Tootles


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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 16:38

Oooooh, all those lovely leaves to compost! 


After sorting out my seeds I had a quick potter to try and magic up some more space for planting. Loads of things have buds on which is so lovely. 


Tempted to get the heated propogator out but I fear it is too early.

Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 15:33

Hi GardenMaiden


id love some Orlaya Snowball if at almost possible please. Shall I PM you?


I have the following on offer if anyone wants them:


Stipa tenuissima 'pony tails'


Cucamelon 


Pepper Cayenne


Cucumber (sorry I don't know the type as I've torn the seed packet!)


Parsley

Seed Audit -open packets and out of date

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 15:21

Thanks Nut.


i fear that once again my gardening eyes are bigger than my belly and I'll run out of room if I sow it all! 

Seed Audit -open packets and out of date

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 14:38

That article is really useful, thanks! 


Ive decided to chuck a couple of packets that I wasn't keen on but will keep the rest and give them a go.


I wonder if the viability is all about germination. If seeds germinate could their fruiting capacity be effected by the age of the seed?

Seed Audit -open packets and out of date

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 10:31

Good Morning,


Too cold outside to get into the garden here in Nottinghamshire so I'm having a seed audit (and a nice cuppa).  I've already bought some exciting new seeds from Higgledy Garden which won't fit in  my seed tin because it's so full of, well, seed packets that are open, out of date, and sealed but out of date. Would you just chuck old seeds? I know, in theory, they lose viability, but I have heard that can just be so the seed companies encourage us to buy more. Also, how out of date is just too old? I have some 2015 seeds in there.


Any advice much appreciated. Thanks!

Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 08:07

Thanks for the advice.  Looks like I'll need to expand the fruit n veg area!  


Other than spuds, what do you suggest would grow well in a smithy tub? I've got two and they are half full of last years compost.  Don't want to do spuds next year, so not sure what else to grow in them. 

Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 14:42

Do you think a rhubarb might do ok in a standard smithy tub?  


Do raspberries do ok in pots or do they really need to be in the ground?

Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 14:21

Brilliant! Well that is welcome news and much appreciated advice! Thanks a bundle.  Runner beans are essential here! Have enjoyed frozen ones twice this week. 


Im thinking of giving a bed over to fruits. I have some rhubarb that isn't doing well in the garden so was wondering if it will do any better in a bed with some raspberry plants that are lingering in pots due to a lack of a space to plant them last year. Would three rhubarbs and 3 raspberry plants in a one metre bed be too squashed up do you think?  Would now be a good time to shift rhubarb and plant up the raspberries or leave until spring?

Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 13:52

Afternoon, just doing some planning for what to plant and where next year in my veg garden. I have four raised beds that are a metre square each, and one long raised bed of 2m X 1m  that was built to accommodate a stand for growing climbers (runner beans and peas last year). 


I'm reading up on crop rotation but it will mean I can't use my stand for growing climbers as it only fits in the long bed. As such, is it essential to grow something else in a bed where runner beans etc have been the year before, or will it be ok to just improve the soil so I can grow beans there again next year? If it is ok to just improve the soil, what would you suggest I use please?


Any thoughts and ideas welcome especially from experienced veg growers. Thanks.

Friday nights

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 18:28

Just got in after a long week. Immediate thought was "ooooh it's Friday night which means Gardener's World"..... and then I remember it's not .


Surely they could still make a programme for the winter months. I loved it when Carol made the series about seasons in her garden, which included winter!  


Even if it was chat about plants in general and planning for next year. 


i just miss it and I'm sure I can't be alone. 

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