed packs in poundland and the like - obvs not the right thing, but maybe they have wildflower varients too.

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