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Latest posts by AndytheScientist

Sweet pepper seed germination - epic failure!

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 15:31

i planted tomatos, peppers, chillis and cucumbers on my windowsill about 3 weeks ago, the tomatos are up and just getting their true leaves, the peppers (tasty grill) have just started to germinate no leaf yet but i can see they have split and the root is emerging, no sign of the chillis or cucumber yet. It's just been too cold even on the windowsill it's not really got much above 17 degrees yet. I purposefully didn't sow them all though so if no joy in a week or so i'll sow some more.


Posted: 25/03/2013 at 13:21

at least this crazy biting wind has dried the ground out a bit up here in newcastle.

Need Bees This Year!

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 12:49

You could also look for something like Red Valerian and aquilegia as they flower for months and months.

The key seems to be having flowers available as early as possible, so things like mahonia are also usefull there, flowering from nov-march.


PS Red Valerian is dead easy to grow from cuttings, so if you see one growing in a verge just stop and take some

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 11:59

I really can't believe no one has come up with a suitable "green" solution for greenhouse heating. 

Solar i get, it would only work during the day when the greenhouse is "heated" anyway.

However you'd think you could charge some kind of battery during the day to run a small tubular heater off during the night.

Then again wind would seem the most obvious, if you can get a small wind turbine to run the leccy in a caravan you'd have thought someone would have made one for a greenhouse heater, must be an obvious reason why no one has done this but i don't see it!

Tomato Growpots, any good?

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 12:17

Found these as a cheaper option


good deal on cold frame???

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 11:32

I bought two of the medium ones last year from them, very easy to assemble and good quality. When i bought them they were £15 reduced from £39.99! Bargain



Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 11:26

Newcastle here, nothing going in the ground any time soon it seems, we're pretty high up and still having snow/heavy frosts. 

I've got tomatos, peppers, chillis, cucumbers all sown on my windowsill, i've got carrots, pak choi, beetroot sown in the unheated greenhouse last weekend, and have broad beans ready to plant out but dare not atm. The greenhouse is getting chocker, with hardy annuals too, ready to go out too...

This time last year we had dinner in the garden lol, at least the fruit trees are still hiding, they got a hammering last year as they got caught out by the heat wave that turned to heavy frosts the week later, 

In the Green

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 11:05

Mine arrived yesterday, look good, still got flowers on them so you can see what they are.. gonna have to get home early from work tonight and try and get them in the ground before the snow hits lol.. 

In the Green

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 12:58

I've just ordered some for myself. I've always been told you get more success planting in the green (ie now) than planting dry bulbs like those in your link from poundland. 

I ordered 100 from (ad was in GW mag), and they were £9 + 3.50 postage, i also wanted some bluebells so got those at the same time. If you're looking for them now "in the greens" are probably the way to go.

Snow drops

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 13:27

i just ordered some from  saw the ad GW magazine last month, seem to have been around for a while and found a good post about them on here so gave them a try, have lots of types, i just went for the cheap bog standards ones £9 for 100 plus postage.

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