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Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 19:58

Geoff. Haven't started mine off yet but checked them today, they've been kept in damp compost over winter, they look healthy, a couple have shoots and I've two tubers bought in February from the GC. 

I plan to grow them in a trough, reading your reply, would it be ok to plant them in a trough in April and move the trough into the shed if there's a frost.

Space is limited indoors as veg seedlings take priority although at present there are few, by the end of April the back bedroom will look like an oasis  


Posted: 10/03/2013 at 19:27

I'm potting up or sowing seeds in the GH at present when it's raining but then catch up with gardening progammes on iplayer or go through the natural history programmes, I like David Attonborugh, not quite gardening unless you own Kew Gardens or a house in the jungle .

Like Bev, I''m trying to plan what to grow and where to plant it. GH plan has changed several times, I'm trying to decide what to grow in the GH bed which isn't a tomato, there's space for 9 plants, decided on what to plant in 7ish spaces.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 19:07

Only reached about 4C here. We had light snow, it was so light I had to go outside to check it was snowing. 

Did some potting up in the GH. The neighbouring allotment was a hive of activity today, a newbie said hello through the fence, which was friendly.

There look to be some poor cultivated plots this year, was thinking of asking the chair of the committee if anyone wants to share a plot although I believe waiting lists are long but heard you get priority if you live nearby, I'm 5ft away


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 20:23

In the main I found, compost, I bought last year was poor quality, it was more luck  than design that the occassional bag was good quality, so, thought ahead and made most of my own compost for this year.

Mine is a small garden with only three veg beds and a couple of flower beds so was able to store enough leaf mould and had space for a bin of horse muck to happily rot down over last year. This went on the veg beds in the autumn and along with spent compost from a failed Xmas spud crop which has been used to mulch the flower beds, what's in the full darlek will be for pots.

I'd advise a mix of bought and home grown compost.

Good luck with what you've bought.     

This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 19:31

Your Favourite Tools

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 19:27

Loppers with extending handles, great for reaching the neighbours climbers as they start to creep over the fence, a pair of pink handled secateurs, only pair that have never been lost, and a new favourite, I've just bought a seed sowing kit from Wilkinson's with dibber, seed disperser, fine sieve and a little thingy which you lower seedlings into compost with.

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 23:29

Just watched GW on iplayer. Enjoyed most of the programme but it all can't appeal to everyone. Liked Monty's raised veg beds and recycled path, nice to see Nigel and the stray  chicken running across the camera's view .

Looking forward to Beachgrove.


"My Reviews"

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 22:44

Hi, Daniel..

My reviews also stand at 1256 and today I'm supposed to have posted this..

Posted: 08 March 2013 Overall: I have bought and planted hellebore orientalis seeds 2 years running. kept them in the greenhouse but have had no germination at all. where am i going wrong ?  

 Haven't been through the 1256 reviews but suspect I haven't reviewed any of the plants mentioned and certainly haven't sown hellebore orientalis seeds two years running.  

Seed swap

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 21:41

Joyce. I already have lots of different veg seeds, more than enough for this year. If anyone does want any veg seeds though I'm happy to swap some of my extra seeds.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 21:32

Wet and windy here. 

The wind must have been quite strong as when I got home it had ripped a 9ft long plastic covered, metal framed, cloche out of the ground and blown it across the garden. The GH stopped it in it's tracks, luckily none of the glass was broken.

figrat. You'll soon know if you have sweet pea. 

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