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Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 13:10

For far this year i've sown :

Beetroot, lettuce, parsnips, raddish, leeks, tomatos, peppers, chillies, cucumber, melons

Cornflowers two types, callendular, ammi, nigella, meconopsis, valarian, hardy geraniums, sunflowers, sweet peas, many grasses, foxgloves, malope, achillea, aquilegia, cosmos. 

 

All of the above with no problems.. but not Verbena, i've tried bonariensis, hastata, rigida, I just can't get that to germinate. I've followed the seed packet info (very little) and trawled the internet. I even tried the cold spell by sowing it in january and leaving it in my unheated green house then bringing it inside.. nothing happened lol. I think i'll just buy 1 plant of each that i want this year and propergate from cuttings, cause they just hate me!

Ceanothus dead

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 14:50

Mine got trashed by the cold easterly winds this winter, was fine right up till then. It still has some green bit, but alot is brown. Think i'll chop the brown and hope it comes from below as it's only young (2 years) so might do. I like them alot, and particularly because they are bee tastic, but i won't be getting another till the garden establishes, leason learned they are not good pilgrim plants, mind you even my pyracantha which are supposed to be hard as nails got a hammering this year.

EU proposes ban on traditional seed

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 14:56

Problem with all these daft european laws is they start off with high intentions, then have stupid concequences, like not being able to make jars of jam to sell at school fairs etc.

As has been said, people will just ignore this stupid law, like they do many others, coffee grounds for the slugs anyone?

Birds.

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 12:27

We leave out piles of horse hair, as the horses are usually molting in spring and it comes out in bucket loads.

Lawn too healthy

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 10:35

Might sounds counder intuitive, but are you cutting the grass very short? Supposedly if you leave it longer it grows slower and needs cutting less. If you are not bothered about the lawn as such, you could sow some yellow rattle into it, which will weaken the grass growth. 

Chelsea chop

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 10:02

Mine are still just 1cm high here in newcastle so can't see them getting the chop any time soon

tool advice

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 14:26

No such thing and good quality "cheap" tools. 

I bought a value hammer from B&Q, i tried to fix my fence with it, by pulling some nails off the head fell out the same day i bought it, total rubbish.

Truth is with tools, i think more than anything you get what you pay for. Look for anything british or german made, don't touch anything made in china. Particularly in tool that will be worked hard, like spades, forks etc. Even then the sad truth is i don't think anything is made that well anymore, the days of your grandad having a spade he's used for 50 years, i think are well behind us. If stuff lasts for 5 years i'd be happy it's not broke yet, sad but true reflection of manufacturing today.

Small Urban Gardens and Water Butts - Advice Required

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:38

When you think of something chances are it's already been done.. collapsible water butt certainly has. There are many online, i think even tesco direct sell a smallish one. 

Xhose - Expandable hose - any good?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:32

When watching the video my immediate thought was i can see how it expands, but i bet it's a pain to deflate.. It's basically a nylon cloth hose with a wire frame i guess, not convinced it would contract in the same way that it expands, and i would 100% bet that after a while the tension in the metal would go and it would go funny.

I'd imagine if space was an issue you'd be better off with one of those flat cloth hoses. They kink too, but at least it doesn't end up perminant. Mind i just bought a new hose and just went for the bog standard hoselock hose, i'll not lose any sleep over the kinks!

Christmas tree needles turning brown

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 10:20

I bought what was supposed to be container grown xmas tree this year, and planted it out in a large container after xmas. It was clearly not grow in the container but containerised by chopping off most of the roots. 

I didn't give it much chance of survival, and i was right. It was doing ok, until those cold easterly winds, which did it in. 

I liked the idea of having a tree which we could just bring in the house at xmas, and put back in the garden for the rest if the year, but it seems you need to be very careful about the difference between container grown and containerised, as the latter will apparantely rarely survive.

Discussions started by AndytheScientist

Geranium pratense 'Purple Haze'

Got seedlings but their not purple... 
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ID on Weed/Plant

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Growing melons in a greenhouse

How? 
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Sowing Ornamental Grasses

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Best Base for Greenhouse?

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