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Sow indoors IN HEAT ?

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 14:12
Dovefromabove wrote (see)
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

......  The heating of the seed tray compost by the sun .....

What is this strange 'sun' of which you speak? 


Indeed, Dove!

I have two main hobbies - gardening and astronomy so am completely frustrated at the moment!  Having said that, I have a pile of shiny new 2016 seed and plant catalogues to keep me busy.  

Plant porn!

Soft fruit suggestions please

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 12:39

I would go for a different variety to aid cross-pollination, Doug.  As you say, having two clones probably won't help in this respect.

Wooden greenhouse or glass

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 12:36

I agree with Dave.  Aesthetically, wooden greenhouses are probably easier on the eye but aluminium ones are virtually maintenance free.  Whichever you choose, make sure you have a level and solid foundation as any kind of movement of the base over time will cause serious problems for either type.

Sow indoors IN HEAT ?

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 12:31

Same here - frost free is good enough for onions.  The heating of the seed tray compost by the sun during the day is enough for germination.

Plant ID please

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 18:46

I think the main plant is probably a nandina and the one at the base is perhaps red valerian, which I would consider a weed as they get everywhere around here.  Dig down a bit - if the roots are fleshy and white, it's valerian.

On a positive note

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 21:33

Seeing new shoots appear from the ground where you thought a clematis had died over a year ago!

attracting wildlife

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 20:21

Frogs can climb quite well, so maybe hang something like black plastic mesh or galvanised chicken mesh over the side?  If you made a sort of sandwich of spagnum moss (the sort you line hanging baskets with) between two layers of chicken wire, it could look quite attractive and also act as a home for some of the pond fauna.

Morning has broken

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 14:50

That's why 'red sky in the morning' is a 'shepard's warning' Tootles!  I always try and get outside pretty quick as I know rain is coming whenever I see one.

Lovely photo's - you have to be quick with the camera to catch red skies, whether in the morning or evening.

Cold and wet here for the last few days, managed to feed the birds but that's it for anything outside.  Back at w&%k tomorrow.

Greenfly - In January!!!

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 18:09

I'd cut them back to the ground - any top growth visible now is unlikely to survive the winter anyway and may well be harbouring other pests/diseases.   I also have had to give up growing lupins due to American lupin aphid.

Pear Tree problem

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 18:04

The second trunk could be a sucker from the rootstock.  Quince is often used and I know some of those are thorny.  If it is a sucker, you need to remove it (try digging down and physically pulling it off, or cut if unable to do that.)  Rootstocks are much more vigorous then the grafted tree and suckers will quickly take over, drawing all the goodness from the rootstock resulting in the grafted tree being starved and eventually dieing.  I would remove it sooner rather than later.

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