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'what have I planted this week!'
Wed 8-May-13
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potted out chilli seedlings, I thought these had not germinated then they just popped up.

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Wed 8-May-13
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I have sweet peas that come back every year in the most peculiar places. I think the pods explode in the fall and expel the seeds quite a distance. The renewed growth produces lots of flowers but over the years they seem to have lost any fragrance.

The only things I plant from seed are nasturtiums and start them right in the garden. Unfortunately, the last two years I have got tons of greenery but only a few flowers which is very disappointing. Any suggestions?

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Wed 8-May-13
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Have you been feeding them, Chris?  I think some fertilizers encourage lush leaf growth at the expense of flowers.

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This afternoon I planted the new chilli seeds I ordered the other week. I also finally found the chive seeds which I knew I had but had mislaid, so I planted those too, since the chives in the garden had finally died out after quite a few years.

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Thu 9-May-13
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This morning I have planted out what felt like hundreds of nemophilia 5-spot under the soft fruit trees.  Also planted out Love-in-a-Mist and some unpronounceable Italian flowers under the thornless blackberry and some hostas under the apple tree. 

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Planted out some sweet peas yesterday, they will grow around the trellis that hides the oil tank. Will re-sow some herb seeds as they all grew to leggy as they were indoors for such a long time- they all germinated well originally, so I think will soon be outdoors once the new batch  do, now it is a bit warmer generally.

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Sooliz said:

Have you been feeding them, Chris?  I think some fertilizers encourage lush leaf growth at the expense of flowers.

No, not intentionally. I only fertilize the vegetables and lawn. Maybe some fertilizer blew over!

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Fri 10-May-13
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The Liquineer said:

Planted out some sweet peas yesterday, they will grow around the trellis that hides the oil tank. 

I like the idea of using sweetpeas to hide utilities in the garden.  So far my luck with sweatpeas has been non-existent.  This year I decided to order in plants rather than try from seed.  I also took the precaution of getting (and actually using this time) the nematodes you water into the soil that eat slugs.  So far that does appear to be working as aside from one hosta being nibbled on, the lettuce and sweetpeas have been untouched so far. 

 

Good luck with the herbs – sowing early this year seems to have been a lost cause by and large as we were stuck holding plants indoors for weeks longer than expected.  Hopefully your second sowing will go well.

Fri 10-May-13
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Parsnips, red cabbage, ornamental gourds, leeks, garlic and the magic beans are still in my pocket awaiting one of my neighbours with a cow....forgot to put them in....tomorrow will do.ponderponder

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Fri 17-May-13
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I bought four tomato plants yesterday - two regular size, one grape and one cherry. I still have to prepare the bed but should get them in this weekend. This is the first weekend when we are generally safe from frost so keeping my fingers crossed.  Also bought a pot of basil and I think I will keep it in the pot and try to over winter it inside. I had success with last year's Rosemary which I continued to harvest inside all winter and which is now outside again. It seems to do better if it isn't dug up in the Fall and transferred to a pot.

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Sat 18-May-13
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This morning I planted out peas and beans that I sprouted indoors then moved to the greenhouse. They had to go out to make room for other things, so I hope the weather is kind. I also planted more lettuces - I bought a 'growing salad' tray from the supermarket and got dozens of plants out of it. They took a couple of weeks to recover from being split up but are all growing away well now. Every time I plant out I find stray tomato seedlings so I'm potting them all up. They have to be from the too tiny remainders from last year's ferline and sungold so I wonder how they will do. I've also saved a few seedlings which are either squash or marrow of some sort. I've no room for them all so I'm thinking about putting one in the top of a full compost bin while it rots down over the summer. I need to get creative with my growing space! I usually have a well thought out plan but this year I'm pushing things in anywhere there's room and hoping for the best.

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Sat 18-May-13
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This afternoon I planted a few more chillies. Since they are going to live indoors, they'll have a long 'season' and hopefully they'll give me some chillies sometime towards autumn. I followed a friends advice and put the seeds between two sheets of wet kitchen roll. They've had almost 100% germination success using that method this year so it's probably worth a go.

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Sat 18-May-13
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Hi Danuta! smooch

I'll try that again!

Sun 19-May-13
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I re potted some yellow cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers I found growing under the pea shoots I harvested the other day. I thought they had not germinated and just stuck the peas into the same pot, I was quite suprised to see the other plants coming up underneath them.

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Sun 19-May-13
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Two tree tomatoes and two feijoas (pineapple guava) planted up.  We are harvesting the first of the salads (radish and mixed lettuce) at long last.  The rest of the veg is puttering along moderately well but nothing has really kicked into a growth spurt as yet...never hot enough for long enough for that to happen.

 

On the ornamental side I have to today pot up the last hanging baskets with verbena, pansy and petunia.  We also have miscellaneous flowers that need potting on (miscellaneous cos I neglected to label the seed trays...I always regret that after the fact when I am standing over them trying to guess what they are...).

 

Does anyone know how to grow sweet potatoes in Britain?  I have 6 young plants (of the lavender coloured variety that I have been looking for for years) but am not sure where to be planting them.  Can they be treated like potatoes?

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