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Thread #142442   Message #3283538
Posted By: Richard Bridge
02-Jan-12 - 01:46 PM
Thread Name: BS: Mudcat Gardeners 2012
Subject: RE: BS: Mudcat Gardeners 2012
I hate gardening but it has to be done.

The basil in the conservatory died. It would have died on the front step anyway.

The three brugmansia in the garden shed (big pots) objected to the cold snap before Xmas and had to be cut right back. We shall see in Marh or April whether they will survive and spring up again. But the ones still in the earth in the front garden are hanging in there. If we don't get another cold snap and if they survive they might be a bit monstrous by July.

Once again attempts to propagate red brugmansia (sanguinae) in water have failed. Air layering next year.

Nearly 30 other brug cuttings on the kitchen windowsill doing OK.

The other 15 or so brugs and the cannas in conservatory and laundry room (it has a conservatory-style roof) seem adequately content so far.

Plans for seeding early-ish focus on the little spherical carrots I tried this year - the most taste in a carrot I have ever known. I'm going to try for about 25 seeds going in every 14 days so I might have a rolling supply. I might also try some of the purple and white ones - they look spectacular even if the taste is not much more interesting than usual.

Once again the tomatoes will be sungolds - I will buy half a dozen seedlings and that will keep me rolling from the moment they are first edible through to about October.

I'm also hoping to grow some true daturas from seed. If they work as a ground cover it will be a good game - I have one area under a large pinus (that's a tree, for the benefit of the smutty amongst you) that is very hard to get ground cover on.