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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 21:52

How are everyone's sweet peas faring in this current cold spell. I'm only getting out to check mine at weekends but they look to be doing remarkably well, better than last year, some of the new growth/stems are beginning to thicken up. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 21:44

Very cold all day but no snow.

Frank.I'm due to travel up to Stockton mid week, how deep is the snow, don't relish the thought of driving and from the forecast this evening it sounds like you'll have snow most of the week .

worm compost

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 22:54

I read it as those worm moulds you get in your lawn and was wondering how big is the lawn to produce enough to even consider adding it to compost 

Raised herb bed

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 22:23

It's good idea to consider whether you are growing herbs just as companion plants, for cooking or both. There are some perennial herbs which grow well here in the UK,  some herbs can be planted in flower beds and most people wouldn't know they were herbs, and there are others which need to be  sown annually.

I grow basil along side toms as it's supposed to improve the taste and  grow coriander which is allowed to bolt purely because I like the smell when you brush past it but also use it in curries and the seeds store well. Chives are good in lots of dishes and produce nice lilac flowers. 

Bookwormy. It would help to know which herbs you want to grow...which flowers do you want to grow and are you growing veg...

Growing fruit

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 21:35

Don't see why you shouldn't try growing blueberries in your part of the country. They do reasonably well in pots outdoors. I'm in Lancashire just over the border from Cumbria. If your garden is exposed try positioning the pots near to the house. Top Hat does well here, not sure what the other variety is which I have!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 21:24

The snow melted over night here and it's been alot milder today.

Seed swap

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 21:06

Got mine Gardengirl. Only sent mine to you today though, took them to work two days on the trot meaning to post them but didn't get chance to go out at lunch time, it was too cold to go out again last night so I've put in some extra seeds by way of a sorry, hope you like them.   

advice regarding strawberries for newbie

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 20:58

If sowing strawberry seeds you can leave it as late as May and June although on most packets it says sow Autumn and Spring, sowing later still produces plants large and strong enough to get through the winter to fruit the following year.   

It depends what type of strawberries you want. It's easier to buy plants but I found little choice when doing this, you can buy your usual garden varities but can grow some fabulous tasting alpine strawberries from seed, an acquired taste. Alpine are alot smaller but seem to produce fruit all summer but they don't produce runners. They come in different colours too...I'll have red, white and yellow this year.

The plant you get this year will probably just be foliage and a few buds, wouldn't go as far as saying it's a nice looking plant. You'll also get some die back on the leaves which can be removed without damaging the plant.

One or two plants aren't going to produce many stawberries either, you need at least a dozen or more plants. If you have a variety which produces runners, they can be planted in hanging baskets as the runners will hang down and these will produce fruit next year along with the mother plant. Keep the baskets well watered.

Composting and wormery

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 21:26

May have got this really wrong but I was making a wormery for the liquid feed it produces can't imagine one would make heaps of compost...

Best tasting cherry tomatoes

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 21:01

Green Magpie. Sounds like Maskotka are worth a try this year.

Slightly off topic, as these toms haven't yet been grown or tasted...I've also a french tom variety, called cerise, brought back from holiday last year. From my limited French, after reading the distructions and looking at the pictures on the packet it looks like a cherry variety which grows on a vine and in France can be sown out doors although I'd be looking to grow in GH.  Has anyone tried these...      

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