David K

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Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 11:49

Welcome to our forum, Maggie,well done with those sweet peas.....they sound just about ideal.

Like everyone else, I'm trying to make sense of our crazy weather, as it determines the best time to plant out.

I would offer a couple of pointers, if a) they are fully hardened-off ie have not been subject to any heat (other than for germination) and kept in a coldframe or similar, b) the soil is not waterlogged you could safely plant out now.

 I would hang back for another couple of weeks on clay soil.

Hope that helps.

Music in the Garden part 2

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 21:36

Just watching 'Dirty Dancing'.....some great music.


Sorreee..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfk6sCzRTbM


East Anglian Bluebell Expedition

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 10:15

 'High energy'  man leaves for the bluebell woods.

East Anglian Bluebell Expedition

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 09:41

Cake? This forum is obsessed wiv cake!  

East Anglian Bluebell Expedition

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 09:24

Slightly off topic, Dove...but it does offer an opportunity to show some bluebells I photographed near to where I live, and perhaps act as an appetizer.





Posted: 20/02/2016 at 08:46



Wishing you a hot birthday, KEF. xxx 

Music in the Garden part 2

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 14:32

Time for some Motown?



soil for seedlings

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 15:03

Hi, begonia

This question arises from time to time on the sweet pea thread.

Basically, all seeds need a compost with a  low nutrient content (as all seed compost have)......this is because richer composts would result in quick, lush growth that would be susceptible to pests and disease.   The idea is to germinate your seed in low nutrient seed compost, before potting-on using slightly richer compost, commensurate with the plants development, until they are ready for their final quarters.

I think what you understand as 'good quality all purpose soil' is in fact just sifted multipurpose compost.......soil and compost are quite different.

I would just add that sweet peas and other largish seed do not need a covering of sifted compost.....just smaller seed such as lettuce.

Hope that clarifies matters slightly.     

Music in the Garden part 2

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 08:53

Many thanks, KEF x...lovely song.

Camera Talk

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 22:14

Everything you ever wanted to know about photography:


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