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Dave Morgan

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GW weather

Posted: Today at 15:16

Try this one Lyn, very accurate and a good long range forecast too.

When Should I be planting my seeds?

Posted: Today at 15:12

Carrots need to be sown direct into the soil. The onions, if they're sets(the little bulbs) can be started in cellular seed trays, and planted out when the weather is better. The same with the garlic. I'd use cellular seed trays, as there is less root disturbance when planting out for the lettuce, rocket and chives. Potatoes need to be planted direct into the soil. Sow seed sparingly, it's easier to thin them out, say two to a cell.

Read the instructions on the packets thoroughly. Be guided by that. As you are so far north I'd wait another month longer than it says on the packet, that should ensure better weather and temperatures.


Posted: Today at 15:01

Cheap way of creating raised beds is with scaffold planks. Any reasonable builders merchant can supply them. Two planks tall 2m x1m. Topsoil by the ton is relatively cheap, but It will take 6+ tons to fill the beds. Pure topsoil in a raised bed I wouldn't advise as you need some grit/small stone in it to allow air in the soil.

You'll need 18 inch wooden stakes and nails or screws to construct the beds. I prefer exterior screws myself. One in each corner, maybe one each side about halfway is often the case.

As for planting, well what do you want to grow, veg/flowers or shrubs or a mixture of all three.

If your'e planning to involve young people, then a mixture of annuals and easy growing veg would be best, they produce quick results, and can look very impressive.

Get seed from Wilko, it's cheap and reliable. It doesn't matter what you pick, but it's good to involve any youngsters in the choosing of the seed. They then can see whats going to come up.

Keep a length of scaffold board just over a metre long to lay across the beds. The whole idea behind raised beds is not compact the soil by walking on it.

Seed sowing outside starts in March and can go on till September.

Stagger sowings of quick growing veg for a continuous supply. Late sowings of flower seeds gives you a longer season of colour. Take care to feed the soil with a general purpose fertilizer, you won't know the fertility of the topsoil you'll be getting. Growmore is fine.

Tree Lily Bulbs

Posted: Yesterday at 20:42

I've not grown these before, but I am tempted, any advice on how sharp the drainage needs to be. I have a dry, and I mean dry, sunny bank. Rosemary thrives there as do other sun/dry loving perennials. If it's too dry I'll go for pots, but I was looking for something tall and fragrant as it's right by the back door.

Bare root canes

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 15:02

Get them in now before it freezes. They can cope better with the cold in the ground rather than out of it. Give them a deep mulch to help protect them.

Overgrown shrub- can I cut back safely?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 22:08

Dove, it's dormant, it won't set new growth till it warms up, and it's only going to get colder according to forecasts.

Greenhouse cleaning

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 22:04

I use a weak solution of jeyes fluid. I've used weak bleach, and hot soapy water. They all do the job.

Garden patches - advice

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 18:58

Leather jacket damage, water in the nematodes.

Talkback: How to plant a tree fern

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 18:56

The recommended method is to tie up the leaves and then wrap it with fleece and sacking. It depends on how harsh any frost you may have had has been.


Mulsh with manure

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 18:54

You can do it now, it just rots down a bit more slowly in the cold weather. I'm doing mine next week. I mulch several times a year if I think it could do with a boost. My roses are magic.

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