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Offline fairweather  
#741 Posted : 16 April 2021 12:49:01(UTC)
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I find the weather less helpful to gardening in recent years. "Changeable" was good with short spells of rain and showers followed by warmth. Any particular weather type seems stuck for weeks. In recent years I seem to be gardening for a six month cool wet season followed by a six month hot and dry season. After often record breaking rainfall from October to February which ended last year's drought here (I somehow managed to miss every single summer downpour despite others within a few miles getting lucky several times!) the drought has begun with virtually no rain for six weeks and a very drying constant breeze with low dew points. Throw in below average temperatures and it's about as bad as it can get for growing.

S.Essex, 42m ASL
Offline Bertwhistle  
#742 Posted : 16 April 2021 15:03:10(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DEW Go to Quoted Post

Bedding plants - buy now and spend the next fortnight watering or buy later and find the best choice has gone?

I must admit most bedding plants don't really pot my compost- many seem to do little to bring the wildlife in so we've more or less done with them, other than native British types like primroses. This time of year the woodland bank in our garden, a mix of spring bulbs and native annuals & perennials like cowslips, with a sprinkling of pulmonaria, festoons us with bees, bee flies and hoverflies every time the sun comes out.

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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Online DEW  
#743 Posted : 16 April 2021 20:45:35(UTC)
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I'd rather grow from seed than use bedding, as indeed I used to, but time and space no longer permit

His Majestie asked me whether that weather was usual in our Island. I told him that in 40 years I never knew the like before. (Charles II talking to his jailer in Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight (the 'Island'))
Offline ARTzeman  
#744 Posted : 22 April 2021 11:56:25(UTC)
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Good afternoon folks. Had a gift card of £15 to spend in Hillier garden center. A Rosebush, Mixed geraniums, and tomato plants were purchased. Along with TWO bags of 50 ltr of container and basket compost.  All plants will be placed in the shed overnight.

Some extra funds got paid out at the tills.

Edited by user 22 April 2021 11:58:05(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Some people walk in the rain.

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Offline ARTzeman  
#745 Posted : 23 April 2021 11:32:13(UTC)
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6 Strawberry plants added this morning. Purchased from the local CO-OP. Not far to travel....

Some people walk in the rain.

Others just get wet.

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Offline Bertwhistle  
#746 Posted : 23 April 2021 16:18:07(UTC)
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Bone dry. Dust in the lawn.

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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Offline NMA  
#747 Posted : 23 April 2021 16:27:13(UTC)
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I've hardly had to cut the grass this spring. Good growing weather involves a moist soft wind from the SW or South and we haven't had any this spring so far.

Offline Bertwhistle  
#748 Posted : 24 April 2021 17:19:17(UTC)
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Anybody enjoying Monty's latest Gardeners' World? Loving it ourselves.

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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Offline Rob K  
#749 Posted : 27 April 2021 07:11:53(UTC)
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We planted some courgette and cucumber seeds at the start of the month, in peat pots on the windowsill. They quickly germinated and got to the four leaf stage looking really healthy, but over the last week or so they have gone brown and withered and looks like none will survive. Any ideas? I wonder if they might have got too wet and some point.
Yateley, NE Hampshire, 73m asl.
Offline ARTzeman  
#750 Posted : 27 April 2021 10:46:16(UTC)
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Three more bags of compost purchased this morning. Plant labels have been cleaned. Soon be better weather for planting and sowing as long as there are no frosts.

Some people walk in the rain.

Others just get wet.

I Just Blow my horn or trumpet

Online DEW  
#751 Posted : 01 May 2021 20:34:24(UTC)
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Bought some bedding plants today and some seeds for late sowing. I'll keep the plants under cover until Monday and then plant them for some natural watering -n.

His Majestie asked me whether that weather was usual in our Island. I told him that in 40 years I never knew the like before. (Charles II talking to his jailer in Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight (the 'Island'))
Offline Saint Snow  
#752 Posted : 01 May 2021 21:44:06(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DEW Go to Quoted Post

I'd rather grow from seed than use bedding, as indeed I used to, but time and space no longer permit

 

Before our first child, when we were still in our first house, I went through a phase of growing bedding plants from seed.

By the third year, I'd taken it a bit far. We had no greenhouse so used the spare bedroom.

The missus wasn't happy. But I had loads of pots and baskets  abundant with my home-grown plants. 

I kind of lost interest after that year, though.

After we moved to this house (another newbuild), I designed the gardens to be much more low-maintenance. No bedding. Not even any bulbs. Mostly foliage plants and shrubs. 

"Poverty exists not because we cannot feed the poor, but because we cannot satisfy the rich."

Martin

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