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Latest posts by sthlndngrower

Meconopsis delight

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 22:47

beautiful- what's your secret? I've tried and tried to grow these from seed without success... bought one in a 9" pot after seeing it on Chelsea Flower show. Hope it seeds itself everywhere without me having to try yet again!

bargain seed potatoes

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 12:47

Just noticed sacks of seed potatoes at my local homebase for 20p.

i didn't notice what variety, they look desperate to go into the ground, some of the other grow your own products were reduced too.

First new year resolution for 2014

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 22:31

growing from seed... 150+ nicotiana seedlings, amongst many others!

Am sure I'll shoehorn them in somewhere! 

to pinch out or not

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 14:47

Thank you all so much for your replies, knowledge and advice.

I've potted on the cerinthe today (sunflowers i did a week or so ago) and wiill make sure they're somewhere where they get more light- they had been on an east facing w sill that's in shade from about midday onwards.


to pinch out or not

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 09:23


My sweet peas got a bit leggy, so I pinched out the top couple of inches, however they still seem a bit floppy (maybe they need to be planted out and not still in root trainers, but given the weather....). Should I pinch them out more, taking more off or just plant out when it warms up and give them plenty of support?

Also, which other seedlings/ young plants benefit from pinching out? I have some cerinthe seedlings that are quite tall and floppy (2 to 3 inches) although still only seed leaves, would these- once they have true leaves benefit from pinching out. Similarly, I have some sunflower young plants (Vanilla Ice) which do have true leaves but are a bit floppy too.

Is there a general rule of thumb to guide which young plants should/ shouldn't be pinched out?


Secateurs.....bin them or sharpen them

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 14:56

I did a workshop at Jekkah's herb farm a couple of years ago and one of the first things she asked the group was "how many of you clean and sharpen your secateurs after every use?" I wasn't the only one sheepishly admitting we rarely did it. In fact I soon bought a sharpening iron form my local garden centre (one of a chain, so not necessarily specialist) and sharpened all my tools for the fist time ever in many years of gardening. It's totally transformed my life!

Lots of online suppliers if you cna't find anything locally.

Is it Ok to keep picking rhubarb

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 10:29

thank you Obelixx i won't take a chance in this. what a shame though, agree with you FloBear- the rhubarb is looking so much better now and there's loads of it.... i was just fantasising about rhubarb crumble!

I'll wait till next year.

Many thnaks both. 

Is it Ok to keep picking rhubarb

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 09:23


I thought i'd seen a comment about picking rhubarb recently but cannot find it despite using the search facility.

Having neglected my rhubarb plants for a while, they are now really big with some very big stems. Is it OK to pick and eat this now- they're still quite green?

i know i should leave a few stems and not use the whole plant.

Lavender from seed

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 20:48

thank you all for your advice and comments- i really do value you having taken the time to share your knowledge.

I too had grown a few lavender plants from cuttings, so far as i can recall, take a cutting about 3" (or trim to that length) from a non flowering shoot, try and get a heel, trim a little to tidy and pop into gritty compost. I think i might have used rooting powder, but just because i had some, not essential.

Lavender from seed

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 06:44

Hi All,

Many thanks for your comments. Is it worth giving some a try now or shall i leave it until early next year?

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