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Electrical propagators

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 19:57

Yes the meat trays are just the right size and depth for seedlings I use those too, As for electric propagators I cover my seed trays with vermiculite which seems to cut surface mold down, I also use a soil thermometer and can unplug the propargator when the soil gets too hot, that way the temperature stays between 20-30 degs.

Last edited: 10 April 2017 19:58:47


Posted: 01/02/2017 at 20:52

You don't get much but it's good quality stuff.

Charlotte Potatoes

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 20:49

Mine are chitting now and I aim to plant them middle of March to the beginning of April weather permitting..

The Tiger Wormery

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 20:12

You seem to have the idea Jennifer191 my worms are outdoors now and seem fine but in the past when the temperatures have got really cold they did freeze, if it looks likely to get that seriously cold again I will put them in the shed and cover them over.

The Tiger Wormery

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 18:05

I've just had a look at the "tiger wormery" and it looks quite a good one, as you say it’s probably not a good idea to order worms just yet as they will be in the post for a couple of days and may get left in freezing conditions on route. I believe that some composters can be left indoors as they shouldn't smell if they are working properly. My womery is left outdoors on my allotment and as it is different to yours the worms can escape out of the sides of the boxes which they do if the conditions are not to their liking, your boxes look to have a tighter fit than mine so if they were indoors the worms wouldn't escape. As for putting them outdoors be sure to put them in the shade as when the weather warms up they will cook in the full sun. I only feed my worms leafy material as I found that too much fruit can change the soil conditions especially when the weather is hot and the fruit ferments. Good luck with your wormery you will find that if you give the worms the conditions that they like they will look after themselves and you will get some lovely compost from them.

Leeks a planting and progress to date

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 20:08

Thanks for sharing your methods, I'm about a month behind with my leeks this year but I have to cover mine with fleece as they were hit bad by leek moth in late August a couple of years ago, I have spaced mine 8 inches apart to give them plenty of air flow as mine always seem to get hit with rust. I'v just removed the fleece and weeded them well and no sign of rust yet so keeping fingers crossed for a good crop this winter.

Moth Alert - watch your cabbages

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 17:02

Anyone had their crops devastated by these moths? I saw a couple of them in June but have protected all of my brassicas apart from swede and kohl rabi with frames covered with scaffold netting and haven't had any devastation from caterpillars at all.

Green manure

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 22:52

Best time to grow them should miss pea moth.

Purple sprouting broccoli

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 20:22

The crop is over when you have picked all of the spikes fresh ones won't replace them, if you want a crop for this time of year I always grow dwarf green curled kale, as you pick the fresh new leaves over winter new ones will replace them to give a long harvest.

Green manure

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 19:40

They say two or three weeks before sowing seeds but whether that includes seed peas I don't know.

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