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Daft thoughts

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 10:39

I've also got a bit of a cold. But that doesn't excuse my deciding not to plant some more cherry bombs in the propagator last night because it was gone 19:00 and dark outside - something in my brain decided the seedlings would not like the dark. Daft moo I was stood in the kitchen under a strip light about to put them in soil!


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 10:35


Well that's a company that, based entirely on the fact that they seem to threaten their customers with legal action because presumably they get in contact wanting to know where their order is, whose website I wont even be visiting much less placing an order with them! Even if I was told their plants were the most awesome things ever (which I haven't) customer  service and attitude count for so much in my little black book.

Perhaps a fall in sales is what they wanted? Seems a very strange way to run a business either way.

I'm hoping its pay day this week so I can get some more pond plants brought this weekend in between setting up the compost bins (how rock and roll are we?!) My three little Iris (okay not the native planting I wanted but they are very pretty so have been allowed to sneak in) are looking a little lonely! Can't spend too much on the pond right now unfortunately- I've too many other projects on the go not to mention my long terms savings pot needs topping back up!

chilli peppers

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 07:22
 I get nervous about seedlings too! They're just so delicate! I tend to wait til they're far too big for their pots (I put them in oversize ones to start with so they look tiny and lost) before I move them because I am convinced I'll snap them.
Sounds like you're going to be having the most adventurous meals come harvest time! 
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

Clari,  I have LOADS of Cherry Bomb seedlings, it's going to be a Cherry Bomb fest I our house, also some Apache and Purple Riot. I will need to repot them soon, just trying to hold in until the GH is finished so thinking possibly Monday.  That's the bit I'm worried about as I usually end up killing the seedlings 



Posted: 27/03/2014 at 07:16

Morning all! 

Since starting the "diet" on Tuesday I'm already 2lb down - just shows you how your body reacts to food it doesn't like! All for a good cause etc but I really want fish & chips!


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 18:56

Mrs G.  Extreme maybe but hopefully I'll be happy and healthy soon. I hope your meal goes well. The food sounds wonderful! 

Dove - send your chaps this way I could keep them busy all week. The pond looks lovely.  I adore the beach idea!


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 16:38

Mrs G I'm positively drooling that sounds wonderful!!

Who's poo? (Hedgehog?)

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 16:24

Ah the delightful "spending a penny".

chilli peppers

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 16:22

My chilli count at the moment is:

2 x jalapeño

3 x purple riot

6 x chilli willy (got a pack of ten seeds & am hoping to give these away as gifts)

2 x cherry bomb

1 x scotch bonnet

3 x pepperoncini

1 x mystery one the label fell off!

Now I think I've worked out the trick to using the propagator (think it was too damp last time which is why I didn't have much success - I've now put sand in the bottom to disperse the heat and don't water the seedlings after the initial planting) I'm going to have a go to get a couple more plants (esp. cherry bombs - they look soooo good!) growing ready to fill the greenhouse once the warmer weather decides to stick around rather than teasing us so.


How are yours doing Orchid?


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 16:11

Edd that's a lovely idea! But I fear my partner has "issues" eating home grown food at the best of time I can't see him being too impressed seeing me pull something from the patio cracks!

I'll have a look out for them Fidget. I'm sure I've a couple of packets here to get me started.

My two compost bins have arrived (I was starting to doubt I had ordered them) so weather / health willing I shall be cracking on with that project for the garden this weekend. I've now three new compost bins to install (going to level the area with rubble that's currently in / on the vegetable garden), two old wooden bins to empty and dismantle (they're very very rotten and up against the hedge which is doing it no favours I'm sure), and then to decide how best to screen them from the garden (daleks are never the prettiest). I'm thinking about some removable trellis to grant emptying space come "harvesting" time but screen it the rest and perhaps some climbing plants in pots like sweet peas or even just broad beans. That said the likes of sweetpeas wouldn't even need to be in a pot once the bins are in place we wont be emptying them for a season or three so plenty of time for the plant to grow around the trellis, flourish, and then die back ready for us to gain access.

Hmm.... decisions...


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 13:16

Thanks Fidget. We eat no end of salad but I've never gotten myself organised to grow it properly myself for more than a couple of weeks worth at once. This has to change!! I shall dig out my collection of seeds this weekend and start my first set. At least this is something that will grow in pots too so the fact that the vegetable garden is going to take a lot more work wont stop us from getting healthy (cheap) meals!

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