Latest posts by Dinah

......the good guys

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 13:06

http://treeseedsonline.co.uk/ is one of my favourites. Jackie always sends good seed in good condition, and sends it out well wrapped and very swiftly. No sooner than I have a project planned, it is on the window sill soaking/sprouting ready for planting/stratifying.

She also does a few pre-stratified seeds which are great if you've missed the planting season or can't wait.

Am I allowed to be disappointed?

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 17:06

I think most people give the benefit of the doubt when they get something that wasn't up to a reasonable standard. People really don't like to complain. What I am thinking of is a way for people to see if there are lots of instances of seeds, or plants, arriving in a sorry state. If it does happen a lot, then the distributor or the supplier needs to be informed that there is a problem, even if it is with the postal service.

I'm sure, for example, that any magazine supplying free seeds wants to know if they are arriving in good condition, because if they are not, folk will stop being lured by free seed offers and may not bother to buy the magazine again.  I know that this is how I think about free offers, if they are no good, my opinion of the product they are supposed to promote drops.

Hey! I'm getting all market forces orientated here! I'll be talking about invisible hands, futures and hedge funds in a minute! The only hedge fund I want anything to do with is saving up for a few nice copper beech trees at the bottom of the garden!

Any problems scarifieing hard seeds?

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 21:58

If you are one of us who has problems these days with fiddly things, I've found something that helps with scarifying some types of seeds. My problem was skewering or cutting myself while trying to make a small nick in them, or digging too far in to the seed out of clumsiness. 

The item is part of a clock menders tool kit called a "clock maker's broach" and it is held in a "pin vice". It's original purpose is for making very small holes in brass sheeting. You can adjust the length, tightening it up as you do with a conventional chuck-keyless drill. You use it by gently twisting the handle with your hand. The broaches come in a verity of widths too - so you can adapt to purpose. Both components are cheap to buy second hand on ebay. The second hand ones are better quality.

I saw my husband using one on his clocks, and tried it first on camellia seeds. I'm now trying it on smaller seeds. As long as the seed isn't so small that it disappears down the neck that grips the broach, it works very well.

Am I allowed to be disappointed?

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 21:28

How about if we had a thread devoted to reports of purchased plant and seed disappointments, where-so-ever they come from? Then if someone gets some shoddy seed they can have a look and see if it's happening to other people with that particular product, and add their own experience to the list.

Am I allowed to be disappointed?

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 17:06

I have had packets of seed with magazines that didn't germinate at all, and I've often wondered how they manage to transport piles and piles of magazines with packets of seed attached or enclosed without breaking the seeds up. If I purchase seeds by post they nearly always arrive carefully warped. I imagine a delivery van full of magazines, and at some point some hefty folk heaving bundles of 30 or 40 in and out, doping them with thump on the new pile each time. I wonder that any of them grow.

I've seen some shops stack the magazines in silly places too; without any thought for the seeds under, above, or in front of heaters - or on a stand that is near the door, getting rained on. Maybe if clear instructions how to handle, store and display were put on the front of each bundle? 

I hope you get some replacement sweet peas sent out to you jekylandhide.

Compost again

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 11:44

I'll have a go at drilling holes in the bottom of the washing drum. Thanks again. My new fruit bole is made out of the glass porthole from the front of the machine. It looks great, and is heavy enough not to fall if filled with fruit. I'll look at the pallet thread too.

I have a way of rotting bulbs, surplus ramson bulbs and mouldy onions if anyone is interested. I put them in a bucket and let the rain fill around them with water in a warm, very quiet corner of the garden. After a month or two, I tip the now lumpy gunk onto leaf mould and dig it in. I do the same for rotten potato pieces that are likely to root in the compost bin. It seems to help the leaf mould break down quite well, but you need to stand well, well back when doing the tipping and wear waterproof stuff to avoid smelling sincerely nasty. It is also great for deterring hoards of cannibals and carnivorous beasts - you just fling a ladle full of it at them and they run off.

Compost again

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 20:34

I kept the fly wheel, I was going to use it as a very nifty thing for holding a tall plant support in place in the middle of a pot, but now you've shown me the picture! Wow, thanks for that!

Oh no.....NOT AGAIN

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 13:04

Be careful people, I was reminded by your discussion about another children’s animation series from the seventies, and purchased 33 different types of 'highly flavoursome vegetable' seeds online consequently. I am not talking clangers here, but just don't think to hard about highly flavoured, herbaceous plants, and you could save a lot of money!

Compost again

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 19:58

Yes, I think it might be stainless steel looking at it closely, because it is very shiny and doesn't have half as many scratches upon it as I would expect, considering the harsh usage it has already been through. Thanks Edd, It's all go for the perennial weed incineration and the warm hands after all!

Oh no.....NOT AGAIN

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 20:44

This is very embarrassing. I grow a lot of things in pots. Now I have so many pots that my dearest can hardly get the car out of the garage let alone along the drive. It looks ridiculous too. And still I look at those emails, and I get all hett-up about the idea of missing a bargain that someone else might want to take off my hands when I've grown it on a bit... But nobody ever arrives with a big trailer to take them all away, even though I am giving them away for free. Something to do with living in a very wild and remote area half way up a mountain I suspect, but knowing this never quite cures me of the temptation, and still I buy more next year... and then there are the seed catalogues, and all the window sills full of trays...for shame

Basically Verdun, there are people probably worse than you out here, obsessively worse, so why not spend your cash on what you love - there are far worse things in this world to spend money on than plants!

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