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Post by Wendyf » 19 Mar 2017, 08:30

This year I am going to have a serious attempt at growing celeriac...it says on the packet that it's easy to grow but I have failed on two occasions. Yesterday i sowed some of the tiny seeds (so small you just sprinkle them on the surface of the compost) and put the tray in a propagator on the bedroom windowsill. They need a temperature between 20C & 25C to germinate, so fingers crossed. I've made an earlier than usual start with aubergine seeds as well, I normally get nice plants but they fruit too late in the season to grow into anything worth eating.
When it gets fit to venture out again I'll plant some broad beans and a few onion sets in the poly tunnel, it's too early in the season to do much in there.

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Post by Sue » 19 Mar 2017, 18:43

Had a lovely day in Coventry with the grandchildren and family of course. Had a beautiful drive across Derbyshire rather than the motorway. The rain hit at Buxton!

They reminded me to plant my veggie seeds they bought me for my birthday
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Post by Sue » 02 Apr 2017, 07:26

Veggie seeds are all germinating beautifully. Some are nearly ready to pot on to bigger pots and trays.

I have a couple of hostas I need to plant in the garden today.
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Post by Moh » 02 Apr 2017, 12:13

It is so nice to see colour in the garden - we have 2 camellia bushes - one red & one pink which are full of bloom, and our rhodedendrons are full of bud.
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Post by Stanley » 02 Apr 2017, 13:32

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As I say every year, the growing season isn't fully under way in Barlick until after the last frost and that is always around the second week in June. However, here's a pic of the front garden today. There are signs of life! The lilac is coming into leaf, the chives have started moving and young mint shoots are appearing all over the plot. The Ladslove, as usual, looks dead as a Dodo but it is always late and I think we'll soon see signs of life.
We may perhaps have wintered yet again!
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Post by Whyperion » 02 Apr 2017, 20:43

Every dandilyon is blooming, which the hoverflies like. The wild strawberrys that are growing in the cracks in the paving have bloomed as well today. The garden rear only gets irregular sun , I didnt cut the lawn much last year, and ended up with too many heavy duty buttercups, so am going to aim for a more frequent mowing apart from a small patch of clover for the bees. The tall privet I am also reducing, birds like it, but there are not too many around owing to cats and a lack of food sources in the house gardens compared to the woods by the motorway.

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Re: Gardening

Post by Stanley » 16 Apr 2017, 07:54

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The mint is making a brave show, things are starting to move. All we need to do now is get over this cold spell!
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Post by Tripps » 16 Apr 2017, 10:20

Stanley wrote:
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The mint is making a brave show, things are starting to move.
I'm worried now. I split mine up and put it in a couple of pots last year, and there's no sign of it yet, whilst up in the frozen North yours is booming. :smile:

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Post by Stanley » 17 Apr 2017, 02:32

Mint is probably the hardest plant to kill, I shouldn't worry David. Mind you, mine is well established now and very vigorous!.
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Post by Sue » 17 Apr 2017, 07:28

My mint is only just appearing, I have several types and on or two still look like dead twigs. However the garden seems greener by the day and my veggie plants have all germinated and are growing well in the greenhouse
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Re: Gardening

Post by Stanley » 18 Apr 2017, 03:43

Over the years one particular strain of mint appears to have ousted all the others, I think it's Apple Mint. It appears to be very tough and well suited to Barlick weather!
I think my Chives are overdue for splitting! The Ladslove is well established now and while it always looks dead at this time of the year it will return!
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