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Posted: 06/04/2013 at 06:59

First load of top soil arrived yesterday evening , along with a few roots and lumps of clay.

So need to get cracking with it early, since there will be another load later this morning The pickup holds about 4 tonnes. so the closer i can get it to where i want it the better.

Got to make sure i take my pills, I get pain in my left shoulder when I work hard. I think its down to angina believe it or not only hang over from a heart attack a few years back. Stents work great thou so should be ok. Still expect to be aching well this evening.

Nice red glow in the east here Dove think its going to be a nice day.   

Talkback: How to grow herbs from seed discs

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 06:04

Could try your local pound store? Theres a lot of sets 

ok first load of top soil what to do with it.

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 00:20

Thanks derek, should be more coming tomorrow. Going to take some shifting.


ok first load of top soil what to do with it.

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 21:20

Well a picture is worth a 1000 words so

First lot of top soil arrived this evening but what to do with this area it's around 5 meters square behind this picture is another 34 meters of wall and what till now can mostly be described as stony ground. I'm thinking of going a bit wild with perenial seeds and annuals and going for  more vegetables towards the middle.

but what would you do? Bare in mind the budget is minimal so can't go mad with shrubs. Its pretty much a blank canvas.


Seed Sowing

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 18:00

problems with an electric blanket are the size and the running cost really also its hard to know what the heat output would be and how dense. As long as your not putting water on the blanket maybe would be ok but i'd think it would be way too big. 

Seed Sowing

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 00:16

You can't beat a little heat, and mine comes from an aldi plate warmer cost me about €17. I did make a big wooden box for it. but I reckon a couple of cardboard veg boxes would do the trick and a few plastic propagators with a clear lid.

I guess there is a small danger of electric shock if you just dump pots on top but the trays are self contained.  I use it rolled out and that seems to get a soil temperature of around 20 ish degrees. If you needed more you can fold back on itself (there is a built in thermostat). The speed of germination is incredible Hollyhocks were germinated in 24 hours ( my herbs seem slow to germinate thou). I'm rapidly running out of greenhouse space.

I'm still waiting on true leaves on just about everything thou.   

My garden pictures

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 23:57

 I like android






Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 23:15

you can watch it on any satellite box the BBC doesn't encrypt, will have to add bbc2 scotland to the list.

MOB rants

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 23:11

reviews are a bit off

there is also seeds of distinction which appears to be related

doesn't look good.

MOB rants

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 23:03 says 50 seeds on that page.

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