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'what have I planted this week!'
Sat 12-Mar-11
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kayerunrig
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i have decided it is to nice to stay at work !!!! so have come home to plant stuff not sure what , but ive plenty of choice

Sun 13-Mar-11
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Ive planted a teenager in the garden, due to his lack of chores for the week my son is on punishment duties . He is now officially my human shredder huge pile of prunings and secateurs to cut them into one inch bits , dont care if he gets blisters and dies of boredom .If any of the others show their faces ive a whole list of monotonous chores they can get on with...lol

Sun 13-Mar-11
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Thats the girl! lovei it !!

I have noticed the hyacinth bean plant is growing like mad!!!

Some of the herbs going well, only 5 geraniums out of 15 and No Petunias as yet or red hot pokers! sweet peas brilliant in the cold frame as is the snow on the mountain wil do that every year!

Day lillies starting to pop out of the ground, need to get on a  seed loads of stuff yet tarra!toffeeapple

Sun 13-Mar-11
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Cherami said:

Joanne what did you type in Google and have you managed the film yet no one has answered so I think no one has yet managed to look at it.

So I typed in the cool of the day and did not get your blog.

Not an apple wonder which fruit tree was the first or did they all come together, I wonder. Very interestin site about the seeds.


 

If I type in "now is the cool of the day" I now only come up 6th if you don't include the videos. Sniff! cry

As far as fruit is concerned I can almost see God having a go at a few trees and saying to the angels, "so what do you think of this one then?" If God created Man and he is a creative being then why shouldn't God have a great deal of fun over his creation? Trying out different things just for the sheer fun of it, artists do after all.

Well our seedlings haven't come up yet and we have finally decided the polytunnel gets a complete re-build using what wood we can salvage and wood leftover from the barn. We are pulling the guys off the barn build so that they can get on with the polytunnel. When they are working they are quick and very good. cheers

Mon 14-Mar-11
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lucky some of you have polytunnels.. now that i have a new lotti (NE-facing, sloping and very open), i have the greatest pleasure in deciding what i'm going to grow this year.. oh, the choice is endless! finally, i managed to get hold of some Egyptian Walking Onions which I've planted 5 bulbils of a few days ago. i've sown about 25 different seeds in past couple of weeks, 6 perennial flowers (none has come up crycrycry) and the rest veggies. about 10 of these have germinated last couple of days inc., tomatoes, tomatillos (first time this year), sweet pepper, aubergines and chillis. i've got 1 out of 3 globe artichoke seedlings that's healthy, but read in Christopher Lloyd's Gardening From Seed book that they're best grown from offsets. I'm finding it difficult to find any online that are of the right variety. Does anyone know any suppliers or have any experience in growing these? I'm looking for the Italian/French varieties as they're the best flavour apparently..

 

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Mon 14-Mar-11
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Bren

Globe artichokes are a weed if you ask me, but I have a lady I garden for who has them growing in her garden and I think they self seed. I wont see her for a couple of weeks but could see if she has anything. I don't know what sort they are.

Tue 15-Mar-11
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terrier: oh thanks v. much for being so thoughtful!! i didn't know that they self-seed. maybe in hotter countries, maybe? i've already got a poster made for my lotti noticeboard to put up tomorrow requesting such offsets (april is the propagation time, apparently. and that offsets with a bit of root attached is vital as well). i have thought of buying online, but the varieties i'm looking for are -

Gros Vert de Laon and Violetta di Chioggia. I don't mind if I'm able to buy the normal green ones at a cheap enough price.

Tue 15-Mar-11
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Well done irridium, I will pass on the jerusalem atichokes! they grow like weeds here, but we mistakenly had them roasted!! ( dreadful wind for 2 days!!)

IM so excited the Hyacith bean or Australian Pea is brilliant Ive seen it on line if you like quick growing climbers and are fed up with morning glory do try it it looks so good!

Only 1 hot poker, all the cobeaus have popped up a few dahlias and a few geraniums

Its always good to find a niche market, irridium do you grow rocket and asparagus your local restaurant would surely buy those?

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Thu 31-Mar-11
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As the weather was too bad to be outside much today, I've spent all afternoon in the greenhouse, potting on and planting seeds.

I've planted some more courgettes, parsley, coriander, basil and also started on some flower seeds, cosmos, dahlia, mesembryanthemum, and aster. mean to plant some marigold to keep pests down in the polytunnel, but never got round to it. Potted on some lavender plantlets that I've cared for all winter, and dug up and potted some tiny camomile plantlets.

Melon seedlings coming up, as are one or two courgette, but no sign of the butternut squash yet, has anyone grown these from seed before?

Fri 1-Apr-11
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Butternut and other squash have quite a high temperature germination point , the trick is pop a little compost in a bag with said seeds and shove them in the airing cupboard check each day and as soon as they pop pot them , theyre not quite as picky once theyve made the effort to germinate and will grow on happily or just wait patiently and hope the mice havent ate them

Fri 1-Apr-11
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We are having problems with seeds germinating as our heating is starting to get turned down (communal heating), and it is still too cold on the windowsill and now airing cupboard. We think we may have sussed it though we are trying on top of the freezer, should be warmer up there (I did say on top and not in the freezerwhistle)

Fri 1-Apr-11
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I've also soaked some beetroot seed today and hope to plant that tomorrow. Will take your advice ont he butternut Kaye and keep my fingers crossed that something appears.

Sat 2-Apr-11
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Terrier butternut grows like weeds here, once its in the ground growing itl just take off and take over be warned!, maybe wait until the weather warms up or make sure the pots are  in a sunny position.

All seedlings looking good, although I have to seed more asters, should I seed them straight into the ground as I was told they dont like to be transplanted?toffeeapple

Sat 2-Apr-11
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Will keep hoping for something to appear Maria - still no sign of anything, maybe the seeds have gone off. Not heard about problems transplanting asters, just put some in the other day - but in seed trays

Sun 3-Apr-11
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I planted herbs this weekend. Lots of little plants, rather than plugs like last year. There's flat leafed parsley, oregano, chives, basil, 2 different thymes, mint, lemonbalm, and 3 sage plants. I get through a lot of sage and last year's plant struggled to keep up.

I also finished weeding the front flowerbed and bark-mulched it so it's all looking rather pretty.

On a less happier note I found out that the shed door has been leaking and the wooden floor near the doorstep is soft. I've lifted the lino and am drying the floor out with plans to tackle it with that hardening stuff. aargh

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