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Posted: 27/12/2015 at 16:34

JIMMY I used to grow a beard every winter and shave it off in spring (to get suntan). I am no longer allowed to grow one...threatened with having one side shaved in my sleep . Hmmmm!  Hang on! An image I could handle 

keeps face warm in winter as my departed auntie would know  and is handy for mopping up gravy and wiping my nose. 


Posted: 27/12/2015 at 16:16

Come on Outside folks.....grabbed a cuppa over a perusal of forum writings 

in the gh I have impatiens taken as cuttings in September now as flowering  plants that need potting on, again. Never had them this advanced at this stage before. Don't think I will need to buy any container plants in spring if things continue like this.  These are the sunpatien type that I highly recommend.  I  guess most of you are in a similar position.  Cold weather will come but already longer days are coming so should be easier to get through the rest of the winter 

Watsonias too full of foliage out there.......hoping for early white flowers on them.  

Can Gorse be grown from cuttings?

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 13:08

I don't think it is easy to root cuttings of gorse.....pretty difficult in fact.  To be practical it is a waste of time 

I think copying nature is the way, viz., by layering.  Gorse seems to layer itself quite readily.  Wild animals will damage gorse or weigh branches down and these produce thickets.  Try layering 

arneil, because it is a "weed" it doesn't mean it will seed when WE want it to.  I have tried to establish various wild plants by seed, cuttings, etc. (For sentimental reasons) in the great outdoors without any success.

Apropos of establishing wild plants, has anyone noticed if rabbits are esp attracted to wild plants we plant?  Instead of them being put off they seem attracted to them.  In fact , newly planted cultivated varieties too seem to be irresistable too.  


Posted: 27/12/2015 at 12:48

Some sunshine now but just noticed tall blue...unnamed... iris in flower.  This is early .  a couple of groups of this iris were initially to flower with daffodils.....timing often doesnt work out despite a mixture of early and late daffs but, for sure, no such combination this spring 

Sufficient Sunlight

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 12:40

Before you get too carried away folks I'm sure Slevin is looking to grow good quality produce.  If daylight is as low as I think it could be Slevin will struggle.  Trial and error with just a couple of cheap things at first.

Slevin, see how summer goes..  Let us know.  If all else fails you can have a beautiful, albeit no food, garden 

Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:54

So you would recommend it then obelixx? 

Football season - 2014

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:51

Ranierii.....Prob mis great too.  Been harshly treated by premier clubs, was it Chelsea?  So much arrogance with premier league players but guys at Leicester seem more grounded.  

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:35

Always as much sun as possible....taste better 

Sufficient Sunlight

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 10:25

Morning Slevin

a kitchen garden needs as much sun as possible generally.  

Lettuce would be fine.  Beans, both broad and runner, should be ok.  Garden peas too as well as autumn and winter crops

rhubarb should grow there.  

Herbs will not enjoy shade at all generally.  Light level rather than direct sun is more important.

My own garden is mostly in full sun so maybe not the best to advise here.  Hopefully, there will be some who garden in similar conditions to yours Slevin who will add to my comments but it is surprising how adaptable plants are.

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 10:11

I thin carrots to about 2.5 cm but my "crowbars" were spaced 15 to 20 cm apart Logan

I prob grow slightly differently to most people I think.  I use a home made long handled rake-like tool to draw 4 rows 7.5 cm apart.  I grow beetroot, spring onions and carrots this way.  A gap then between each group of 4 of 37.5 cm.  

Carrots must be thinned though Logan.  If not they will be small and forked.  thinning is a job I hate, I must confess.  Painstaking and boring for me but absolutely essential.  carefully make sure the carrots you want are not disturbed then water them.  This helps mask carrot smell (Carrot fly) as well as settling carrots in.  Cover with fleece.  

When sowing try to do so sparingly......seed is so small so not easy but less thinning then required.  (I actually thin carrots twice) 

have a go Logan.....certainly worth growing 

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