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Conditions for raising seedlings

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 20:13

I'd suggest making a coldframe or getting a cheap min-greenhouse any way.  Most of the things you mention need sowing at different times, so you might have enough room on the windowsill to germinate each type before moving them into the frame.  The RHS seed sowing guide A-Z is below, but dates aren't fixed by any means and depend on the weather.  Better a bit late than too early as experience shows that plants stunted by a cold spell never do as well as those sown slightly later which grow-on unchecked.

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Grow-Your-Own/Veg-A-to-Z

 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 19:07

I've got Chicky's - a clue: it's between the sea and the land!  

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 00:27

Which tree has the softest bark?

A fur tree of course!

 

Which tree is the most talked about?

Poplar?

You started it Verd!

Rhubarb relocation

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 19:01

Yes, allium2, now is a great time to plant them in soil and they'll really appreciate it after being grown in pots.

CROP ROTATION

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 18:59

Those all benefit from extra nitrogen so would ideally follow legumes if you have room left in the brassica bed.  Otherwise just fit them in where you can.

Gardener come.....

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 21:38

I run a team of technicians and IT professionals in a large university department. Gardening is my way of getting away from all of the modern technology and satisfying my inner Luddite who lives (just) below the surface!

Cranberry bush

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 21:28

Lingonberries are very similar in all ways but easier to grow as they need acid soil but not a bog!  I have a couple in containers of ericaceous compost and they are growing well.  Evergreen and the leaves turn a nice shade of red over Autumn/Winter.

Hardwood cuttings from apple

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:15

Grafting is your best bet, steephill, but you do need another apple tree to graft onto of course.

Brussel Sprouts

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:11

Even if they grow OK in pots (and I'm very dubious about that), they might be more trouble than they're worth, biofreak.  Brussels are very top-heavy and unless you tied them to horizontal wires or something they would be constantly being blown-over.

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 19:00

Hi all, the temperature results are in.  I left it a couple of days to make sure things had settled down.

With the probe placed in the sand and showing 25C, the temperature on the surface of a tray of compost placed on top of the sand and covered with a clear lid varied over a night and a day from between 15.5C to 19.5C (measured using a mix-min thermometer placed on top of the compost.)  Clearly, the air temperature in the shed has a fair effect on the compost temperature even though the sand is absolutely constant at 25C, so tonight I'm raising the sand temperature to 30C and will report back tomorrow.

Because I have a moveable thermostat probe, in order to keep an exact temperature in the seed trays themselves, I do have the option of putting the probe in the actual seed tray rather than in the sand below and will try that tomorrow night.

 

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