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David K

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Camera Corner

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 11:18

KEF - Another lovely shot from you. I love the dark background, it enhances the focal point're getting quite good at this.

Pleased to say I've managed to sort out my memory card reader problem. The inbuilt reader was kaput, so now I just need to use a separate memory card reader via the USB port.  

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 09:51

Could I just add to my previous post?

A couple of years ago while visiting a sweet pea exhibition, a lady (who knew I would be there) took the trouble to visit the Eagle SP stand and ask the owner if he had seen me as she would like to say hello. Derek (Mr Eagle) found me and introduced us.

We had a cup of tea together, had a good chat and she thanked me for all the help I had given her & nice was that. 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 09:38

Tracey & Louise - believe me, I do understand how confusing it must be to absorb all these do's & don'ts of gardening. Unfortunately sweet peas is one of your choices that will be totally ruined by too much TLC. In fact, cold  frost is their makes  them strong and robust.  I also understand that you may want to figure things out for yourselves and  succeed through trial & error and we have all done that.

As for my 'help'....all I can say is that I've being doing this on these forums now for about the past 10 years and have had many messages of thanks from people who have succeeded where they had previously failed.  

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 16:54

Heather - SP seed normally takes 7 to 21 days to germinate, some may take a few days longer. After this time (unless there other seedlings in the pot) take a pencil or something similar and have a little probe into the compost to see if anymore are sprouting below the surface....careful not to break-off any tiny shoots.

Add Ash to Soil ??

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 16:45

Wood ashes contain only a small amount of potash (about one-twelfth of sulphate of potash) and best applied at the rate of 1/2lb to the square yard.

As for wood treatments, if they were water-based it should be okay to use on your plot.

Do your own metric conversion.


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 11:57

Hi, Barbara, as potatoes are frost tender it would depend on where you live to some extent. So I would say mid to late April, depending where you live.....of course, do take account of the prevailing weather.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 09:34

No matter how many times I say it, I can't seem to get the message through.

Sweet peas are extremely hardy and will not be affected by frosts....of course, if they have been made tender by over-coddling, then they may need hardening-off prior to being planted out.

Louise, don't put the tops on your boxes unless you have already been doing this recently.

Not often I agree with Monty Don, but he was spot on when sowing his SP seed the other week i.e. sow the seed in pots, bung em in the cold-frame, then leave em there until planting-out time.....job done!


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 16:45

Okay, I'm easily confused at the best of times   So I hope too many don't change their  forum names.....otherwise I won't know if I'm cumin or goin! 


Planting Buddleja

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 16:32

"David K - i think i have managed it .... Time will tell, but its not looking good"

Now there's no mean feat!   You could make a fortune if you patented the idea.

Green powder on supermarket tomatoes

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 22:10

Tomsk - This green powder occurs naturally and is given of by the tomato plants themselves and has not been added occurs just the same with home-grown tomatoes.

It's a good idea to wash the fruit, although I don't think it represents any threat to health. It does stain quite badly, in the season my hand-towels usually get stained.

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