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Posted: 26/09/2015 at 17:50

I'd second Ceres advice...........starting seeds off too early is a waste of time unless you have artificial heat and light.

You might want to consider making a hot bed in part of the g/h.......very useful for cuttings as well as seed.  They can be more economical than a basic propagator but you will need to insulate well.

There is still stuff you can do in the G/h in January..........making up your potting/seed compost, over wintering some of the more tender stuff, or even having a cuppa whilst you survey your new domain

I've had g/houses from 50 feet x 20 down to 6 x 8 and have used and enjoyed every inch.  I hope you will have the same amount of pleasure from yours

Choisa cuttings

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 17:40

Yes, I took some when an inherited shrub blew down in a gale.  It was some time ago but I think it was probably a bit earlier........maybe July/Aug ?

Nice bushy shrub now which flowered this year.

Take as many as you can.........the theory being that at least 1 will root

Sweet Peppers

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 17:16

Well, I think I'm getting desperate enough for the G/H space to give it a go...........the worst that can happen is that I shall be making sufficient green pepper gravy  to last me a while


Posted: 25/09/2015 at 18:50 to eradicate.  Is that what you meant Yvie ?  Actually, I think someone wrote a book on "How to live in a sterile world".  Think the author died of something tho........aahhh...........shame.

I suspect Hostafan might be interested in that one..............he is already well on the way to multi millionaire status with the Cat thing.  Just think how much richer he could become if he took Worms on board too

You can tell I've had a bad week


Posted: 25/09/2015 at 18:14

Oooh Jo..........that's a bit are implying a certain intelligence in assuming an ability to read.  Not very PC  is it ?  Give your wrist a smack right now

Need some help with what to plant

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 18:02

Farenheit or Celsius, I think your part of the world is more extreme than we can claim in Britain.  We do wet and reasonably warm quite well..........throw in a fair few grey days and you have our average climate

You may get some more useful info from gardeners in N E Europe or S.Canada maybe ?

Looks like you have a fair space to fill and an attractive one to boot so best of luck

Tree Fern

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 17:44

If your summer house is frost free, you shouldn't have a problem.  

If not, wrap the trunk with insulating material, put some dry straw in the crown and cover the whole with fleece..

You don't need to water it over winter.

Frog Sanctuary

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 17:38

Good for you Pippin..........the frogs are moving out of ponds now..........makes walking in the garden turn into hop, skip and as well as the frogs


Posted: 25/09/2015 at 17:32

Nutcutlet.............I've never known so much angst over wormcasts.  My" lawn" which I suppose if I am honest, is really just grass and other stuff, is lush and green and beautiful.  I don't have wormcasts ( could be the worms can't see over the top ? ).

As for "too much goodness" ?  Most people would die for that problem.

I admit I was thinking the effect might be on Bullet rather than the can only hope 


Posted: 25/09/2015 at 17:26

Nutcutlet/ beat me to it 

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Sweet Peppers

Ripening off the plant. 
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Using Damson Sauce

Ideas/Recipes appreciated. 
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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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