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Too cold to even contemplate seeds! Monty's video on planting courgettes is all well and good but Lancashire is still in deepest winter - roll on some sunshine.


  • Can anyone help - I have just planted onion seeds in a heated propogater and can find no guidance on when to take the plastic top off. Do you take the top off as soon as the seed has germinated and starts to show signs of growth or do you leave the top on until the seeds have grown 2-3 inches or so. I have never done this before and confess to being completely befuddled.
  • That's very funny and so so true. I've gone one better, it's the window ledge for me, I like to watch my seeds grow from the warmth of the kitchen. Enjoy!
  • Can anyone please help and tell me how to prune blueberry bushes. I haven't found any info anywhere.
  • Like Pippa I am cheering myself up by sowing seeds in the greenhouse, warmest place to be. I've sown onion seeds, aubergines, bacopa, tomatoes and dahlias all in propagator. Dahlias already sprouting but I usually leave onions until they are aroung 3/4 inches. Don't know if that is correct but it works for me Lesley, then put out into the greenhouse. 2 degrees here today in freezing Scotland.
  • I would be a nice addition, to Pippas article on sowing seeds, to show what can go wrong, what things look like and importantly how to corrct them
  • The winter has gone on too long. By the time it is warm enough to plant sunflowers, they won't have time to grow erectly and fully.
  • I have grown all of the ingredients for ratatouille for several years - except that I bought the olive oil and salt and pepper. The last couple of summers have really been a challenge. The tomatoes have got blight and the peppers and aubergines didn't ripen - even in containers on the terrace. And even the onions and garlic got some kind of white rot last year, so didn't store well at all. At least the courgettes were reasonably successful.

    Never mind. I will persevere. To produce a ratatouille - so fresh and from your own grown produce is worth it all. And don't forget the herbs too - bay and thyme or oregano/marjoram and basil

    Who knows what this summer will bring - I'll still be growing my own ratatouille.
  • carruthers you do not prune blue berry bushes except dead wood or diseased wood.
  • Lesley you don't use d head propgated for onions. as for the dome you take off after seed germinate to prevent damp off.
  • Can I cut back the frost affected bottom leaves of my two large phormiums without harming them.
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