Pumpkin Pot

Margaret Morton, CHS Member, following on from a really interesting talk and demonstration, by a local lady, Sally Seymore, decided to have a go.

Margaret used a succulent, home grown pumpkin and bits and pieces from her garden, including dahlias and  pyracanthas berries.

Very simple but surprisingly effective.

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Tips from Robert "Greenfingers" Walker




You may have noticed that the March sun is getting stronger  and for longer. The weather this month, however,  has the most variations from day to day with possible frosts during clear nights and there may be gale force winds. The gardener should take advantage of dry spells but not get over optimistic.

In the flower garden prepare sites for dahlias, gladioli and chrysanthemums. Dead head daffodils and feed until the foliage begins to wither to help the growth next year. Take cuttings from dahlia tubers and sow any of their seed. Divide roots of perennials such as Michaelmas daisies,  rudbeckia and delphiniums. Finish planting bare rooted trees and bushes. 

Seeds of many flowers can be sown including calendula, cosmos, petunias, salvia and tagetes: when the seedlings are big enough to prick out this should be done but only handle the leaves. 

This is a busy time for vegetable growers. Radish and lettuce seed  should be sown every few weeks to give a continuous supply. Early chitted potatoes should be planted about 20cm deep and spaced 30cm apart to crop in 12-14 weeks: cover if frost is imminent. Indoor tomatoes and cucumbers can be sown. Beetroot.  broccoli, broad beans, cabbage, carrots, shallots  and onion sets can be started. Spinach beet, easy to grow and good to eat with vitamins C, A and B is one of our most ancient vegetables.

You may need to cut the lawn when it is dry, do use a high setting on the mower early in the season.

Enjoy the advantages of being out in your garden when you can

Robert. 'Greenfingers'  Walker





Royal Horticultural Society
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The Flower Hut: Chiddingfold's flower business
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