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How often do you buy seeds and it's NOT what the packet said?

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 16:51

Busy Bee, Mel is ranting about a whole packet, not one stray plant.  I should imagine most of us have found a stranger in a seed tray, or in compost, once in a while.

How often do you buy seeds and it's NOT what the packet said?

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 15:10
Mel Mcbride wrote (see)

Correct me if I'm wrong here, but they are packed in factories.. many packets at a time, therefore the odds of it being one or two packets are ZERO.

Yes, Mel, You are Wrong.  Salad leaves should not be grown for, was it, 10 weeks?



Posted: 15/06/2014 at 15:01

I think it is a bit of a myth that ferns have to grow in the shade.  The hedge banks hereabouts are in full sun and grow magnificent ferns.  They also of course grow well in the shade.

How often do you buy seeds and it's NOT what the packet said?

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 14:55

Cress is a brassica, and you wouldn't let that grow so big before you cropped it.  Most salad leaf mixtures are brassicas.

Sow the other packet, but harvest the seeds as soon as they are big enough to put in a salad.

I still think the fault lies with you not the seed company.  I think everybody is too kind to tell you; or they are not gardeners.


Posted: 15/06/2014 at 11:04

rebecca, how can you grow something but never try it!!??  Elderflowers have great affinity with gooseberries.  There are many recipes for using gooseberries, sweet and one or two savoury.  

Get out there today and pick some.  Cook something with them.  And taste them.

French beans

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 20:42

One of the best crops to grow.  It's impossible to get decent beans in the supermarket and greengrocers are not much better.  Try and track some down, even if they crop in September.


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 20:38

sometimes they curl because they're happy!

French beans

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 18:28

What seed company was it?  Some sell hopeless seed at inflated prices.

Talkback: Urban foxes on the allotment

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 15:11

No the fox did not massacre them.  It's just the nature of the fox.  If you had left the bodies where they lay the fox would have come back to collect them over time.  

Having lived and worked in the country for many years, I find it hard to smile benignly on people that encourage foxes. Or badgers. 

Nettles & Butterflies

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 15:02

Examine the nettles and you will probably see the caterpillars or eggs.

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