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Posted: Yesterday at 20:07

I think I missed that... Hosta...?


Posted: Yesterday at 19:33

Do you mean  Opuntia, the prickly pear cactus?

If it's indoors it might well start to grow now - but this year, who knows?!

btw, if it is prickly pear....

 (this was in the Camargue a couple of years ago)


Posted: Yesterday at 19:10

Hi Harriet and welcome

Sounds like your plot is ideal, and in great condition.  And a balmy climate on the IoW as well.  If you're both prepared to put in some hard work (much cheaper than a gym membership) you'll be richly rewarded.

Seems you have a good idea about what to grow - the golden rule there is to grow what you like to eat.  Bear in mind also what will do well on your soil type - chalky?  The soft fruit will need to go in a cage, otherwiwse the birds will have it all, especially the redcurrants.

We can provide all sorts of advice between us, (much of it good!) but it'd be worth getting a book or three.  My favourite is The Complete Book of Organic Gardening (edited by Basil Caplan I think) but there are many others.

Good luck!

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Posted: 04/02/2016 at 23:21

Once it cools down, Edd, put it in the shed to keep the rain off.  That slows down the rusting.  I suspect they vary in quality as well!

Hedge advice for sandy soil in windy spot

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 23:18

How about sea buckthorn - belongs on windy, sandy beaches, and very thorny so would discourage unwanted visitors.  Apparently you can eat the berries as well!


Posted: 04/02/2016 at 22:34

Hi GD. 

Parsley seeds are indeed not the easiest to get to germinate but they'll do so eventually, like most of the umbellifers (parsnip, carrot etc.).  The best time  to sow is said to be when they'd normally fall from the plant - i.e. autumn - but failing that, make sure the soil is moist but not sodden, and not too cold.  It would probably help to start them off indoors in small pots and then transplant.  Two weeks is not too long to wait, and it might be longer.

Successional sowing is a good idea, but actually once they get going you can harvest a few leaves at a time and they'll keep growing.  In the right conditions they can be rampant!

If you don't succeed, buy a potful from the supermarket in spring, separate out the dozens of plants therein and plant them.  That's what I do!

Cross posted with Verdun - an interesting idea

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Posted: 04/02/2016 at 21:40

Yeah - it all needs to be dry.

I loathe Muscari with a vengeance.  My mum has it here and it's impossible to get rid of.

Egg and chips plant.

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 21:37

Sounds like a gimmick but might be worth a try.

I'd sow a few tomatoes in mid-Feb in an unheated greenhouse and hope there's no severe frost to come.  They'll need as much light as poss.  Then sow most of them in March or even April.  That way you'll get the benefit of an early start if the weather's kind, but the safety net of the main sowing if it's not.

Incidentally, I believe you can get a really early crop by pinching out the plant as soon as the first truss has set.  You then have to ditch the plants once you've had the fruit, but by that time the other plants are on the way.  Haven't tried it yet.

New to gardening

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 21:27

Hi Terry, and welcome to the madhouse.

If you're keen on trying veg I'd suggest potatoes, broad beans and beetroot as all being pretty easy for a start, as well as delicious.

You can sow the broad beans (The Sutton or Bunyard's Exhibition are good standard varieties, but there are many others) as soon as the soil is less sodden than it probably is now.  Sow some beetroot (Boltardy or Detroit Globe) in March and then a few every fortnight till August; plant spuds at the end of March.  But get hold of seed potatoes now and put them in egg boxes on a cool windowsill or frost-free shed (they need light but no frost) to start sprouting.

What sort of soil do you have?  Where in the country (world?) are you?

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Posted: 04/02/2016 at 21:15

Brilliant idea Dinah/Edd !

You can also buy an incinerator for £20 or so - Aldi had them last summer.  Looks like  (well, in fact IS) an old-fashioned galvanised iron dustbin with holes in it and a sloping lid with a chimney.  Much thinner and less robust than the one I remember from my youth though.,1000&layer=1&size=1000,1000&src=ae235/51344_P

Great use for an old drum though.  Do dry the weeds out first or the smoke will be horrendous.  Then get a good fire of dry twigs/prunings going before you put the weeds on top.  Or just burn the twigs and put the weeds on the compost heap....

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