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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 18:57

It seemed alot warmer here today, there was definitely some heat in the GH when I went in there after lunch to sow seeds, unfortunatly be teatime it was chilly again.

The plastic GH is now up, which always makes me feel like spring has arrived even if there's frost on the ground every morning. Bought a new plastic cover but the old one lasted well, I'm sure it was 4 or 5 yrs old, it was being was being held together by tape though 

Under a conifer

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 22:02

I had two huge conifers in my garden as tall as the house.

This doesn't answer your Q as the plants aren't evergreen but blue bells, strawberries and chinese lanterns grew for Britain in their roots.

prenial flowers for cutting

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 21:34

 Sorry Cody forgot you are 10.

Have you thought about growing a bed of sunflowers, they aren't perennials but you can grow small varieties which only grow to 3ft, 4ft and 5ft. They attract birds and when they flower the heads can be saved and dried out for their seeds to feed birds over winter.  

There are some perennial herbs which flower, chives have lilac flowers.

Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 20:37

 Will tubers grow without a good soaking, mine didn't get one.

discodave. Wait a few more weeks before sowing unless you have a nice sunny/warm room to grow the seedlings on in till hardening off time. 

This time last year I had loads of seedlings romping away but we did have a warm March/April. Pretty much everything I've sown this year is growing really slowly, me thinks, because of the cold weather and lack of light. 

onion sets

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 20:11

I grew two garlic varieties last year, one was my own stock, the other cultivated, both got rust but the home grown garlic seemed to ward it off longer. The harvested bulbs were only small but they've kept well.   

This years garlic, planted in October hadn't even rooted or shown any shoots by February, so as a back up in January, against all good advise, I bought two huge bulbs from a local nursery in their fruit and veg shop. The roots were forced indoors and they went out in the GH, possibly the end of Feb, and to catch the frost they went out into the veg bed beginning of this month. They've survived all the recent frost we've had and are looking like true survivors. In fact they look like the best garlic I've ever planted but there's at least another 4-5 months before harvest...fingers crossed...

onion sets

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 17:05

I had problems with rust last year, so planted garlic in a different spot this time.

Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 17:02

Well done discodave. Mine only went in compost at the weekend so they've a way to go yet, one was already sprouting though.

prenial flowers for cutting

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 23:41

I think you'll struggle to get perenniel flowers from seeds sown this year and Dahlia's although producing fabulous flowers aren't plants which can be left in the ground over winter, you can sow them now but the tubers will need to be lifted before winter sets in unless you live in an area of the country which is mild and choose to take your chances with the weather...,   .

You need a 2yr plan. Look to sowing annuals now and start planning for next year. Biannuals and perennials sown in July/August can be planted  out before the first frost and providing the winter isn't sever you'll have some really good, healthy plants at the start of 2014. In an allotment they'll also provide good ground cover over Winter.     

As to which one's...what do you like...big and bold...small and petite....I'm sure other poster can help with choice of plants...

Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 21:46

blueberry 77/ Brian...always nice to converse with posters in Yorkshire.  

Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 20:28

I'm from Lancashire, near the coast and Cumbria boarder. Do travel to Bacup and Barnoldswick, so know how sever the weather can be in that direction.   

I have three veg beds in the garden and grow other stuff in pots.

Me thinks you are right in being wary. I grow spuds in bags and if the weather doesn't pick up my spuds won't be planted out until mid April. I've not chitted them since January...some were bought at spud fairs... to bring them in daily to avoid a frost. I've 1st, 2nd and early main.

 I don't grow broad beans, don' like them they seem to go stringy, yuk  and I've never been able to over winter them. French/runner beans though seem to like the wet Northern climate and pea's did well last year along with other stuff.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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Lidl fruit tree's....

Does anyone know the root stock... 
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Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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Fruit tree ID...

Can anyone identify this fruit tree... 
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Buy cheap pay twice...

I knew when I bought it I shouldn't have done.. 
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What to grow in vacated veg beds....

I've three raised beds.... 
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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 20:03

A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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