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what to start now for autumn & winter cut flowers

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 19:06

Many thanks for your advice

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Posted: 03/07/2013 at 19:04

I've got two small flowers. Just opened within the last few days

what to start now for autumn & winter cut flowers

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 21:33

PS- am in south london so relatively protected, albeit on clay soil

what to start now for autumn & winter cut flowers

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 21:32

As a new allotmenteer, I am determined that as well as fruit & veg I will have an area for cut flowers/ foilage/ cutting for indoor interest.

What can you suggest I could sow from seed or plant bulbs/corms etc over the coming months for autumn and winter interest?



Posted: 01/07/2013 at 22:36

I've noticed wild rocket coming p again and again each year, delighted by this perennial salad crop until i tasted it! So hot and peppery I thought I'd mistaken rocket for something poisonous!

My advice- taste it- if it;s good to use, then you're blessed, if not, compost it.

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?


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