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Music in the Garden

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 14:06

Wonderful stuff, Lily......been known to shake me tush this me time  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAczi8DsqBQ

Sorry, Frank!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o4kvBI5A98

 

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 11:49
artjak wrote (see)

David, I have the hinged type of root trainers and simply place it in a gravel tray and water from the base

Errm.....not quite sure how that would work, artjak. Mine are kind of wedge shaped, hence have no surface area at the base to absorb water.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 10:18
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Did you mean me David?  

 

Yes...GG = Gardengirl.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 10:07

Got it! Yes, that would work fine, GG, if you don't mind a fiddle.

PM me & I'll send you a prototype.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 10:04

Not really sure which type you mean, Gardengirl.

Btw, forgot to mention toilet roll middles in my previous post, I've never used these, but have read reports of fungi growing on the damp cardboard. 

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:44

I would just like to add a little about those SP seed sowing pots.

The cost and types can vary quite widely. Those known as 'Root-Trainers' (the hinged opening type) can cost around £15 for 2 x 32 cells, although they can be used for several years if taken care of....the only problem I've had with these is to be able to keep them watered; they have such a small surface area.

Then there are 'Grow Tubes', these normally cost around £9 for 20 (although I happened to spot this today www.amazon.co.uk/Elixir-TUBES-EXTRA-SWEET-ONIONS/dp/B00IRCM2A4/ref=sr_1_3?s=outdoors&ie=UTF8&qid=1411720036&sr=1-3&keywords=grow+tubes) .....these are biodegradable and quite satisfactory.

The ones I use are the black polythene bag type sold by Eagle. These cost £6 per 100 and are generally intended to be used once.

Some will say that you can grow 6 or so seeds in a 5" pot, I've tried this and it to be less satisfactory because of root congestion.

 

 

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 08:47

First of all plant them sufficiently far apart to allow free air circulation between plants. Then a monthly  spray with a product called 'Systhane' from June to the end of the flowering season.

Btw, this method is also used by Eagle SPs. 

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 18:40

NGCARDS - I know of no mildew resistant SPs, though there is a fairly easy regime to keep it at bay. 

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 18:37

Gardengirl - I only grow my sweet peas in the open ground and for this I prepare this ground during the winter. This involves deep digging with the addition of well rotted manure At planting-out time I add blood/fish & bonemeal at the rate of one handful per sq yd.....then no further feeding.

RIP Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 17:19

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/60892.jpg?width=265&height=350&mode=max

 

Yes, have I've seen that, Bookertoo and old photographs of it ....Paxton also introduced the the forerunner of our present day conservatory.......calling it 'my conservative wall', as above.

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