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MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 20:17

Any reason why it can't be called the good morning thread to keep everyone happy with an explanation to say...this is the good morning thread...where we say hello at the start of the day...wellcoming new and old poster ( before I'm inundated with posters saying...that's an ageist comment Zoomer , I'm not referring to age)

May have missed something here....but...come on you guys lighten up...

 

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 19:59

Good idea for a thread, I'm usually at work during the week, up at 6am and then out by 8am  looking forward to my retirement, but the goal posts keep changing so don't know when that will be.

Will join in at weekends, happy gardening.

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...

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Best site for asparagus...

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New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Best compost for 2015

Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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