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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 15:21

I'm so sorry Bill, sometimes life just isn't fair. I hope you and your wife can find the strength to cope and that friends and family can help support you. I hope you can find some support here, it was brave of you to tell us. May he go peacefully.

eed Dahlias

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 11:47

Do you mean sow Dahlia seeds? I've done it in March, they need warmth and then somewhere light to grow on.

Help with plant identification

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 11:45

Looks like Viburnum Tinus.

Heated Propogator

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 11:39

It's quicker! Also perennials are harder to get going from seeds. But I'm not an expert at growing hardy perennials from seed. I usually buy them, divide them or take cuttings. I grow a lot of annuals from seed and veg.

I mentioned sunflowers because you did, but I've looked up the Maximilian sunflower and it's a bit different, it's a perennial that you can grow from seed for the back of the border.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 10:28

Good morning all.

Sorry about your friend Pentillie.

Have a good time, Dove.

Cloudy today. So much needs doing outside, not sure where to start.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 23:29

500 cal day for me too tomorrow. Easier than dieting all the time as it's only 2 days a week. Can't drink vast amounts of water like that as would always be in the loo! 1 - 2 litres OK.

Heated Propogator

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 23:10

Sunflowers are quite easy to grow from seed, but you sow them in spring, April/May into the ground. Good for bees and then you can feed the seeds to the birds at the end of the year. Scabiosa don't like my garden, don't know why. That sedum is a hardy perennial, I would buy it as a proper plant from a garden centre. Bees and butterflies love them. I have never grown a sedum from seed.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:29

Lucky Dove!

I like blue and yellow, but I usually grow a paler viola, Morpho or something. They are pretty.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:26

Fidgetbones, the aquilegias should be fine, they are pretty hardy, but I imagine yours are babies.

Been doing gardening chores and sowing more seeds today, bedding plants. Nice day, sunny. Also cleared out a neglected cold frame which was full of weeds, changed the sand in it and OH has made a new polycarbonate lid as it was broken.

Heated Propogator

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 15:23

I have 3 x 35cm heated propagators, no thermostat. The thing is not to get seeds to germinate, but to look after them afterwards. I put a thermometer in one of mine out of curiosity, it was 26° in the propagator on the kitchen windowsill, another thermometer on the sill said 17°, so it was plenty warm enough to make the seeds germinate, which they have. But they will grow and then they'll need potting on and all that before it's frost free outside. Have you plenty of window sills, or, better still a greenhouse that's frost free? The baby plants would prefer it over 8 - 10° at night.

I have a greenhouse, but only a rather small feeble heater, too expensive to keep properly warm. I am transferring the babies to window sills, but there is a risk they'll get leggy reaching for light. Then they'll go in the greenhouse.

Zinnias like warmth, I'd wait a bit, then sow them in the propagator. Nasturtiums grow quite quickly and you can sow straight into the ground from late March to May. Cornflowers the same, they are hardy annuals. Lettuces too, they don't like it too warm. Peas shouldn't need a propagator either, they can go straight in the ground in March/April. As you've sown some they'll need getting out as soon as they've germinated, none of those plants needs to be very warm, but it's too soon for outside, who knows what the weather will bring!

A propagator is really good for half hardy annuals and tomatoes. I have sown lobelia, petunias, gazanias, verbena and rudbeckia Tiger Eye so far. They are the sort of plants that can't survive cold nights yet.

March is really a less risky time of year to sow.

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