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Gardening sayings

Last post 26-08-2011 7:54 PM by jon jon . 5 replies.

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  • 25/08/2011 08:37 PM
    • AlexS
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    Anne and I were talking about the ease, or not, of germination of different crops, and apparently when you sow parsley it has to "go down to the devil and back again seven times before it comes up." So an old gardener told Anne years ago.

    The saying I always remember, which I hold to be true, is "Put a sixpenny plant in a half-crown hole" - meaning, the quality of the plant is less crucial than giving it a good start.

    Has anyone else got favourite gardening sayings or words of wisdom?

  • 25/08/2011 08:45 PM
    • Phot's-Moll
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    The parsley won't have to do that visiting the devil thing if you sow it in good Friday - but even then it'll only grow where the woman 'wears the trousers'. Apparently.
  • 25/08/2011 09:54 PM
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    One of my Aunts always says 'if you can get parsley to grow from seed then you have psychic powers'

  • 26/08/2011 11:02 AM
    • Julie
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    Something I love, although not sure it's exactly a saying, is "all muck and magic". When you're having trouble getting seeds to germinate or getting something to flower or produce fruit, etc. you can start thinking there's an element of magic, esp when you get something difficult to work!

  • 26/08/2011 07:45 PM
    • alex-adam
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    If you can remember 'sixpence' and 'half a crown' - you older than you look !!! -- Ho Ho 

    Seriously though, I like the old saying on garlic ''Plant on the shortest day, harvest on the longest''



  • 26/08/2011 07:54 PM
    • jon jon
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    we had a saying Cut a thistle in May its up the next day,Cut a thistle in June its up pretty soon,Cut a thistle in July it`ll very soon die