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So yesterday I shifted my pots around out the front to make them more aesthetically pleasing, and so I could fit a giant plant pot out there that's for a hibiscus to go into. I also moved my clove currant and my..... you know, I can't remember what it is. A Japanese Quince maybe?..... out the back as they, supposedly, produce edibles. That knackered me, so was sadly all I managed yesterday. So today I carried the 100L bag of soil to the front and filled the big pot with 70L, then carried the rest back to my kitchen where I sat and potted some seeds up. February has me planting Chives, Garden Cress, 4 types of tomato, Tomatillo, and Cauliflower. Exciting stuff!!
How's it going for everyone else?
Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. - Thich Nhat Hanh
Hi Lass, blimey I wish I had your energy! Yesterday I transferred two pots of fete a tête-à-tête and two pots of hyacinths (3 white and 3 pink). By the time I had filled a big tub with compost and planted them my back was killing me. I ended up with the heat pad on it until it calmed down a bit. I put the tub where I can see it when I am sat in the lounge. Pleased I have done it though as once they flower they will cheer me up to see them.
I had a satisfying time on Sunday smashing ice (it was an inch and a half thick) with a hammer so the garden birds could have a drink! Today I just topped up the bird feeders and chucked some dried mealworms on the ground for the blackbirds. I love to watch them in the winter and so very many come into the garden now that they relies the food is there.
love and hugs to all
Fraid you can't grow cauliflower in a pot, and many other veg too. There is a lot of info on the internet about various veg growing. For instance, sweetcorn, which is absolutely sublime when picked and eaten fresh, needs to be grown in blocks in a bed, such as 5x5 or 6x6 because they are wind pollenated, and you can shake them daily because the top tassell is male, so you need to shake the pollen down to the female flowers.
Why do I know this, because I am vice chairman of the Northern Ireland Vegetable Association, and have been for 10 years, I have won many hundreds of prizes for my veg over the years . If you want to grow carrots in pots, go for Paris Market, it's a small round carrot the size of a plum, so perfectly suited to pot or even better, container growing. Parsnips? No. Not in pots, they need a deep soil, and fresh seeds, old seeds have a poor germination rate, not worth it. A variety called Gladiator is good.
Any other questions please send them, I'll do my best.
Also, for most veg, sunshine is a must, otherwise they will go to seed.
How go the hyacinths and tete a tete? The latter might be popping up just now? I've spotted some of my random yellow things are budding at the minute! I call them random yellow things as they are odds and sods from my friend who works in a primary school. So they are leftover bulbs from when the kids have been planting things. Lol
I've also got a couple of crocus that have come up. A yellow one and a purple one! So that's a bit of colour for the garden.
If I had the space then I'd love something to feed the birds on. But it would need to be out the front, and tall enough to see through the window from my chair. To get something big enough, it would get in the way of the washing line. So I guess I'm just going to have to enjoy the few birds I get in the fir tree.
My seedlings are coming along nicely. All 3 cauliflower seeds have sprouted, and there's a decent number of tomato plants coming up too. However no sign of any Tomatillo, which is a massive disappointment. I've put a deadline in my calendar as to when they should have sprouted. So we'll see. If there's nothing by the deadline, they won't get binned but they will be moved out of the proooppagator, because there are quite a few things that need started next month. So I need the space! Oh, and my tulips are going great guns. Loads of leaves coming up, and I think it'll look amazing and eclectic once they hopefully flower!
I managed to get out this weekend to clear the debris from last autumn. I made a good start but there’s a way to go. Boy did it take it out of me. Today I ordered some plant plugs to fill a few gaps. I’ve never really got the hang of keeping seedlings alive so I don’t bother anymore. I know, I know. It’s easy and I’m being defeatist. I just can’t take the pain anymore (flings hand to brow in melodramatic fashion).
While I was out I was able to take stock of spring’s progress. Crocuses, daffs, snowdrops, primrose all in flower. Forsythia threatening to burst out any second. Lords and ladies and pulmonaria in leaf. Buds everywhere. Joy!
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Hi Lass and everyone else,
my tête-à-tête are in flower and are looking very pretty and cheerful. The hyacinths are growing well but not yet flowering. On a plus side there are many more of both coming up. The snowdrops are almost finished as are the crocus. Like you I too have mauve and yellow ones. The tulips are growing as well but just leaves at the moment and much smaller than yours. I love the garden this time of year when it all starts springing to life and surprising us by how beautiful the spring flowers are.
Reading about your cauliflowers reminds me of the first time I grew some. It was 1976 we had a very long hot, dry summer that year and it was my first garden! The cauliflowers grew very tall and eventually very small heads appeared on top of 3foot stalks. They looked most peculiar,
I used to have an allotment and grew loads of different vegetables and fruit, I had to give it up eventually as it became too hard for me to maintain it. Now I just grow some in the garden. I grow raspberries, black currants and blackberries in the ground and then in pots I grow strawberries, runner beans and french beans, plus herbs. It is very satisfying eating food that you have grown yourself and big bonus it tastes so much better because it is fresher. I used to go grow lettuces in grow bags. The sort that you cut of as many leaves as you want at a time. On a good year eating salad leaves every day I didn’t have to buy any at all throughout the summer!
Have you thought about one of the bird feeders that you can fit onto the window pane. I think it works on suction. You could then watch them feeding at close quarters or one you could attach to a tree or fence?
The starlings here are very greedy and are eating the mealworms as if they are going out of fashion! I have put them into a feeder which has a very small perch on it. You should see the antics as they are trying to gobble them up as quickly as they can! The greedy things are emptying the feeder every day.
hope you are all as well as can be.
love and hugs
That's a photo of a little tub out my front, just about to lose the sunshine. Crocuses are starting to finish everywhere, but many hundreds of daffodils are blooming or getting ready to bloom in parks or gardens.
I love this time of year when the sun starts to rise a little higher in the sky. Outside my bedroom window, I have a few feet of lawn then a four foot wall, on top is another bank with a very largeapple tree. For the first time, I have planted various bulbs below the tree and they are shooting up, especially with the sun's rays kissing the slope. Why didn't I do that before? Maybe because I'm spending so much time in bed these days and I want to look out at colour. Of course, when the apple blossom appears, there are hundreds of blooms, it looks fantastic .
It's a little early for cauliflower seeds, the light levels aren't good. Your seedlings' first leaves should be flush with the soil. The little seedlings will fall over, the stalk isn't strong enough. Although it may say on the packet to sow from February to April, that takes into account that the south of Britain is a month or so ahead of the north in terms of sowing times. Indeed, there's no need to sow in a propogator, they'll germinate readily outdoors in April. Same with other brassicas. Pm me and we'll put our heads together and work at it. Looking forward to chatting with you and putting the past behind. Life, as we especially are well aware, is oftentimes too short.
That’s so pretty, tvman.
Thank you Daloni
Well, 1st of March, the beginning of meteorological spring, and time to sow some tomato seeds, chillis and aubergines for the greenhouse. I'll keep them on a sunny windowsill. I have a heated propogator but when the seeds germinate, they need to be taken out or they grow too quickly and become leggy, then they may topple over and a waste of time, so that's why I prefer the windowsill. They should germinate in a week or so After about another two weeks, just when they get their 2nd set of leaves, I'll carefully use an old pencil and, holding a leaf, not the stem because it's too delicate and easily damaged, I'll transfer them from the seed tray to a 3 inch pot and they'll stay on the windowsill for another few weeks until about May, before I put them in the greenhouse.
Of course, you can skip all that out and buy young plants from a garden centre or a diy store like B&Q or Homebase but I love the hands on approach from start to finish.
Talking about hands on, I'm going to build three compost bays with pallets, hopefully today. Because I had to drastically cut down on my allotment in the field opposite because my back won't allow it, I'm back to my original plot at the top of the garden so I need to almost begin all over again. My most important piece of equipment will be a portable canvas chair for resting in once my elbows or back can't take any more. I forecast that I'll be sitting a lot!.
It's a lovely day here again, not as warm though and we have rain forecast from late afternoon. I was supposed to be at the cancer unit today, but I had a phone call from my haematologist yesterday and she said that although everything is kinda low results are no worse than the last time so I didn't need to go. As smart as your bloke, Daloni lol. As there was a mix up the last time, I have extra injections to do me for four more weeks so I'll see her then.
Enjoy the sunshine everyone.
Oooh tvman. A get out of jail early card, sunshine and a project. Who could ask for more? And thanks for the gardening master class. I’m inspired.
Have a great day
TVMAN thanks for the reminder.
Jobs for the weekend:
sow tomatoes and chillis.
Start off broad beans in root trainers (a bit late but I'm sure they'll catch up
Check chitted potatoes.
I've got 2 allotments that I'm struggling with due to my mobility issues with my leg, I have just paid the rent on these as I'm determined to grow my own. I've had many offers of help that I will take up.
We start tomorrow!
I used to sow all my parsnips and carrots into the cardboard middles of loo rolls. It cost nothing and could be planted direct into the ground without disturbing the roots at all once it was warm enough. That was in the days when I had my allotment.
Just a little tip I thought I would pass on if anyone is interested.
love and hugs
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