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'what have I planted this week!'
Mon 20-May-13
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Sorry Rob, no idea on that one.
I planted a few herb seeds last week,,but have not been noting what I've planted, so need to go out with a pen and paper and work out what is still needed. I did label everything but its all a bit haphazard

Mon 20-May-13
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Thomson and Morgan have some instructions for sweet potatoes- looks quite interesting.

 

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/how-to-grow-sweet-potatoes

 

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Mon 20-May-13
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Does anyone know how long you need to leave the spring bulb greenery (daffodils, hyacinths etc.) before removing it? I remember my father would tie the leaves in a knot and remove them after they withered. I am ready to plant over top of them but don't want to remove the leaves too soon.

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Mon 20-May-13
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Just let them do what is natural, no need to tie them up either.  

I'll try that again!

Wed 22-May-13
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I agree, they should be left until they are at least yellow and withered, one of the reasons we only plant daffs in the lane and not in the garden, I get too impatient . We do have a few in the garden that are buried too deep and I can't get them out, I tend to last as long as I can before I pull off the tops, but it is supposed to help the bulb build up reserves and you really need to try and be patient.

Wed 22-May-13
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That's what I thought but I have already pulled off most of the leaves. Perhaps that's why I usually get lots of greenery but not many flowers!

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Fri 24-May-13
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That'll be the reason...

I'll try that again!

Sun 26-May-13
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The Liquineer said:

Thomson and Morgan have some instructions for sweet potatoes- looks quite interesting.

 

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/how-to-grow-sweet-potatoes

 

Martin

Thanks for this link - very useful info in there.  I will put them in the potato planters this year then and see how they get on.

Sun 26-May-13
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Terrier said:

I agree, they should be left until they are at least yellow and withered

This is what we are doing this year as there are a lot of daffodils in the court that threw up greenery this spring but no flowers.  Ours are all in containers so they have been put one side in the garden to die down naturally though we are giving them a supplementary feed once a week just to help bulk them up. 

Mon 27-May-13
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Good advice but a bit late for me this year. I will definitely stick to that routine next spring.

Got some seed potatoes from my daughter who has quite an extensive vegetable and herb garden in her suburban property. I have decided to plant them in a container this year to see how they do.  Any tips for me?

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Wed 29-May-13
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Also got some Eggplant and Swiss Chard plants in the ground today.. That's it, my garden is FTB (full to the brim)

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Wed 29-May-13
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brambleberry said:

. That's it, my garden is FTB (full to the brim)

My apartment is too, although I am sure I could fit at least another 2 dozen plants in if I go for vertical gardening. But OH has threatened divorce if I bring one more plant pot into the apartment.

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Sun 2-Jun-13
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lol, you just have to get devious about how you smuggle them in…I have managed to slip 3 past the watchdogs this past week alone…

Sun 2-Jun-13
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Had to admit defeat on the squash front this year.  All the melon, butternut squash, courgette and pumpkin seeds my husband sowed came up, developed well but have succumbed to the cold nights and given up the ghost.  The main stems all went transparent and keeled over. We went to a local nursery yesterday and bought some replacement plants (unheard of in this house) so they are being carefully tended prior to planting out.

 

Today I have unwillingly pulled up my wallflower plants (I already miss the colour in the raised bed outside my front window).  I have weeded the bed and planted out some french marigolds, etc and also scattered some mixed cottage garden seeds to fill in the gaps.  Fingers crossed they will grow.  Need to adopt some anti slug/snail measures now.  Where are those beer traps?

Tue 4-Jun-13
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Put my cabbages in this evening, they have been coming along lovely in individual pots in the poly tunnel, but need to be out, they will probably succumb to the cabbage white butterflies that I've seen around. I actually think they have been queuing up waiting.

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