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Mairin's Journal

Mairin's Journal

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Mr. Middleton's seed catalogue

05 December 2009 02:38:02
Gourds

Gourds

I got Mr. Middleton's seed catalogue the other day.  Over a cup of tea, I had a good look.  Some very interesting looking plants in there and a few oddities.  Did ye see the seaweed fertiliser (not in liquid form) which is now available?  It comes in different size bags too so you could do a trial for plants grown in an area fertilised with it and and area without it. 

My eyes also spotted some lovely looking salad leaves and some odd looking gourds. I have arranged with the in-laws that next year I am getting a drill in their vegetable patch and if I want more, I can have it.  I am half scared at the idea but would love to grow carrots, onions, only a few pumpkins for Halloween next year, these odd looking gourds and sunflowers for the pair.  In my own garden, I plan to grow peas, those salad leaves, strawberries, the garlic and onions already planted, the blueberries and rhubarb.  I think if I got all those doing well, I would be delighted.

It will also be a great place to pop a flower that isn't doing too well for a while until it either dies or pick up.  Or give the children marigold seeds or something similar which would grow quickly and be benefical against carrot fly or onion fly........just as well it is winter and the weather is awful so I can sit down and plan.  

Mind you, that seed catalogue is very tempting.  Who knows what I could end up buying?  Oh flexible friend - don't break yet!! 

 


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J.D. J.D. 05 December 2009 07:06:45

Just leave your Santa list lying around discreetly for a few days, he never fails to surprise me. I am sure YOU have been just as good as me.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 05 December 2009 08:13:46

All those garden plans with the veg and fruits hopefully will not let you down Mairin.Africian and French marigolds work great with veg,strongest scent put off.Good first truly blight resistant potato i see in the Mr middleton Garden Shop are available.


Lìga Lìga 05 December 2009 08:59:27

Mairin,if you want i can give to you very good peas seed,i had this year.Sweet,not tall.And better sow some more in drill too,will be for longer time.


LindaB LindaB 05 December 2009 15:49:30

We planted gourds this year, they were in a six pack of childrens seeds, like your photo each one was different. Some were green and some where orange and they were all quite small and different shapes.  The kids loved growing them! 


AitAlainn AitAlainn 05 December 2009 19:26:19

Liga - do you know the name of the peas you said were very good this year?


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 05 December 2009 20:04:59

I have my mr. middletons catalogue here somewhere must root it out. still havent made a trip up I would love to have a peek in the store :O) I hope to do some veg next year as well.


Lìga Lìga 05 December 2009 21:47:11

AitAlainn,i can't find right now seed pack,all is here except it.When i find it,i will tell you,i hope i find.


Rachel Rachel 05 December 2009 23:11:14

The gourds are great fun. I was thinking of growing climbing Turkish Turbans next year. Catalogues are so tempting.


AitAlainn AitAlainn 06 December 2009 22:16:40

Thanks Liga!


Clara Clara 07 December 2009 08:54:45

I am afraid to look at the catalogue as I like so much and my garen can only take so much


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