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Planting & Staggering !

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 21:52

I would say you can sow but can't plant out tender veg plants till the last frost

I've not grown onions from seed so can't advise but sowing most veg seeds in Feb/March unless your soil is warmed up and the plants protected, will need nurturing for several months in small pots either indoors or a heated GH and there is nothing to be gained by sowing early because later sown vegs catch up.   

Parsnips also grow a tappered root and don't take to kindly to being started off in a pot as your parsnip wil develop from that root which needs to grow straight down and not be restricted with the bottom of a pot. 

Do you have a GH or space in doors to sow? Where do plan to keep the sown seeds until planting out?

You wont believe our favorite telly programs.

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 21:07

I remember seeing a rerun of Abigail's Party, has to be a classic and the clothes...well don't get me started...

I like 'One Foot in The Grave'....and...'One Foot in the Argile' (Spellings probably wrong) has me in tears of laughter no matter how many times it's watched.

Does anyone remember ' Butterflies ' think that was what it was called. The intro music was one of Dolly Parton's songs. Going to see Dolly Parton in June .  

Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 00:13

Soaking in neat bleach for a few days gets permanent marker off plastic labels. I've had the same labels for years and use a Stabilo permanent marker. 

Christmas trees...

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 23:51

 Well David...clearly the GC's up North are slightly more in vogue and not as naff looking as those in your part of the world.

OMG wouldn't venture again into a GC which was trying to sell a tree like that one

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 23:32

I'm happy to be wrong...but off topic..how do you relate your first posting to this thread Dove on gardening...

Buried treasure

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 21:38

blair, a bit off topic but a house we moved to when I was a child had an old stove with little ovens in, in the basement where presumably meals were prepared, it wasn't a huge house but those who owned it when built must have had people making meals for them because who cooks in the basement! 

My father at the time wanted to rip it out and convert the basement into something else. He did but boarded the stove up. Stepmother now lives there, no doubt someone in the future will uncover a real treasure when she goes to the final resting place in the sky ...

Buried treasure

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 21:06

Can't say my back garden has such a history. It's a terraced house, built around 1920 or shortly after.

It had a garage base covering a third until I called in for skips and dug it up. You would not believe what people used as hard core, I found the weights from old window frames, tiles from old fire surrounds and half expected to dig up the iron frame from a four poster bed. Worms still push tiles up to the surface.

 There was a place though,in a wood nearby,where my brother's, when we were children would dig up bottles with marbles in and clay pipes, there was probably other stuff they dug up but I remember these because they would sell them to a local shop.

There are treasures round these parts though, I remember an old pub being demolished to make room for new inner city buildings, the site turned into an archological dig for months.

what the?

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 00:08

Checked out Dobies website, me thinks that's really miss leading, they do dispatch from December onwards but spuds can't be planted out before the last predicted frost which is usually April at the earliest...happy to be wrong again...

Spuds are easy pezzie to grow but not if you get them in December to start chitting for April...!   

what the?

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 23:39

I'm happy to be wrong but now isn't a time when seed spuds are ordered because it's not the chitting season for summer spuds or the growing season for Christmas spuds.

I'm not sure when you can start buying seed spuds on line but most sites will now say sold out or are clear when they will start to deliver, which is usually in the Spring and March time. If you want to buy early spuds to chit, local spud fairs start in January.

If you haven't been charged for your order I'd advise to wait until next year now to put in an order but bear in mind it won't immediately be dispatched until  possibly March at the earlist...    

Christmas trees...

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 22:41

My Christmas Tree, from last year is in a pot out in the garden, it cost £7 and after potting up has grown a few inches over the summer. It's probably too big for the coffee table now at about 2-3ft high but I was amazed it didn't die and as an evergreen added all year colour on the patio .

Went down to the local GC today and out of curiosity checked out the price of Christmas tree's. £40 for a potted 2ft high Normadic Spruce.

 ...Zoomer went off to look at decorations/cards.

What do other posters do at Christmas? Have you recycled last years tree or do you get another one...  

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Growing grass paths...

It's just an idea forming... 
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Td immunisations...

I was reading through the infor from the alloment association on the site where I have a plot... 
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'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

My neighbour has a 'mile as minute' climber growing along the fence... 
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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 18:54

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Last Post: 29/06/2014 at 22:18

Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Last Post: 28/06/2014 at 22:27

Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 21:36

It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 08:34

Lidl fruit tree's....

Does anyone know the root stock... 
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Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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