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Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by Fat Controller, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. shiney

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    I think it's a good idea to look at having shrubs and perennials in the beds. They take a while to develop but mean you don't have the sudden rush at the start of the year to try and get the annuals going. You can plonk (technical gardening term) annuals in as and when you fell like it - usually when some are at give away prices.

    It's something you can chat to the others about when you come along next month and we should have something here that may be suitable. :dbgrtmb:
     
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    • JWK

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      I've got some spare tomato plants and maybe a chilli or sweet pepper going spare. I can let you have them on the Shineyland weekend. Plus the Brugsmansia cuttings (from @noisette47) that are really going great guns. I have only just sown my cucumbers and a few other veggies and flowers last weekend so I don't think you are too late for a lot of things. I will have some spare veggie/flower seedlings when I get around to potting them on I'll let you know.
       
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      • Fat Controller

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        I've got tomatoes underway @JWK, and have a couple of brug cuttings as well as a couple of cannas from @noisette47 that have now recovered from their travels and are starting to get going. I've got cucumbers to sow this weekend, and might lob some dahlias and sunflowers in at the same time, so hopefully I won't be without. I was thinking I might get some nasturtiums too, as they go bananas and hopefully that will mean that I am not without - I am possibly panicking unnecessarily. Chillis/peppers I don't have, and was looking to get a couple at shineyland - if you do have spare, I would be grateful, but only on the basis that I make a donation to the charity for them.

        A lot of the herbs have come back too, so I will take proper stock this weekend and will have a better idea of where I am.
         
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          Very successful day! And a few questions too....

          Spent a while in the greenhouse earlier, and sowed dahlias, lavatera, giant sunflowers, cucumbers, cucamelons, butternut squash, courgettes, cauliflower, lemon basil, moss curled parsley, lupins and hollyhocks.

          Already growing I have more than enough tomatoes (will need moving on next weekend), purple sage, thyme (which is flowering - is this OK?), rosemary, oregano, lemon grass, horseradish (which has bolted - do I need to stop it flowering/cut back?), chives, garlic chives (these have come back with really thick leaves like daffodil leaves - is this normal?), mint (currently going bananas), lemon verbena (very woody stems, but lots of new growth - should I cut this back later in the year?) and flat leaved parsley (which has bolted - do I do anything with it?)

          All in all, things aren't looking as bad as I first thought....
           
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          • Jenny namaste

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            Sounds to me like you've got your MOJO back :yay:
             
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              MOJO, maybe - actual ability remains to be seen :biggrin:
               
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                Whatever you do, don't put the mint or horseradish in the garden. The mint can be coped with if it starts to gallop away but the horseradish will spread sideways and also go down to Australia!

                Anything that bolts you should normally cut off the flowering stem. That should slow it down.
                 
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                  Apologies for thread - Hijack, but I was thinking of putting some Horseradish in on the allotment using the 'cut the bottom of a plastic dusbin & sink into the ground to contain it' technique - any pointers on how deep it needs to go ?

                  Alternatively I could just dig it out of the boundary hedge when I want some as there appears to be plenty around ..
                   
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                    A metre deep should do the trick, Nick:) A lot depends on the soil as to whether it decides to take over the county. I've not found it anything like as invasive on clay as it is on sandy soil. It makes better, thicker roots on sand, too.
                     
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                      It's the right time of year for thyme to flower. Just give it a light trim over afterwards to stop it getting woody. Garlic chives do have a wider leaf than ordinary ones.
                      Depending on what you're growing the lemon verbena for, you'll be using the fresh leaves, so as you pick the tips of the shoots, you automatically prune it.
                      It's not worth trying to keep parsley going once it's run to seed. If you want to let the seed form, you've got a fresh supply which germinates much better than old, bought seed. :)
                       
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                        I'd stick to that option if you have it. It took us almost 15 years to get rid of it from the garden but I planted it all along the grass verge by the field (ditch between field and verge) and now I can dig some out whenever I wish.
                         
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                          No apologies needed @OxfordNick - we don't do the 'this is my thread' thing here, the more the merrier is the way to go :)
                           
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                            Too late?
                            Yep.

                            I can play that.

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                              @shiney I’m pleased to read about the runners...I’m relying on you for my beans :dbgrtmb:, having shineyland beans makes the visit last a bit longer :hapfeet:
                               
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                                @Beckie76 let me know how many you want and I'll put them aside for you. Will 500 do? :whistle: :heehee:
                                 
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