Garden Bloggers' Five Questions

February can be quite a hard month for blogging, so it's great to see Shirl's had her thinking cap on and come up with a couple of great ideas for us to have some fun :)

We've had lots of bloggity laughs in the past, thanks to Shirl, which she's reminisced about as well as then going on to outline her latest ideas. Today's post is to share 5 questions. These can be answering them or posing them, or a mixture of both. It's an easy theme to adapt to suit one's own purpose.

Previously on Veg Plotting I've had a lot of fun writing some spoof Gardeners' Question Time posts based on googled search terms which have hit my blog. Once again this is my starting point - using some of the top search terms from yesterday.

James Wong wearing wellies pics bought a smile to my face. Sadly I can't oblige, but I'll look out for an opportunity to do so at The Edible Garden Show next month.

I also had Gardeners' Question Time Chris Beardshaw tip for deterring squirrels. I'd love to know the answer to this one too, so if anyone was listening and remembers what it was, please reveal all in the comments below.

This week sees me sowing my salad seeds in earnest because the 10 hour daylight tipping point was reached here in the south-west at the weekend. You can see my latest batches of peas have been revelling in the sunshine and growing away strongly. Therefore it's appropriate that searches for How much light for salad growth and Low light for salad growth have found my blog this week.

If you'd like to find when the magic 10 hours arrives for the start of your indoor sowing season, then you may find my What's the Weather for Salad blog post helpful.

Seeing these search terms and the peas reminds me I'm answering lots of my own questions about windowsill salad growing with some ongoing experiments. There'll be more about this in Friday's Salad Days post. You're also welcome to join in, so stay tuned.

I've also been pondering whether to have a regular #saladchat hour on Twitter to accompany my monthly Salad Days round up. Do you think it would be useful to have a regular question/show and tell/anything else we can think of salad session on there as well? It would be written up on Veg Plotting afterwards for those not on Twitter or who can't make it. What do you think? Would you find it useful? What would you like to see happening on there?

Finally, my fifth question is a search term that's hit my blog which had me stumped - "moroccan cress" growing. What on earth is Moroccan cress? Can anyone enlighten me?

Thanks to Shirl for coming up with such a great idea. Feel free to join in over on your blog or add something in the comments below. She's also hosting The Garden Blog Prequel on the 26th February. The idea is to say something about your pre-blogging garden and how blogging has (or hasn't) affected it. There's more details here - everyone is welcome to join in!


  1. Just brilliant VP! You’ve picked this up in a way that completely fits your blog :-D

    Thanks a lot for finding the time to put together a post at short notice and promoting this and the Prequel day with links. It’s great when blogging ties us all together again :-D

    I can’t believe you mention the squirrel and I’m watching one from my window right now – haha they must have good hearing in Scotland! Can’t help with ideas to deter - I tend to let them be for a little while then open the window and shoosh them away. It moves them for a little while ;-)

    I love looking at the strange searches too although mine aren’t as good as yours. Re a live regular #saladchat hour on twitter I think that’s a great idea. I love watching tweets when they come in all together like that and it might get me growing salad veg too :-)

    Thanks again Shx

  2. I've got some Moroccan cress growing in my garden - sowed end August, it is still going strong and has been without cover all the time. It looks like mizuna, and tastes like just a welcome fresh green. Bought the seeds from the Organic Gardening Cataloque.
    Love, Annemieke Wigmore, Somerset UK:

  3. Chortle - you do get some strange search terms on your blog VP! The wordpress stats on searches are not half as interesting, although I am finding more and more that encrypted search terms comes up (?!!)
    Thank you for lovely packet that arrived this morning.

  4. What a terrific idea. Very amusing! I am not sure how long I can fight the good fight against the squirrels here; I'm outnumbered by perhaps 1000:1. It certainly feels that way. So if you do come up with that Chris Beardshaw tip, please do repost it. I will have to sit down with my podcasts and see if I can find it.

    I enjoy your blog and will certainly stay tuned.

  5. I have pea envy, that photo totally distracted me from concentrating on what you were saying, sorry. I did finally get around to buying some peas specially for spouting though... Won't have much to say on Friday, but will be there...

  6. Gosh you have things growing already! Not much going on up here yet. I do like the questions though. I have been turned away from the garden all winter so I might turn back and see what I can come up with!

  7. Of the search items that have brought people to my blog this week, my favourite is 'Pruning buttercups'.

  8. Shirley - thanks for putting together some February fun :) I still owe you an email - will be in touch soon...

    Annemieke - thanks for clearing up the mystery and where to get some from - it's on the list for growing this year :)

    Karen - they've not been half as entertaining as they used to be, but I was pleased these turned up just in time for Shirley's meme :)

    Janet - and very pleased I was to have you too :)

    Elizabeth - judging from your blog, you've managed some gardening now :)

    Esther - oh how I wish that search term had appeared in my search results!

  9. Also found you while looking for Moroccan Cress (Cerbiatta Catalonia)! Was looking for germination requirements.

    As seen here

    feel free to compost me !


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