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Thinning seedlings

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 22:08

They could be cornflower, some types do look tlike this, at least the ones my friend grew on her allotment a couple of years ago were like this in their trays.  Thin out to a couple per module, and plant aout. then let them sort themselves out - they will.  Do take out the weakest and thinnest looking, as the bigger ones will take over and grow strongly anyway. 

granny bonnet

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 22:05

Indeed, as Niucutlet says, plant them out in autumn, when the soil is still warm, they will overwinter fine and return to delight you next year.  Aquillegias are very promiscuous, and freely cross with each other, so that often you get a garden full of greyish pink ones, but I have found that some of the modern hybrids do keep their colour and don't crosspollinate with their neighbours - you will have to wait and see what yours do.  I have also found a couple of double ones in my garden this year, very strange as I don't usually grow double flowers because the bees can't get any use of them.. However, those that have arrived themselves are very lovely so I shall let them be.  


Posted: 22/06/2013 at 21:35

Rosie, it may be that your lilies are of two different types as well. I have lilies in flower from early July until the end of September, sometimes into October, depending on the weather.  So it may be that yur cheaper ones are just a naturally flowering later one  -  I agree, many bulbs bought in the cheaper shops are every bit as good as the expensive kinds - unless you want a specific new colour or type. 

Epson salt on Runner beans

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 21:19

You can get large bottles of the organic stuff on line, very concentrated so it lasts for ages - getting it delivered does beat carrying heavy stuff!


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 19:06

If the weater holds, it shouldn't be long.

New Composter.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 19:06

By the by, Tiddymum, I can think of no reason why your drum won't work for compost, but you will need to make some drainage holes in it, and I don't know if  you will want to do that?

Care of tiny strawberry seedlings?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 19:04

Of coure you should keep going with the babies, I was more thinking of the future - why work when someone else will huh?

Yes, just sprinkle a layer of vermiculite around the top, helps to keep the stem dry.

Plumb tree disaster.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:25

Well, I just thought that a reduction in load might be helpful for it, but not at the risk of the gardener!  Trees are incredible things and recover from the most amazing damage without our interference - just look at some of those in our woods and forsests.  Lets hope it fruits well and gets no wood bug in the hole.  Will be thinking about it as time goes on. 

New Composter.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 15:59

Molly, it is true that not many worms come equiped with crampons and ropes, so the bin does need to be on the ground, and as someone else said that helps it to drain if it gets very wet.  My imagination ran away with me, imagining the worms on a climbing expedition up the bricks......  mind, the slugs seem to manage well enough up the walls and the water butts into the hostas!!

Plumb tree disaster.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 15:57

Don't worry about last year Briggsy, no-on had good crops last summer - too wet, too dark and too windy - my crab apple, which is usually laden with frui,t managed to produce 10!  The eaters had some, but not many and at that we did better than some as the trees are espaliered next to a wall so got some shelter.  Only the redcurrants/blackcurrants did well, but they always do.

Damsons make the best jam ever, hope you get a good crop of those.  Are your plums eaters or cookers, or don't you know yet?  No room for anything as big as a plum tree here, and as yet there are no reliable fruiters on dwarfing root stocks, which I have for my eating apples and cherry - maybe in time huh?

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