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How to garden in 2012

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 13, 2012 Posted Tags: Comment 4 Comments
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It is a good question and I don't really know tha answer but there are a couple of things you can do to succeed. You can start everything in pots, even beetroot can be sown in small modules and then planted out later without disturbing their roots. I used the opposite method and started everything outside, except the obvious tomatoes and peppers, but this year it just does not work. I started my beans in small pots, just one seed in a pot, and now they are getting ready for the outside world, the cold, the wind and the rain. Delay your sowings, or sow some species again if you have failed. Beetroot particularly is just a sad sight this year with sporadic germination and no growth for almost a month. I always try to get ahead and sow my root veggies very early so they come up and gr

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Problems with Squashes and Pumpkins.

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      There seems to be a lot of questions arising from problems with Squashes and Pumpkins this season.  The Cucubit family which includes Squashes, Pumpkins, Melons, Cucumbers and Courgettes seem to be causing many folks trouble. Many have told of poor germination or not germinating at all. This sowing season has been cold and wet. Even indoors the nights and some days have been much cooler and damper than usual, this is often the cause of poor germination. Cucubits in particular hate been cold and wet. They originate mainly from South and Central America, this tells you they like it warm. They do like lots of water when it's warm and they are growing strongly in the garden, but not as seedlings, wet will kill them. Cool damp conditions cause seeds to rot bef

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Growing broad beans – Overwintering

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 31, 2010 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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Broad beans are ready to harvest from late May through May and June from an autumn sowing. These great long pods are from the Broad Bean Aquadulce Claudia, which is a very hardy variety, the standard for overwintering. One great thing is about growing broad beans is that they are ready to harvest in late May, when there is hardly any other veg available to pick, from an October sowing, and it is really satisfying to sow the seeds outside in the autumn. An other main reason is for the autumn sowing is to avoid the damage caused by black flies. These insects love to feed on the top of the broad beans and on the joints of the flowers, but with overwintering the plants you can easily avoid this, as the plants will flower and the pods will be ready sooner than the black flies can do any da

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How to grow lobelia from seed; an easy guide to growing lobelias

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender March 19, 2010 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments

Lobelia seeds are very tiny, rather dust-like, but do not be scared, it is easy to sow and grow them. Actually one of the easiest annual flower and the rewards of the shiny flowers are really worth the try to grow these beauties in your garden. If you have hanging baskets around your house or shed, then in those you can grow the trailing varieties, like our cascade mix. The bush varieties mostly used in borders, smaller garden tubs or why not try your favourite biscuit's tin to grow lobelia in. Sowing: Sprinkle the lobelia seeds on the surface of a good seed compost and do not cover the tiny flower seeds with anything, the lobelia seeds need light to germinate. Gently firm the compost down after you sprinkled the seeds. Keep the seed trays, pots at a temperature of 18-24 Celsius. The

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Growing and Sowing Sweet Peas

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 25, 2010 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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Sweet peas are as popular as ever, and nowadays a wide range available, both old fashioned heirloom varieties and modern, long stemmed cut flower varieties too. Most of the flowers are highly scented and have a long flowering period, especially if taken care of (will expand on that a little later). Sowing: Many experienced gardeners sow the sweet pea seeds in the autumn (September-November) into a cold frame/unheated greenhouse and then plant them out later in the spring when the soil warms up a bit. This is not advised in the North of the country though. You better off sowing the sweet pea seeds in the spring, in March and then plant them out to their final position when the seedlings are 5-7 inches tall. The sweet pea seeds have hard coats. To aid the germination the seeds can b

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Cos Lettuce sowing and growing

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 20, 2010 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments

Cos lettuce is more popular year after year in the kitchen garden around the country. The crisp texture and sweet flavour make well worth a try to grow this type of leaf veg. Early crops can be sown under glass from mid January until end of February. Sow the lettuce seeds into half an inch deep drills. Prick out the seedling when large enough to handle and grow them on in small pots, and when all risk of frost has passed they can go outside to their final position. If you don't have the space inside, then you can sow them a little later in an unheated greenhouse or directly outside from mid March to June. Thin out as the seedlings emerge and you can eat these thinnings too, leave 6-10in between the plants. Little gem requires smaller space as it is a really compact type cos lettuce with

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Lathyrus latifolius Everlasting Sweet Pea

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 18, 2010 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments

L. latifolius is the well know perennial sweet pea. Native to Central an Southern Europe and can be found in Japan and in North America where it is an introduced flower. Once it was widely grown in many English garden. Despite its lack of scent it is getting more and more popular again among keen gardeners. The mixture of seeds available are produce white, pink and purple flowers, wich makes a stunning display and give a year after year enjoyment. The plant is a climber, so best to grow on trellis, on a south facing wall, or you can try to grow them in hanging basket for a cascading effect. Easily grown in any type of soil, but thrives in a well drained rich and warm soil. Prefers a sunny location, perhaps near to your patio where you can enjoy the beautiful flowers all summer long.

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How to grow tomatoes from seed

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 14, 2010 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments

Come sowing time! Spring is approaching fast and everyone is getting ready to sow some tomato seeds. They are fairly easy to grow from seed and if you have a warm windowsill in your kitchen then the germination will not be a problem. For the tastiest fruits many gardener grow the tomatoes in a greenhouse, polytunnel or even in a conservatory. However outside growing is rewarding too, just make sure you grow the plants in the warmest, sheltered area of your plot, garden. Sowing the tomato seeds Ideally label and fill a small pot or a seedtray with seed sowing compost, firm down and water. Scatter the seeds thinly as most of them will germinate be careful not to over sow at this stage. Place the pot on a windowsill or warm light shelf to germinate, and within 2 weeks, you should see

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