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Posted: 17/05/2012 at 17:26

Just - although I did get the lace caps and the corriander muddled up!  It was only the smell that gave it away when the stems snapped when I was trying to untangle them all!  Doh!!!


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 17:17

Thanks figrat and Alina W .  

Ahhhh - yep, the radiators are on in the room and the tray is on the floor so they probably are reaching for light. 

Sorry, I'm not great at the techncial lingo yet so rather than bolting they are just 'leggy'!  I'm learning so much... also to label seeds (which I failed to do)!!  I got so carried away, and thought I'd remember everything that I planted, only to completley forget when they starter to come up!  Definately sweat peas, tomatoes and corriander though, and some flowers called 'lace caps' (which are more leggy than than a group of super models in 6" heels)!  I planted them a couple of months ago. 


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 16:21

Hello - I had a go at planting all sorts of seeds and everything seems to have bolted and gone really leggy.  What am I doing wrong?  Is it something to do with the light?  I put my pots in a tray in front of some french doors, really light and bright.  Should I have put them outside to germinate??  Or somewhere cool and shaded??  Any help much apprecaited as always!

Tomato plants/unheated greenhouse

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 16:09

Don't do it!! (yet)!  I was a little too keen last week and have lost ALL of mine, grown from seed, to the cold.  I'm in the Midlands and despite it looking lovely first thing, it aint half chillie outside! 

Making a cold frame and where to buy a manger.

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 19:07

THANK YOU so much for the ideas!  Right SkyeSteve - let's have a go!!  Let me know how you get on.

I ended up purchasing a manger...for £180 (ouch) but hope to have it for a lifetime so should be worth the investment.

Thanks again folks

Talkback: Dormice

Posted: 29/02/2012 at 18:58

He sounds (and looks) a bit like my other half!  Sooooooo sweet!!

Apple tree and cherry blossom tree - ideas most welcome!

Posted: 29/02/2012 at 18:53

Hello - I'm looking to plant 2 trees and would really welcome any ideas... Firstly an apple - does anyone have any experience with a 'James Grieve' at all?  I'm looking for something that won't get too large, has apples that are both dessert and culinary and has that old fashioned quality to it. Also a blossom of some the ones from childhood with huge pale pink blooms that blow like confetti in the wind.  Thanks in advance for any ideas!

Monty Don

Posted: 29/02/2012 at 18:38

Monty is lovely.  A real pleasure to watch and excellent to learn from. 

In the series before last (when Monty wasn't presenting) I found myself turning off...largely due to the content and the style of presentation.  I seem to recall a race to make a hanging basket out of some old metal?!!

 I was sooo glad when Monty returned and the content reverted back to being relevant and interesting. 

Gardener's World - Monty's Sweet Pea Experiment

Posted: 23/01/2012 at 19:22

Hello - I coped Monty's Sweet Pea experiment by planting some seeds prior to Christmas to see if they prove to be better plants than those to be planted later....I forgot to note when 'later' is!  Can anybody advise?

The first batch are going strong and I have nipped the tops off so they are bushing up nicely.  The only downside is that some of the seeds didn't germinate.  Did anyone else have a go and if so how are you getting on?

Keeping Cats off My Veg Patch

Posted: 23/01/2012 at 19:17

What about getting more cats!  They don't tend to poop in thier own gardens... a trip to the RSPCA or Cats Protection League would do the trcik as there are sooooo many homeless kitties that would love a garden to defend...and you'd be giving a furry friend a home who would repay you with much entertainment just like Eddie's cute carrot fly cat!

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