Latest posts by AndytheScientist

Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 16:10

Yeah outdoor girl i'm going to ditch the verbinas and just put them back in my greenhouse now, if they come they come if not i'll get a plant and hack it up for next year. I just can't spare the space in the propergator any longer lol!

What does Monty think?

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 13:23

Alot of this also has to do with £££. ie those companies who sell algae products for ponds, they lobby like mad, and try and get the cheap (working) alternative banned. 

Alot of EU policies are there simply to allow someone a licence to print money.. Look at all the vetinary products that have EU licences which cost a fortune, and are exactly the same as the human generic which costs pence, but the vet isn't allowed to prescribe those because someone has paid alot of money for an animal licence.

It's all about vested interests, at least like the "no reused jam jars", "no coffee grounds for slugs", "no selling cakes at school fairs" etc we can happily go on just ingnoring these daft rules. 


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?


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. 

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