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  1. Fat Controller

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    Well, with everything going on with project shed, and then redecorating most of the house, I have sown next to nothing so far - only a few tomato seedlings in the greenhouse.

    I was going to do some dahlias this year (have the seeds) but suspect that I am now too late to get them going, and am in fact to late to get anything going?

    I do have calendula that I was going to direct sow, and I am hoping to pick up a few things at Shineyland next month, but any ideas as to what I can get going now or direct sow would be greatly appreciated.
     
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      I put my carrots, parsnips, sunflowers and cucumbers in yesterday, and won't do the red cabbage until next week. I've also been sowing silene and allysium into pots to dot around on walls/tables. I tend to be optimistic with seed sowing though - my theory is bung it in and see what happens! I was at least a month late with my wallflowers last year but they're still budding up nicely, albeit a little shorter than they probably ought to be.
       
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        Cut 2 lawns, sowed second lot of carrots, mulched heavily between earlier sown and growing well veg rows, divided a couple of heleniums....nosey (she’s ok really) neighbour popped and left delighted with a nice clump. :)
        Been another glorious day:SUNsmile:
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          Fail to see what all that has got to do with you sowing seeds, FC, but hey ho :biggrin: You're not too late! Given fairly constant temperatures, a lot of seeds germinate within a week. Given decent compost for potting on/pricking out, plants get going a lot quicker with long daylight hours. At worst, you'll have stuff blooming beautifully in August and September :)
          I'm going to direct sow Eschscholzia, Phacelia, Opium poppies, Lunaria (Honesty) and Erodium pelargoniflorum this week.
           
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            Sorry @Fat Controller , I think I've already answered you on another thread but here goes....

            Perfect time now to sow any hardy annuals outside... Candytuft, Clarkia, Cornflower, Larkspur, Godetia are just a few wxamples.

            You're not too late for Dahlias as they are autumn flowering, I only sowed mine on Thursday and they're up alteady.
             
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              Although we have lots of plants for sale we don't have much in the way of annuals. If you need runner beans I've just, yesterday, sown 250 for the sales table.

              Someone mentioned to me that Homebase are doing 20 Summer bedding plants for £2.50. Other shops are available :heehee:
               
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                @Fat Controller, I haven’t got any chilli plants with me this visit, but when I come through next time (June), and am driving past Ashford, maybe we could do an exchange - some plants for a cuppa and a biccie?
                 
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                  Now is the time visit to some local garden centers or nurseries like we did yesterday as they are bulging with young plants like Dahlias just ready for potting on and/or hardening off.

                  Not as rewarding as growing your own from seed, but getting decent sized young plants now will give you a much better display for a lot less work.

                  Surely a summer to sit back and relax after all your recent escapades with the shed and fish tank to name but two ...
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                    Depending on how I get on, I may well take you up on that kind offer @Sian in Belgium - I need to get my thoughts sorted though, and decide what I am going to actually do; part of the problem is that in my head, I still see my garden all tidy and brimming with blooms but I am still not physically fit enough to do it all just yet - so I need to plan what and how that will see me not having to do just as much.......

                    Given where I was this time last year, I am not complaining!
                     
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                      I think you need to phase out too many annuals FC, perhaps having those for pots and baskets. Flowering perennials will mean a lot less work for you in the garden. :)
                       
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                        I was thinking about it last night @Sheal - maybe this is the perfect opportunity to re-adjust everything to make it less labour intensive, even if it means not a lot going on this year. Maybe some sunflowers, pot marigolds, nasturtiums and the odd dahlia might be just the thing while I build myself back up.
                         
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                          As we tell new gardeners or those who have taken on a rampant plot, pace yourself and work with one area at a time. I realise it's difficult for you not to let your mind run away but it will be easier on your body if you adjust your thinking to that way of gardening for the time being. :)

                          Sorry, I didn't mean to lecture you, just trying to stop you from wearing yourself out. ;)
                           
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                            No apology needed @Sheal - you are right :)

                            That is my problem at the moment, in that I can see a job needing done or see how something should be and under normal circumstances I would chuck myself at it to get it done - but then reality bites.
                             
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                              Exactly! You know how long you can spend working outside before your body tells you to stop. If you're working on one small area at a time then you shouldn't need to push yourself to the limit. Even if you split the job over a few days it will still get done. :)

                              I can only spend a couple of hours a day working in the garden now but I know if I stop when I should I will have two more hours the following day. If I push my luck any further then I know the following day is a write off.
                               
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                                Totally agree Sheal. I have found out the hard way. Listen to your body.

                                FC. Hey mate, what you went through. It's 'B' miracle you are still with us. Please slow down and, yes. Listen to your body and respect it.

                                Not wishing to ask for sympathy but. Four years ago I was diagnosed with cancer, treatable. That was a real slap in the face. It seemed like the end of my world. Since then I have undergone four operations and am now waiting for a consultations at Guys hospital. Suddenly my world came to an end. My garden is running wild. My greenhouse is horticultural morgue. My microscopes are standing idle. I now have added medical problems. Today I managed to get out and water some container roses. It was wonderful. God willing, perhaps I can get into the garden again. Friends, FC. Please count your blessings. We all LOVE our gardens and plants. Please dont overlook YOU. Yourself. Best wishes to all. Mike.
                                 
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