Suburban Sue

Water Resilience: pulling the plug

Whether you believe in climate change or not, at certain times we need, as gardeners, to deal with water shortages as well as water gluts. I have been trying to retrain myself in water saving...

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Salad Leaves 
Suburban Sue

Salad Leaves 

In writing the title I suddenly realised how broad this area has become! The salad crops such as tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber and cress have been extended by microgreens, sprouting seeds, baby vegetables and flower heads/petals. ...

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Growing Runner and French Beans
Suburban Sue

Growing Runner and French Beans

The taste of fresh homegrown runner or french beans lightly cooked is one of the highlights of my summer and my mother also appreciates a gift of tender freshly picked juicy french beans. I usually...

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Suburban Sue

Germination 6 - Scarification

Scarification describes the process of abrading or otherwise damaging a hard or tough seed coat in order for it to take up water and oxygen so that chemical changes can occur in the seed to...

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Newly potted on catmint
Suburban Sue

Focus on Catnip Germination

Catnip - seems to be the marmite of the cat world. Some cats seem to enjoy it and feel the full effects whilst other cats ignore it completely. Our current cat, Leo, is one of those...

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Suburban Sue

Germination 4 - Cold, Moist Stratification

Problem of germination requiring Stratification: the use of cold, moist conditions to prime seeds into germinating. This process occurs naturally for plants where the seed is ‘self sown’ in the garden. It can be copied by the gardener for Varieties such as Nepeta Cataria (catmint), Primula and Echinacea

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Suburban Sue

Germination 3 - Spotlight on Light Lovers

Some seeds can manage being buried, others will grow anyhow but quite a few need to be exposed to light in order to germinate. Often these seeds are smaller so when surface sown they don't need covering. These varieties include Begonias, Petunias and Primulas

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