Latest posts by discodave

Seeds are up

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 13:57

Hi sotongeoff,

sorry for the inquisition, lol

I did listen to you, mostly, although I was itching to start in Jan when it was much warmer. I used my time to plan my gardening, buy seeds and supplies etc. I did sow a few test pots and dispite some success (some hits & misses) the majority of my planting will start off in the next week or so.

Seed swap

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 13:48

Thanks again to Lyn for sending me the 

Lychnis coronaria - dusty miller (rose campion) seeds

I was told so sow in March/April time but read somewhere that they can be started in Jan-March. So I did a test sowing (2 pots same conditions) one of the pots germinated in 3 days, the other still has no signs of life 3 weeks later. Heres a pic I took today. As you can see they are still very small (I dont have a giant finger) and not at all leggy & only just grown their second leaf (or first true leaf). 



 I think I am going to have to sow a new batch in about 2 weeks. 

Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 07:55

Thanks Lyon, I was considering planting them into modules to plant out when they get slightly bigger. Thats just made up my mind.. We dont have any issue with deer. 

Lupin Seeds

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 07:47

Oh Grandma, I bet he was popular. I hope he made it up to you...

Recycling things to use in the garden

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 07:42

Obvious one, old toilet roll inners as bio-plant pots. Old plastic bottles - cut in half, use the end with the spout submerged in a planter or near a plant in the garden, easy to fill and get water directly to the roots and use the other end as a cloche. Or cut a tube, with some sticky copper tape around it as a sleeve for young plants to grow through without having to deal with slugs & snails. I also crush up egg shells and sprinkle around new or plants that are prone to slugs & snails. Whenever my next door neighbour needs her bamboo cut back, I keep the old canes & leave them to dry against a wall and use them as plant supports. 

Creating a wildflower garden

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 07:31

Most seeds take from 1 week to 1 month average germination time given the right condotions (it should say on the packet). I have bought a wildflower collection this year and on the packet it says that sow March to May - then again Aug to Oct, I assume this is due to the fact that some of them need sowing later in the year. It also says sow directly onto the prepared ground where they are to flower but I am woried about them getting eaten by slugs and snails before they get to any reasonable size.  

Lupin Seeds

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 07:26

Thanks for the comments, I know its only 1 plant but it had alot of impact. Its partly because of the success of the lupin that I have 15 more patio planters this year than last year (5 of them over 120Litres) 

Seeds are up

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 18:45

Lol, she's right geoff you did... 

1st ever greenhouse!

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 18:18

well  here's the first pic

 heres one done, lol..


1st ever greenhouse!

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 12:53

lol, now you have put me on the spot Tilley, you used to work in art dept, and I have the painting skills of a worm dipped in morphine covered in paint then lain on some paper.. This should be fun..

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