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"desirable" plants that become invasive monsters

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 21:26

Verdun. We aren't on speaking terms due to a dispute over the fence  they say, whats goes around comes around

Another Vitopod question

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 22:50

Sounds an exciting new venture, how nice to have a heated propagator in the GH. Mines, an indoor window ledge type, so this doesn't answer your question but I agree with LearningSlowly, no matter how tempting it is, try to hold off germinating to soon. I learnt the hard way and am still learning. 

I keep a gardening diary of when early seeds are sown and whether the plants grew or not, which has been useful for stuff which needs a long growing season like peppers, chillies and aubergines. Was going to start sowing aubergines and peppers a week earlier this year. 

You might want to keep a dairy to include temperatures of sowings, then you'll know for future years which you've tried and what works, usually the seed packets say at what  temp stuff germinates but sowing times can vary as to where you live in the country. 

"desirable" plants that become invasive monsters

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 21:56

I planted a bamboo several years ago, thought it would look quite nice, kind of oriental  and cover the neighbours high fence. It did for a while, but I realised it was invasive when it began to sprout through a slate bed several feet from the original plant. About the same time I noticed it had migrated to the said neighbours garden

Absolute nightmare to get rid of and it still tries to grow back through the wall from neighbours plant. The said neighbour hasn't realised it grew from my garden , I over heard him last summer telling a visitor how much he liked it but said it had just sprung up one year and he didn't know from where, the fence is a high one  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 21:28

Snowed during the night here with a light covering on cars this morning. It was still snowing at 8am but turned to rain and has rained most of the day. 

Bunnysgarden/Highland Jeannie. Thanks for the weather forecast.Haven't booked my travel tickets yet, going Saturday and there's a fast track coach which runs during the night but the comfort of the train is inviting. Aberdeen is such a lovely, vibrant city.

Seed swap

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 20:54

Bev. Received my seeds, thanks very much.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 21:09

Since Sunday, been expecting snow here,  but the skies have stayed clear. It was cold this morning and cloudy but it's stayed fine all day.

Going up to Aberdeen this weekend. It's been snowing up there but not sure how heavy. Can't decide whether to go on the train or overnight coach. Don't fancy the coach if the roads are going to be bad but a couple of years ago when I went on the train in winter, there were delays at Edinburgh coming home due to snow in the South, would you believe it    

Cheap seeds

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 17:03

artjak. Didn't look to closely, noticed some labels had pictures of apples and pears on but had to walk past them quickly there isn't room in my garden for fruit tree's  

1st Early potatoes

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 16:51

1st Early potatoes

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 16:35

It does depend where you live, as to when you can plant out, I border on caution, mine usually go out about beginning of April, there's still chance of a frost but the garden's sheltered so a late frost doesn't seem to touch them, brother puts his out in March,  he might get his first crop a week or two earlier than mine but can spend a couple of weeks bringing then in and out of shed. Last year the first spuds were ready end of July probably later than most but worth the wait. You are right they can go out sooner but you would need to be mindful of a frost.

Mine chit in an unheated room out of direct sunlight so they aren't on a window ledge and don't go leggy. They've been there a few weeks now and only just have shoots and a cold spell will knock them back. Give it a couple more weeks and you'll find the spuds in shops will start to show weak white shoots which isn't a good start. I prefer to have them at home and take my chances.

Potato fairs are usually from January onwards so other people must start chitting early.

Hope you aren't any more bewildered in Southampton

Brother has a weather station too which helps, he knows when it's likely to be frosty       


Posted: 10/02/2013 at 00:39

I'd noticed a lot of people seem to live in Tower Hamlet.

Tower Hamlet is part of the Old East End, bombed severely during the war, it's were all the new regeneration has gone on in London, with the creation of Fishermans Warf and the Olympic village.

If you've ever had the pleasure of going on the river bus to Hampton Court you'd see it's mainly sky scrapers and office buildings now, wouldn't have thought it was allotmenteering country or they'd have big gardens, land being at a premium in London.

Someone sugested on an earlier post Tower Hamlet could be where GW comes from/are based hence Tower Hamlet being used as the place peope live if outside the UK. 

 Prehaps we should ask the editor....

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