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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 17:56

Louise  - I reckon every couple of days, but I guess it depends how many slugs you’ve attracted.  It doesn’t take long before it starts to pong and the whole things becomes quite revolting!

fish,blood and bone use as additive to compost for potting on tomatoes.

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 17:51

Wouldn't do it, MJ. BF&B added this way would result in too much lush growth at the expense of setting fruit.

There is sufficient feed in your MPC to last until they need feeding proper with a weekly high potash feed.......this should start when the first truss of flowers has set fruit.

Growing from seed

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 11:17

Glad you're getting this useful info, little bee.

I would just add that each beetroot seed contains about 4 potential seedlings. So to avoid overcrowding & unnecessary thinning out later...sow just one seed per module. 

I have a birthday this year so what are ŷou going to get me?

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 10:57
KEF wrote (see)

Happy belated birthday David

Snot belated, tis today!

Btw, the mother of my kids and moi are being taken out for a meal at lunchtime...BOGOF.

Damping-off

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 10:56

Yes, that must be a pain, chicky, but you're quite right, stagnant water isn't helpful.

Us old gardeners used to rely on Cheshunt Compound to treat damping-off, but of course is no longer available under current regulations, although there are alternatives.

I have a birthday this year so what are ŷou going to get me?

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 10:24

Can I tag on to this thread? It's my burfday today.

Damping-off

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 10:22

It’s that time of year again when we have to face the dreaded damping-off issue, a particularly difficult time for beginners to gardening.

Damping off — is a horticultural disease caused by numerous fungi and other pathogens, they can move through an entire tray of seedlings in a matter of days. It is probably the single biggest problem for gardeners who start their seedlings indoors.

Four facts that may help:

 Don’t water too frequently:

Ensure adequate air circulation:

Maintain correct temperatures: Allowing plants to become either too hot or too cold can increase vulnerability to damping off.

Use only sterile compost.

Hope this is helpful.

Growing from seed

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 09:35

Hi, little bee.....fraid this seems like too much water in the compost.....it won't harm your seedlings as such, but do let the compost dry out a little.

IMHO, more seedlings are killed by too much water than by all other issues combined........careful with the soil moisture level, it really is that simple.

I know achieving the right moisture level is difficult when you first set out, so I would suggest investing in a moisture meter until you get the hang of it....they're very cheap.

 

Name Change

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 20:20

No need to apologise to me, Mike and as you say it makes it easier because you haven't registered many posts.

What I intended to convey that it's irritating when it becomes just a fad and we don't know who we're replying to anymore.

Name Change

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 19:56

Changing forum names really, really annoys me!  You wouldn't do it in real life and expect to be recognised...... now would you?? 

David K. as it has been for the past 10 years or more.

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