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Scorzonera won't grow for me

When I sow scorzonera indoors, it germinates well enough. But it doesn't take well to being transplanted. So I sow it in large patio pots (for ease of harvesting); germination is poor, and still most of the plants wither. Is the soil too damp, or too dry? There seems to be no leeway between the two. The local soil is clay, so I'm using compost made largely from forest wastes, mixed with sand. Should I try vermiculite or something else? Hugh47, , Co Down Posted: 18/04/2017

Scorzonera is best grown in the open soil, the seeds sown directly and thinned out.

It is easy to grow in the open ground, not good in pots. Transplanting affects the tap root. 



What can I start growing in my garden at this time of year as in fruit and veg? LOS27, Tralee, Co Kerry Posted: 24/08/2015

The season is pushing on now in the thrid week of August but there are a few things that can be sown, such as rocket, mustard greens and spinach. You can plant autumn onions set, if you can get them, and some spring cabbage plants in September.

Fruit trees and bushes can be planted from pots any time, or bare-root in November. 


Purple sprouting broccoli

I sowed seeds of purple sprouting broccoli direct into the soil in the spring and transplanted them on 8th April to a sunny spot in a cage well spaced and fed with comfrey tea. They should be harvested at the end of winter but they seem to be maturing now but they seem to be going to seed. Some of the heads are the size of a sink stopper but most are tiny. Maryfrancesryan, Camolin, Co Wexford Posted: 03/10/2011


Seeds of purple sprouting broccoli to be picked in spring are sown in May or June and planted out when about 10cm tall. They are best started in small pots or cell trays.

Make sure they are watered until they settle in.

Leave your plants in place, they might still give a crop of sorts in spring.


Old Packets of Seeds

I have just found a biscuit tin of packets of Burpee Seeds from the US -- swiss chard seed tape, carnations, heliotrope, geraniums, lettuces, basil etc. -- about 30-35 packets dated from 1997! Is it worth my time to try to germinate them or shall I just dump them? It breaks my heart to do so but if it's a useless exercise, I won't bother. The tin was in the back of an upper shelf in a kitchen cupboard, completely forgotten about! mcd086, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim Posted: 04/05/2011


Some of these might well be still viable, but perhaps not.

Set up a test with a plastic tray and some tissue dampened. Sow a tiny pinch of each kind and number them. You can easily get 20  or 30 kinds onto an aveerage tray. Cover with plastic to keep moist and keep in a window sill indoors out of direct sunshine. Those still alive will soon show signs.


Sewing Veg in Sept

What veg can I sew now (Sept)? 210920101, , Co Tipperary Posted: 21/09/2010


Garlic can be sown and broad beans. Carrots and cauliflower can be sown under protection, and winter lettuce and radish.


Growing coriander

Can I grow coriander in a pot in a greenhouse I was told I could not get it here but is it available? faymac, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin Posted: 13/08/2010


Coriander can be grown in pots or the oipen ground, sowing from March to June. It can run to seed if not watered and grown in good soil.


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