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council recycled compost

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:56

Indeed, I do think it needs a bit of lightening, I use vermiculite but I assume perlite does much the same job.  I have found I get good root systems with this - whatever works for each of us I guess. 

council recycled compost

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:38

You could, but why not use JI seed compost and perlite or vermiculite if you're going to buy JI?  You can always add fertiliser and use it for other things if you have more than you need of the seed stuff, I have done this for a long time - worth trying for you may be? 

Jasmine In Shade

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:34

As Tulip says, it will survive but not flourish, and won't flower well, which is after all the point of the exercise I imagine!  Try growing it in a pot in sunshine and then moving it ti the point of desire for at least a while?  If it is perfume you want on that site, several of the good scented honeysuckles don't mind shade, and will flower and perfume at least at the top where the sun is.  Although there are many lovely things that do well in shade, scented climbers for that site seem to be rare.  

sun dried toms

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:31

You can do it very, very, very slowly in a low oven, as it is unlikely we will ever get enough sun here to do it properly outdoors.  They don't taste quite the same as when done in the sun, but aren't bad at all. 

Beginner failing miserably.

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:30

Glad to see we had much the same ideas MMP,  I thought marigold seeds are reasonably easy to handle too, as are nigella?  Easier to sow thin anyway - unlike some things, lettuce and petunias for example!!  

Dragon claw willow

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:27

I know how that happens, friend of mine has just spent an inordinate amount of money on a fig tree - I could have given him 10 gratis if he'd only mentioned it!! 

I wonder if you live where it is colder than here?  Mind, the mamma tree has only just started leafing, I'd have stayed in too if it were as cold as that where I was!  Maybe yur babies will start soon now it is getting lighter - do hope so - it is such a lovely tree. 

council recycled compost

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 15:59

John Innes loam based is doubtless the best but works out very expensive if you want to use alot.  i use it for permanent pots, it adds weight which is a good thing if you have a windy site as we have here, and I add it to other composts for baskets & summer pots, with bulb compost for bulb pots stored for the spring.  

allotment

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 15:57

Wonderful answer from Alan, grab his advice as he knows whereof what he speaks - of course raised beds are great but can be a bit pricey when starting out - though if you have access to scaffolding boards - way to go! 

Dragon claw willow

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 15:55

It will, and you will be surprised as to how quicky. 

 

Obelixx, try rooting your cuttings in water , takes about 3 -4  weeks, then plant in good compost - have done this for years - since accidentally discovering this when I kept a few branches indoors in a vase for decoration.  When I took them outside the vase was full of roots - have scattered cuttings of this all over this area since then!!

Not absolutely sure that Dragons Claw is the same as contorted, but do suspect so - family is right anyway so should respond the same.  

Beginner failing miserably.

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 15:21

Seed growing is frustrating and great when it goes right!  Sow a few seeds at a time, use plenty of something like vermiculite to open the compost, use seed compost - nothing with feed in it, keep the watering to the barest minimum, sow as few seeds as possible, give as much light as possible, don't overheat or chill - that's all !!!    So much depends on warmth and light, and indeed overcrowding.  Maybe try with bigger seeds to start with, easy to handle and separate - things like courgette, pumpkin, beetroot  and so on - or go outside when the soil warms up a bit and thrwo around some packets of annual seeds for virtually instant flowers n a few weeks!!  

Prick out as soon as the first true leaves appear, that may be over several days or even weeks, rather than wait for them all to get big enough.  This gives you staggered plants which gives you a good show for longer, or good crops if they are for eating purposes.

 

Accept that some things take alot longer than others, primulas are known to take up to 2 years to germinate, some annuals are through in 3 or 4 days, nature will do as she sees fit, but does need the right circumstances to do it.  Keep trying, it is so worth it when it does go right.  If it doesn't this eyar, there are always plug plants to buy ...................

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