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Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 23:14

I like to fill any gaps so it's a thumbs up for annuals from me.

All my annuals come as free seeds in gardening magazines so if they get to the stage where they can be planted out I try to find space although this year due to the bad weather, cool temps and poor light there aren't many to plant out.

My preference though, would be biennials although there's less of a choice.

By October time my veg beds are almost empty, so, as a first, last year, in modules sowed bellis, sweet william, foxglove and parsley in July, for planting out in a nursery bed, vacated by veg in September and October. Cornflower and sweet pea do well in a GH over winter.    

On the plus side and on sunny days, I get alot of bee's in the garden, especially round the bellis which has been a star performer. 

   

 

 

Potatoes

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 22:23

You can bypass chitting and just plant them out. You'll just have later spuds planting them out now. I plant out Christmas spuds in August which aren't chitted.

I'd be inclinged to plant 1st or 2nd earlies now though.  Others posters maybe able to give better advise regarding a main crop as it's possibly to late to plant those out. 

   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 21:51

It stayed dry here and was a lot warmer than yesterday.

Always nice to see the first flowers on toms, sadly they are on the plant's I bought, my home sown ones have a long way to go yet.

Planted out a sad looking lot of pea seedlings. Very disappointed with pea's this year, most seedlings have died, so another last lot has been sown.      

carrots

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 00:02

carrots

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 23:59

Carrots are similar to parsnips and have a tapered root. If the root is broken when transplanting, the carrots, if they survive will fork leading to misshaped carrots which is the reason most will advise to sow direct where you want your carrots to grow. 

I'm happy to be wrong but sowing carrots in stony ground leads to the same problem.

I prefer to grow carrots in pots, sowing then direct and harvesting as mini veg. If you sow in pots though you need to be ruthless when thinning out. The root needs room to grow, and it won't row to a size were it's worth harvesting if competing with other seedlings.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 23:03

Rain, rain and more rain. 

competitions

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 22:14

No, never won anything but you have to be in it to win it  and my enthusiasm has wained. Like yourself I'm not lucky . I'd be more inclined to enter if the winners were printed.

Help :(

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 23:38

On top of the telly does not spring to mind as the best place to let them dry out.

If the dinning room gets some sun, on the table might be better or a bright spare bedroom, on the window ledge.

Runner Beans

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 22:03

artjak, I don't know how to load pictures onto the computer. I've taken a couple of pics and loaded on the Kodak software but can't load the pics off the little storage chip, will try to work it out but it's not going to be this evening.

Must have done it before though as I've found some old pics of the garden on the computer.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 21:41

Bright and clear skies this morning with a chill in the air. Same again this evening when I got home from work, but in between it's rained as the ground was sodden. 

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