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'what have I planted this week!'
Tue 18-Jan-11
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Toffeeapple
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Ruthie, what variety of peas have you been snipping, please?  Last year I grew some specifically for that but they didn't have much of a flavour.

I'll try that again!

Tue 18-Jan-11
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I just used the same ones I'd grown out in the summer. Hang on, I'll look at the packet...............

Kelvedon Wonder.

I have to admit I've treated them quite badly, forgetting to water them and all, but they've been very forgiving. Poor things, they deserve the chance to stretch their roots out in a proper bed!

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Tue 18-Jan-11
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Thanks Ruthie, I'll have a look in the Ironmongers tomorrow to see what varieties they have there.  I'll probably sow some purple basil too, that tastes wonderful  when only 1 cm tall.

I'll try that again!

Tue 18-Jan-11
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Terrier said:

Thought I'd restart this and get you all inspired..Yesterday I planted sweet peas and broad beans, today I've potted up some jerusalem artichokes and some heuchera 'bits'.


Well done you! Shame on me, I've not got round to ordering my seeds yet, that's it must get a spurt on, wish I could muster up some energy, this cold makes my bones ache from many years of surgery, wears me down.....

Need to see some new growth & excitement I get when seeds begin their journey & push through the compost, makes everything worthwhile! wave 

Tue 18-Jan-11
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Toffeeapple said:

Thanks Ruthie, I'll have a look in the Ironmongers tomorrow to see what varieties they have there.  I'll probably sow some purple basil too, that tastes wonderful  when only 1 cm tall.


 

Thanks for that tip, I've been given lots of free packets of seeds in that last two or three years, and being a hoarder I've still got 'em. I know there are several tiny packets of different basils amongst them.

Micro greens - is that the posh name for when you just sprout the seeds and eat them? Now there's a good idea for using up the ends of all those old packets of veg seeds I've got in my box. I guess most veg seeds would taste ok.

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Tue 18-Jan-11
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just sorted out all my seeds this evening, trying to get them in some sort of order. some are a few years out of date, but worth a try still I suppose.

Got loads of salady type green, some labelled 'microgreens', mixed salad, hot mix, green mix, meditrranean mix...thing is I've thrown the original outer packets away and they are all stuffed in a webbs lettuce packet. Looks like it will just have to be trial & error.  However as someone else has already mentioned, the weather seems to have take a turn for the worst agian, heavy frost last night and bllody cold, but beautifully bright while outside on gardening jobs all day today.

Wed 19-Jan-11
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Well fellow greenfingers, although winter is definitely not over here, snow forecast for the weekend, the stuff in the cold frame loks healthy still, the sweet peas are a good 2inches and strong looking, the borage is sprouting and the snow on the mountain is looking really good too, next week I will sow indoor tomatoes, then transplant in mid february into cold frame.     This is just an experiment in the memory of an elderly friend who was a champion sweet pea grower, ( he died last year) he did say to me when I was wingeing about Bulgaria being too hot for sweet peas, he said, experiment and keep notes, nature has a funny way of adapting!!! Im sure Jimmy was right! bless him.

O finally the sweet williams are surviving to! happy days.

Fri 21-Jan-11
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yesterday i filched a pile of twisted hazel cuttings on my travels , then came in crawled into bed and gave into to my lousy snotty cold virus, trouble is i them woke up at 1am dying for a cup of tea so ive guzzled that and a lemsip think i will go back to bed soon ,a unheated house is no fun on a frosty night

Fri 21-Jan-11
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maggenpie said:

Micro greens - is that the posh name for when you just sprout the seeds and eat them? Now there's a good idea for using up the ends of all those old packets of veg seeds I've got in my box. I guess most veg seeds would taste ok.


 

As long as they organic and not covered in some sort of fungicide they are okay but most packet seeds are not

Fri 21-Jan-11
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Thanks Joanna. Is it ok if I let them shoot up an inch or two and snip the shoots though?

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Fri 21-Jan-11
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Shoots should be fine I think. As far as I know it is just the seed coat that is covered. Should still make us cautious of the seeds we buy, if we can.cheers

Fri 21-Jan-11
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Micro greens have no more than four tiny leaves, just like mustard and cress.

I'll try that again!

Fri 21-Jan-11
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Seeds that are coated with a fungicide have a 'elf and safety'warning on the packet prilled seeds are coated with a grow faster mixture  and for easier handling. Usual fungicidal seeds are onions ,shallots , leeks, some peas and beans,sweetcorn & alfalfa if bought in green manure quantities , brassicas sometimes are usually in commercial quantities. All the fungicides come in bright unnatural colours so shouldn't be a problem.wave

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Fri 21-Jan-11
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Thanks all. Off to examine my seed packets with my reading glasses on.

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Fri 21-Jan-11
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Come and report back to us Ruthie, we don't want to lose you!

I'll try that again!

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