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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...

Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 21:46

blueberry 77/ Brian...always nice to converse with posters in Yorkshire.  

Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 20:28

I'm from Lancashire, near the coast and Cumbria boarder. Do travel to Bacup and Barnoldswick, so know how sever the weather can be in that direction.   

I have three veg beds in the garden and grow other stuff in pots.

Me thinks you are right in being wary. I grow spuds in bags and if the weather doesn't pick up my spuds won't be planted out until mid April. I've not chitted them since January...some were bought at spud fairs... to bring them in daily to avoid a frost. I've 1st, 2nd and early main.

 I don't grow broad beans, don' like them they seem to go stringy, yuk  and I've never been able to over winter them. French/runner beans though seem to like the wet Northern climate and pea's did well last year along with other stuff.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 19:11

Thanks Liz. Googled after posting, it is a cordon.

Seeds are up

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 18:38

I've Snap Dragon, Malope and dianthus doing well. Malope have started producing their second leaves, the others are still very tiny.

I've also leeks, aubergines and some chillies out of the propogator. Most of the aubergines germinated and there's a second variety sown just last weekend but these haven't come up yet. Chillies have been slow and a bit erratic at germinating. Only 3 Apache from 12 seeds and 2 Ceyenne seedlings, I've left the Ceyenne in the propogator hoping more will come up.    

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:58

Bunny..The instructions on one tom variety, Cerise are in French  will need to check on line if it's a bush or cordon . Clearly that one was bought because of the pretty picture on the packet, it looks to produce loads of toms on the vine.    

Best and worst

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:46

My favourite job is is sitting in the garden eating freshly picked strawberries, relaxing and taking in the birds and wild life.

Worst has to be cleaning the GH i'ts in a corner with fencing on two sides and a gap of only 1ft between the fence and GH. I get wet through every time it's cleaned. 

Don't mind mowing the lawn, I like the smell of freshly cut grass.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:06

Another wet day. I'm on leave Monday and Tuesday, so here's praying for dry weather.

Sowed more seeds today, toms and peppers are now started. Also sorted the seed box.... Oooh...it was like looking through a treasure chest. There were loads of radish, spring onion and carrots. The carrots must have been freebie's as I've never been able to grow them. If I sowed one seed each of the tom varieties there wouldn't be enough room to grow them all...makes a mental note to stop buying tom seeds     

What about a seperate section for absolute beginers.

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 19:43

Hi, Brian. If you've had an allotment for 45yrs, sounds like you already have lots of experience and it's always nice to have more veg growers...reading the daily threads is a good place to start... and reply or ask Q's when you want...posters are really friendly and helpful. 

What you are asking for is a welcome thread. There is a site feed back thread which you can post on...your idea sounds good...if you post on there with the idea , I'm confident you'll get a response.   

Discussions started by Zoomer44

A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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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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A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Want to use the spent compost from lilies grown in pots elsewhere... 
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What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
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Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
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Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
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First day on the allotment...

The first day was stopped at half time due to rain...  
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Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
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Spud fairs...

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow... 
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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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