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Seeds are up

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 16:54

This morning I shut myself in the (6ft x 8ft) GH and had a blissful few hours pricking out. French Marigold Scarlet Sophie, verbena rigida, everlasting pea white pearl. melianthius major, tagetes paprika, calendula Indian Prince, Zinnias Red Spider, Cactus Orange and Starlight Rose, Gazania Kiss Rose, Cosmos Sonata White, Heliotrope Dwarf Marine and geranium maderense.

Most pots only had a few seeds sown in as I was using up old packets of seed...only have one melianthus major, 3 geranium maderense and 2 ropey looking verbena rigida. But as I only have a small garden this isn't a problem...I always seem to sow too much anyway....


Plan to sow more seed over easter.....including my ONE ricinus impala seed...


Changing my avatar

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 16:25

I just had a go....and I'm a bit of a numpty when it comes to pooters so if I can do it anyone can. Here's how I did it...

Go to Settings (top rhs of forum page), there is a little head and shoulders  face atm as your on (located top left of settings page).

I don't use facebook so I just clicked on to get to on my pooter....found the photo that I wanted to use....clicked on   then scrolled down to and Bob's your wossname....

Sorry if you've done all this already..are you remembering to click on before you leave the settings page?


I'll get ma'coat.....

Best dwarf pear or apple?

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 21:45

I have one, self fertile dwarf apple called Croquella that gives small, crisp red apples. Last year was the first year that it failed to fruit but I think that was down to the abysmal weather....usually we get loads.


Posted: 28/03/2013 at 21:42's worse...I have a cat! but Priya the cat has an area at the back of the GH that she uses to dump in....I just go in wearing a gas mask, teflon pants tucked into waders and gauntlets to clear that out every so often.....ew....

Forum names

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 21:31

I think my forum name is self explanatary....

I can't even grow from seed!!!!!!!

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 21:29

I always sow into small (7cm) square plastic pots, using seed compost...I often sieve it if it's particularly lumpy and the seeds are exceptionally small. Tiny seeds I just sow on the surface and press lightly, larger seeds get a light covering of sieved compost or seed-grade vermiculite....and big seeds just get pushed into the compost. Water from the bottom with clean tap water and spray with cheshunt compound which helps to stave off 'damping off'.

Don't allow the compost to become too wet, too cold, too hot or too sounds more complicated than it is. To judge if the pots are too dry just pick them will be obvious if they are drying as the pots will be lighter...just stand in tap water to soak up water by capillary action.

If the night temperatures are very cold then provide extra protection, I pop a propagator lid over them whilst they are small. In the daytime it's surprising how quickly the pots can become too hot if the sun is shining through glass...even when we have snow on the ground perhaps move the trays/pots to a place where the sun is a little less intense.

This is just what I do and isn't necessarily the RIGHT way to go...and I am not hovering over the pots all day long as I'm out at work a lot of the time.

This year the cold has checked a lot of my seedlings...ones that would usually have been moved to the (unheated but well insulated) GH by now have had to be kept in the conservatory (much less posh than it sounds...we built it ourselves out of reclaimed materials...but it's warmer than the GH) Hopefully once the weather improves the seedlings will catch up..

It's still early, I've still got lots of seeds waiting to be sown.


Posted: 28/03/2013 at 21:07

Oooh that young man would catch his death of cold with the weather we've been having lately. I have read that some folk garden naked but whilst that may be fine for the young and firm I wouldn't want to drag my saggy dimpled flesh around the border...


Apart from trusty wellies or clogs if it's particularly muddy I just garden in what I have on at the time...if it's cold I do have an old fleece of OH's that I've pinched. I often get waylaid by a bit of weeding or dead heading when I'm heading for the bird table of a sometimes I garden in my dressing gown...and in the summer I often garden barefoot....I love feeling the warm soft earth between my toes.

I only wear gloves if I remember...and have been caught out more than once when sleepy wasps have crawled into gloves to have a doze in the autumn...ouch.

What annuals can I sow for summer colour?

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 19:07

sorry...not all the links work but you get the idea

What annuals can I sow for summer colour?

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 19:05

This is a great thread Ryan...lovely combinations. Like you I am going to have pots of colour/nectar in the garden this year and I've got tons of seedlings ready. Just need to get them big enough to plant up in late May/early June

some pots will (in theory) be cool colours...a mixture of the following...not all in one pot but maybe a group of pots together...

schizanthus which has lovely foliage (poor man's orchid) and tiny sweet flowers.

Didiscus again, lovely foliage as well as umbells of pretty blue flowers


Nemesia fragrant lady pretty and they smell divine


and gazania kiss rose soooo purty....


I have a few large pots for the hot colours.

Tagetes 'Paprika' T&M are selling this seed for 99p in the GCs, very easy from seed and they flower non-stop all summer until the first frosts


Nasturtium crimson emperor

cosmos polidor...this one doesn't get too big


and I will have one very large pot with mexican sunflowers in it, bees adore these but they can take over in my small garden so they stay in pots...I usually grow 'torch' but this year I'm going to try 'fiesta del sol'













Need Bees This Year!

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 18:27

You have a lovely haul there Ryan...I've got a polenonumiumnomnimnum too


I garden to attract bumble bees and have had loads visit the garden...I would agree with the suggestions you've been given too. A few of the star perennial performers in our garden as far as bees are concerned have been....














Don't forget trusty annuals though, plants like phacelia, marigolds, cerinthe and sunflowers are bee magnets...(and butterflies love them too)


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