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plug plants

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:04

An update since I last posted on 10 March - plants are now romping away in the sunshine and I will plant them out in the next couple of weeks!

Gorgeous sunny day.. what did you all get up to?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:03

Spent the morning up at the allotment cutting dead foliage off the strawberries and mulching them.  Also weeded and mulched the other raised beds we hadn't got around to doing before all the wet weather.  First opportunity to do these as its been too wet.

All my tools, pots, trays and compost are being stored in a garage about 10 minutes away from the house at the moment.  Due for some hard landscaping to start at the end of the garden this week to make way for a shed and my first ever potting shed (hooray!).  Am so looking forward to having this space.

However, these green fingers are getting itchy so popped to the garage last night after work to pick up some seed trays, pots and compost so at least I can get on with sowing some seeds for the allotment and garden

Replanting aquilegias

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 14:57

I agree nutculet, could very possibly be self seeded - and I speak from experience, however I do love them so often dig up and move to a more suitable space if they are not where I want them.  Their foliage is also a lovely touch to the garden as it grown in tidy mounds.

Had a load self seed into my strawberry patch on the allotment so have left them there to encourage pollinators.

Oh eck

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 14:46

Not quite as fierce as a great white, but my springer charged up to a sunbathing seal on Constantine beach (the north coast of Cornwall one, not the other one) and got a bit of a shock when he discovered that it definately wasnt a friendly black lab!

One thing that does get my goat in the summer is visitors not checking tide times and getting cut off by incoming tides.  Hubby and I had to help ferry a family with four youngsters plus all their paraphinalia (buggies, blankets, toys, nappy bags etc) over the rocks between Georges Well and Tregirls in Padstow as they hadnt realised the tide was coming in!

Baby corn confusion

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 15:56

Have grown both Mini pop and regular sized sweetcorn, both successful.  You will certainly need more than fou plants though and you will need to plant in a block rather than a row, like regular sweetcorn.

Good luck - its well worth it!

I'm curious

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 16:13

I think that Singing Gardener is right - not a sunlight factor as such, but where the light direction is coming from (ie- a pot against a wall wouldnt have light coming from 360 degrees)

Ask Alan

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 16:10

Question for Alan - My garden isnt large enough to have borders or bed dedicated to the seasons (spring, autumnal etc).  I currently have a good 'backbone' of shrubs which give interesting foliage in winter and perennials which make the garden look fantastic from end of May until Sept-Oct.  How do I create interest from Feb to May and Sept onwards?

plug plants

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 16:04

I potted my recently delivered bare root hardy geraniums a week or so ago and popped them onto my conservatory windowsill.  They are sent up shoots and are  about 3-4 inches high already!  As its predicted to be mild and dry over the next few days I will put them out in a sheltered spot until I find a space to put them

ordering online

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 08:23

Thanks Mark499, just read another thread which says the same thing.  Seems they have been taken over since I used them a few years ago.  A shame


the vernon geranium company

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 15:40

hi All, there also seems to be another Vernon's thread posted that I replied to saying that I hadn't previously had problems, but did state that this was a couple of years ago.

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