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Posted: 06/10/2013 at 20:17

A dry, cloudy day here in the NW.

First time out in the garden for a few weeks. Hedge cut, biennials planted out and the strawberry patch given a tidy, along with other things on the 'to do list'. 

Not much left to harvest now, only chillies, a few peppers, two tom plants still producing, aubergines and celeriac, the latter is doing suprising well and is taking on a size bought in shops  .

Self seeding foxglove...

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 19:53

I can well believe that GR. As the flowers went over I dug up my foxglove and composted them, just leaving three different varieties to collect seeds from, but not before, I'd split, a few, not ready to pick seed pods and there were loads of seeds in them.

 

Saving bean seeds...

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 19:42

What lovely flowers, checked the first two out on the internet.

I branched out from growing veg, to sowing biennial flower seeds last year, like you,I like sowing seeds. I'm always suprised with the end result. Hollyhock and wall flowers were planted out today, not grown either before so we shall see what next year brings, they need to survive several inches of snow yet but bellis and foxglove came through last winter.

I like collecting seeds to see if plants grow again the following year from seeds saved, hence the bean trial. Am also trying to save aubergine seeds but the aurbergines are just getting bigger with no signs of them dying back.

Happy gardening Nututlet.

Saving bean seeds...

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 21:53

Thanks nutculet.

It's only the yellow podded one's which seem to be beanless. Went out this evening as the sun was going down and holding up the pods to the sun you could see which had beans in.   

Which legumes do you grow for seed, I tried two bean varieties this year without success, Californian Black Eye Cowpea and Hyacinth Bean.

Should all horticulturalists be qualified? College investigation

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 23:08

... returning to the Q posed...Sam... you still haven't defined horticulturalist...

...'A gardener is a person that tends to a garden and is therefore a horticulturist. However, not all horticulturists are gardeners'. I'm happy to be wrong but this is a gardening forum.

I think... for what it's worth...people can garden without having formal qualifications, I don't have formal horticultural qualifications yet me thinks I do pretty well in the gardening department as regards growing veg  and other stuff I'm familiar with...so am therefore a horticulturalist by the  above definition...my knowledge has been gained through experience, from other people and reading...I try to be organic, am interested in conservation.... 

I decided before finishing reading your Q ...the answer was no...so set out to support that judgement. Dawin sprung to mind and his theories. Darwin although an educated man and a biologist he had no formal qualifications to arrive at the conclusion he did around the evolution of man (happy to be wrong on that point) he set out on a vorage of discovery, gardening is like that, you don't need qualifications but if you want to change the world having a better understanding helps and if that is gained through formal qualfications... why not ...I'm sat on the fence...        

Self seeding foxglove...

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 21:42

Will do, this weekend. Growing foxgloves was a real success this year, first time grown from seed and they were huge, bee's loved them, just need to be mindful were they are planted, definately a back of the border plant.

Also had Sweet William which has self seeded in a trough so will just transplant them.

Self seeding foxglove...

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 21:15

Thanks for the reply nutcutlet beginning to think I might be on everyone's ignore list .

Will thin them out, but they are spread in a tiny area and grow into huge plants, is it still worth potting up some of the thinned out seedlings and if so would multi purpose compost be ok and kept in the GH over winter.    

Saving bean seeds...

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 21:09

Thanks for the reply nutcutlet.

Was going to pull off all the beanless pods this weekend, I know this has been answered before but why are there no beans in them? 

...take it not many posters save their bean seeds

Planting lily bulbs

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 21:04

I use a multi purpose compost for my lilly bulbs. Most are planted in pots with crocks in the bottom.    

Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 21:01

What a nice garden, checked out where it is, not doable for me in a day but will go on my list of places to visit if ever in the the area. If a garden can look so nice in October it must be fabulous in summer

Discussions started by Zoomer44

A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Last Post: 20/04/2014 at 19:42

Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 10:04

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 09:32

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Want to use the spent compost from lilies grown in pots elsewhere... 
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 21:54

What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
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Last Post: 23/03/2014 at 21:57

Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 20:46

Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 21:17

First day on the allotment...

The first day was stopped at half time due to rain...  
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Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 21:15

Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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Last Post: 23/01/2014 at 20:42

New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
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Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 09:56

Spud fairs...

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow... 
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Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
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Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 16:18

GH tom bed...

The soil/compost was changed this year...  
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Last Post: 11/11/2013 at 20:54

Wild life...

Has anyone been watching Autumnwatch...  
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Last Post: 06/11/2013 at 21:41
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