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Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 23:20

I'm going to try starting a few chilli and sweet pepper seeds in my new homemade propagator in a week or two as they need a long growing season.  I'll only sow a quarter of the seeds though, just in case they don't survive transfer to my unheated conservatory.  That's much warmer than the cold greenhouse but not sure it will be good enough.  I have plenty of seed this year so it's worth the risk I think. 

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 19:45

Hi David, I'll take a photo at the weekend.  I found it pretty easy to make - if you're reasonably good at DIY it would be a breeze.

Poppy

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 19:37

I'd be more worried about what chemicals are being blown into your garden when the farmer sprays his field!  There are probably poppy seeds already in the soil of the fields as they stay viable for at least 60 years and possibly centuries.  The farmer may well spray herbicide to kill everything a few weeks before planting his crops anyway.  I honestly wouldn't worry about a few stray seeds from your garden - there will be far more pernicious wild weeds invading it anyway.

Kniphofia- Red Hot Pokers

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 19:20

Those are lovely Fairygirl - just looked them up.  The red/yellow ones are a bit too garish (and large) for my taste.  Hmm, I feel another order coming on!

Is this honey fungus

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 19:14

Verd, from what I've read HF spreads to new areas almost entirely by rhizomes rather than by spores (which would need to settle on dead wood) so as long as you only collected leaves and not twigs I suspect the risk would be very, very low.  But not zero.  Maybe erring on the side of caution is what a certain wise Cornishman is already doing?

It's awful to see all of those horrible effects of the storms down your way - my thoughts are with you and everyone else down there (I have friends in zumerrzet, too.)

Is this honey fungus

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:52

That's really the best way, nut - live with nature rather than trying to outwit it! 

HF is entirely natural and probably breaks down more woody matter so that it can be recycled into the soil than anything else.  If it didn't exist we might not have any fertile soil!  It's annoying when it gets to a favourite plant/shrub, but it is an opportunity (and excuse to do some plant shopping!) to try something else less prone.

Chinese redbud trees

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 17:43

I have some young Cercis myself so am also interested in any advice.  I read that they shouldn't be fed with artificial fertilizers and that they don't really need pruning, so I'll treat them with 'controlled neglect' and see how it goes.

Paper shreddings

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 17:34

Obelixx is right, the sort of inks which used to contain toxins were banned decades ago - they were causing cancers in print workers.  I try and limit the amount of really glossy paper though as that is often coated with a type of clay (Kaolin, "China clay") and doesn't break down easily.  Besides, I have enough clay in my garden thanks!

Is this honey fungus

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 17:26

I think they do get up a bit further when the wood is dead and rotting, nut.  I've tried to remove all of the dead stumps etc from my garden as the HF needs a lump of rotting wood in the ground as a 'home base' it seems.  Quite a job as my long raised border in the back garden was fronted with a 6" thick, 2' high wall of wood from the remains of a 70ft Ash which came down a few years ago and with which I got creative with a chainsaw.  When I was pulling the sections out, lots of them were 'veined' with HF bootlaces.

Now I've replaced all of that with treated decking boards, I'm hoping the HF will become less of a problem.  Really hoping! 

When I first cut the Ash up, I left about the bottom 10' of the trunk for a year and was rewarded by a massive growth of Silky Volvar (caps of 10"!) which were delicious, but not much of reward if my infestation of HF was the payment!

Help to find Narrow Weeding Hoe.

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 15:13

For anyone who is handy, an angle grinder fitted with a metal cutting disc means you can tailor a larger one to your exact needs.  Just throwing that in as an alternative.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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