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Use of Vermiculite / Perlite

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 19:16
philippa smith2 wrote (see)

Perlite is a good addition when making up seed or cutting compost.  Vermiculite is a lot lighter in texture......good for covering seeds which need light for germination.

Beat me to it Philippa!

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 21:55

Use small modules instead of pots Sue.  You can get them with up to 128 cells which fit into a standard size seed tray and can easily cut sections off to fit whichever size propagator you happen to have.  That way you can just pop the seedlings out of any modules which have germinated and leave the rest, or even snip the module out so that you don't disturb the roots.  I've been doing it that way for years as you will never tame nature in such a way to make seeds all germinate at the same rate!

Plastic boards

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 11:54

Agree, facia boards are far too flimsy.  I think the article is referring to recycled plastic planks.  These are available in all kinds of thicknesses and sizes, even posts.  Here are a couple of suppliers google just found:


We all need a bit of cheering up

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 17:34

Island bed last spring:

Same bed a few weeks later:


Favourite Winter Vegetables

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 17:23

Dug up the last of the parsnips for last weekend's roast - lovely.  Still have leeks and savoy cabbage in the ground plus, my favourite, winter squashes which have been stored since just before the first frost a few months ago.  Have about half a dozen of those left.  There are still enough stored potatoes to last until the first earlies are ready.


Posted: 20/02/2016 at 10:58

Yes, KT53, all types clog if too much fresh grren stuff is fed in.  An ideal mix for composting is 80 per cent dry/twiggy and 20 percent green, so that's how I mix stuff as it goes into the shredder.

Mine is an Alko impact shredder (that's the type with blades) and about 15 years old.  It's only on it's second set of blades.  The design is such that stuff goes straight through and it looks very similar to the one Lyn posted.  Wouldn't be without one as I have hawthorn and wild rose hedges and shredding is the only sensible way to deal with the prunings.


Posted: 19/02/2016 at 01:02

Whichever variety you grow, make sure they are advertised as 'bred for growing in the UK' or you will likely be disappointed if using an unheated greenhouse unless we have a really good summer.  Also make sure you hand-pollinate regularly in case insects don't do the job for you.  It was a bad year with low light levels last year but I had some success with Emir F1.  The other two varieties I grew failed to set any fruit.

White onion rot

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 00:37

There is no treatment other than time - don't grow onions in the same place again for at least 5 years.  The good news is that only alliums are affected, so you can grow anything else you like there apart from plants in the onion family.  In fact I would say the more you cultivate it and the wider range of crops you grow in it, the better. 


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 18:52

Yes, it's a great variety.  I grow it outside in my south-facing front garden in the east midlands and it never fails to set fruit.

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