Sunday 5th February 2012

Woke up to snow this morning, like many of you I expect. Kids had great fun in the snow, and I had great fun in the greenhouse planting my onion sets. I got 500g, which equates to a huge amount of onions. I shut myself in the greenhouse with a cup of tea, by i-pod on and was wearing my wellies and extra socks. I was as happy as a pig in….well you know the rest.

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6 Responses to Sunday 5th February 2012

  1. david gray says:

    Hi Claire,
    so close to the new season now, thanks for advice last year. I have recently bought some new seeds, the taste of italy ones to try something new. I have fangoli nani/bush bean creso seeds and melon eldorado F1 hybrid. Any tips of growing the melons as in conditions and do they need to be caned for support or grown on the ground ? will they be ok under a mini poly tunnel ?
    Have eaten them beans before, really nice so decided to give them a try. Look easy to grow. Anyway, thanks again for your advice over the last year and keep up the good work 🙂

    • Hi David,
      Yes, the new season is only just around the corner. At least it has warmed up a bit now, not so cold.
      Melons can be tricky. I’ve only had 1 successful year with them, and that was the really hot summer we had about 5 or 6 years ago. They like it hot and humid, which you can get in a large poly tunnel and a greenhouse. How small is your mini tunnel? If it gets hot during the day under there then they should be ok. It may be worth covering with bubble wrap to keep in extra heat. You sometimes have to use a paint brush to pollinate the flowers, which seems a little odd, but it’s just a tickle on each flower and then the next.
      Let me know how you get on, and I’ll keep you posted on how mine are doing.

  2. Mark says:

    Hi Claire , i need some advise i have planted out a few garlic cloves back in mid jan there going very well however im due to be moving house soon maybe by the end of march, can i dig them up and replant them into big pots n then replant them back in the ground when i go to the new garden ?


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