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Old 25 Apr 20, 10:08 PM  
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Following on from Tracy99ís do you miss the forum before Coronavirus? thread, I wondered if anyone wants to join me in a Ďletís chat about anything but Coronavirusí chat? I know itís scary and important to share our worries about it, but this could be somewhere to chat about our lives, things weíve done or worries non virus related

I will start off the chat by asking advice about my plants. Iíve never had success gardening but today planted a few pots with flowers (sweet William, petunias and sea lavender) also some pots with carrots and radish. They are on my south facing patio and Iíve watered them this evening. Any hints on how to care for them if they do actually appear? We have put them in pots as there are rabbits in the garden so nothing grows there, but we have bird feeders on our patio and also have squirrels visiting so Iíve covered the pots this evening to stop the birds stealing the seeds (as this has happened before) and will uncover each morning until the plants appear. Any other hints would be appreciated.

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Old 25 Apr 20, 10:20 PM  
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Hi DisneyDaffodil, It's a good idea to pop some glass over the pots to keep the soil warm and help seeds to germinate, if you get lots of condensation on the take it off during the day and replace at night.. Don't overwater the pots.
Good luck, hope you have lots of lovely flowers and veggies for the summer
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Hi DisneyDaffodil, It's a good idea to pop some glass over the pots to keep the soil warm and help seeds to germinate, if you get lots of condensation on the take it off during the day and replace at night.. Don't overwater the pots.
Good luck, hope you have lots of lovely flowers and veggies for the summer
Thank you, I have put glass over them to protect them from early bird visits so thatís good to hear it will help them grow too.

I will post photos if they do start to grow
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I tried taking cuttings of my neighbours Chillean Potato vine, (potato plant?) its a beautiful purple flowering thingy, that trails over into our garden, so far, they are not fairing well! I dont think I am as green fingered as I thought.

I also have a baby tomato plant a kind person let me Ďadoptí which I am treating like a pet, on the windowsill, its called very imaginatively ĎTommyí
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Originally Posted by Loopylooloo View Post
I tried taking cuttings of my neighbours Chillean Potato vine, (potato plant?) its a beautiful purple flowering thingy, that trails over into our garden, so far, they are not fairing well! I dont think I am as green fingered as I thought.

I also have a baby tomato plant a kind person let me Ďadoptí which I am treating like a pet, on the windowsill, its called very imaginatively ĎTommyí
Iím going to google the Chilean potato plant, Iíve never heard of one but it sounds interesting

I hope your tomato plant grows well, maybe I will name my plants if they appear 😀
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Originally Posted by Loopylooloo View Post
I tried taking cuttings of my neighbours Chillean Potato vine, (potato plant?) its a beautiful purple flowering thingy, that trails over into our garden, so far, they are not fairing well! I dont think I am as green fingered as I thought.

I also have a baby tomato plant a kind person let me Ďadoptí which I am treating like a pet, on the windowsill, its called very imaginatively ĎTommyí
Just looked up the Chilean potato vine, it looks beautiful. Apparently it needs a lot of sunshine. I hope you have success with it xx
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Originally Posted by Loopylooloo View Post
I tried taking cuttings of my neighbours Chillean Potato vine, (potato plant?) its a beautiful purple flowering thingy, that trails over into our garden, so far, they are not fairing well! I dont think I am as green fingered as I thought.

I also have a baby tomato plant a kind person let me Ďadoptí which I am treating like a pet, on the windowsill, its called very imaginatively ĎTommyí
I've grown Wisteria plants and a passion flower from layered cuttings.
If your vine is overhanging enough to reach the ground I don't see why that wouldn't work the same way.
Here's how:
rhs.uk/advice/profile?pid=358
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Using a pot about 10 inches tall, filled with a half sand/ half garden soil mixture (not compost)
Water it and cut half a dozen pencil thick pieces of stem about 12 inches long. (These are called half ripe cuttings)
Cut the top few leaves off.
Push the stems into the soil mix up to a leaf so the leaf is just touching the soil.
Pop the pot in a cool shady area in the garden and leave for a month or so.
You'll know if the cuttings have taken when you begin to see vigorous growth.
I've grown stems from roses from bouquets this way too. It's a lovely way to have a permanent reminder of special occasions
Or: take stem cuttings and pop them in a jar of water and pop them on your kitchen window sill but don't trim the top leaves off. If you're lucky they will grow roots.
Hope you can make sense of this lol

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Go careful, as my runner beans were just poking through the soil, I took the cover off, and the sun fried them...so I have replanted them. 🙂
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Originally Posted by Eeyore rocks View Post
Go careful, as my runner beans were just poking through the soil, I took the cover off, and the sun fried them...so I have replanted them. 🙂
I do hope your beans grow again. Runner beans are the only thing Iíve ever been able to grow well, didnít plant them this year but in the past we have filled our freezer, ate them every week and provided all our families with bag fulls of beans
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Originally Posted by DisneyDaffodil View Post
I do hope your beans grow again. Runner beans are the only thing Iíve ever been able to grow well, didnít plant them this year but in the past we have filled our freezer, ate them every week and provided all our families with bag fulls of beans
I hope we are that successful as I love them...itís part of a homeschooling project with my granddaughter. 🙂
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