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Posted: 25/04/2012 at 11:11

It really depends upon the drainage you have added to the compost in which you sowed them.   If you added things like fine grit, vermiculite or similar, they should be OK, as long as the container also has good drainage holes.  Lifting it up is a good idea.  Covering carrots with horticultural fleece is always a good idea, as it keeps the dreaded carrot fly away - they can't find the carrots then.   If the seeds have got pushed too deeply into the soil by the rain, they may not be able to germinate - but there is plenty of time to resow if this does happen. 

sowing veg seed in plastic guttering

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 11:08

Never heard of doing things with tap roots in guttering, I imagine it will rapidly become too shallow, and tap rooted things don't much care to be transplanted on the whole.  Peas and probably some beans respond well to this as you can just slide the gutter full of seedlings and compost into a ready prepared trench. Let us know how you get on?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 11:06

It's pouring again, has been all morning, at least no hail thank goodness, soft hosta leaves did not respond well to that! Everything is green - including me - the robin has developed gills,  the grass is as high as an elephants eye, and there is not way to get out there to cut it.  On the other hand, the reservoir is filling, we never had a hose ban and surely won't now - now it is getting windy.  I can't swim, and hate water -  please let the sun come out. 


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 11:02

They do need lots of good drainage so it sounds as if you have that right.  They need as much light and warmth as they can get, the harder you grow them the better the oils in the leaves and thus the better perfume and taste you get.

When we visit our friend in the very south Spain we walk among hot dry dunes and so forth, where the rosemary just is stunningly good - no soil to speak of, no rain for most of the year - the perfume is glorious.  Guess that is what they like then. 

Dieing seedling

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 10:53

If they were on the floor and water was getting into the greenhouse, they may also have got cold - young seedlings do not like this at all.  As evryone else has said, warmth, moisture not wetness, light - lots of light, were they getting that at floor level?  I know that greenhouses need elastic walls at this time of year, it gets difficult to give everything ideal conditions.   I tend to keep older larger plants on the floor (my g/h is paved all through) and the upper warmer areas for young things. 

french beans in tubs

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 10:50

The half & half  loam and general purpose mixture is what I use for beans in tubs or other containers, with a good handful of vermiculite to help drainage - this has been sucessful for many years - however, it does not keep the slugs nor the sparrows away from them!!

Montana wilt?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 10:48

It is almost unheard of for the montana group to suffer from clematis wilt, more likely to be wet feet or something nasty in the soil of which yoy are unaware.  Slugs love to lick the bark from clematis stems, once ringed they die down as you have described, certainly a good suspect. 


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 10:46

My magnolia stellata has not actually died, quite - but there is not a sign of a single flower thisy yar, and it is usually covered.   Will give it much TLC, feeeding etc as possible this year, but am beginning to have my doubts about its long term future having read these posts. 

can you have too much night

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 10:42

I should have thought the extra light would have benefitted many plants - not sure about the almost permanent night in the winter though.

Agree with sotongeoff, chat with fellow gardeners in the area, most people love to share their experiences. 

cost of entrance to gardening shows

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 10:40

So agree re Malvern, my friend and I were planning to go, but £60 plus for tickets,  then petrol to drive there (no public transport available, and even were we able to find any, it would cost another small fortune)   -  that put it way out of our reach.  I suppose they don't want ordinary gardeners like us there, only the rich and famous. 

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