Latest posts by djjjuk

quick bare root raspberry question

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 10:52


i have 5x tulameen and 5x autumn bliss bare root plants, which currently sit in a bundle within one pot (they were purchased like this). i aim to plant these today/tomorrow in containers. i have 5x 45cm pots, of which i plan to plant one of each variety on each end of the container.

now after planting these bare root plants, im sure that the autumn bliss needs pruning down to a few inches above ground level - is that correct? but the main question i have is what to do with the tulameen - do i still prune this one after planting or leave it, bearing in mind it fruits on last years growth (i think ..?) ?

Patio cleaner

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 14:14

Hi there. not sure what your stance is on chemical use generally - my own are organic where possible and one of the best cleaning products - in fact general multi-use - is vinegar. by the way its extremely cheap as well - what you need is 'distilled white vinegar' which is about 50p or so for a bottle around 550ml.

you will need to put some elbow grease into it, but you would with any product you used if you werent using a pressure washer.


watering seeds from the bottom

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 13:49


i have some propogators and sets of 40 cell trays to sit within them. if watering from the bottom, do i just put an inch or so of water inside the propogator tray, with the cell tray then plunged into it? the cells are about 1-1.5 inch deep.



Posted: 06/03/2014 at 21:39

Hello Angela. if i can ask where did you get this box from you talk about, or is that some sort of DIY concoction?

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 21:10

knowledge and experience envy!

... if i had to choose one it would be greenhouse envy ... 

Cleaning patio

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 17:27
Artjak, my mistake,meant kiln DRIED sand


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 16:58

Hi mate, remember it wont really start growing just yet so anything youve done in winter wont really look any different. id wait til its a bit warmer, has grown a little, give it a small top cut and re-assess.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 16:25

do you think its too early to sow now then GF? by outside i take you mean in an unheated greenhouse, not directly outside. i probably should mention what seeds i have at this point:

  • calendula, tagetes, french marigold
  • Nigella damascena (2 varieties)
  • Cornflower (2 varieties)
  • tomato red alert, gardeners delight
  • carrot early nantes, aqualdulce claudia broad bean, spinach bloomsdale, mixed lettuce
  • a load of herbs, but i see these are late spring sowings anyway so N/A for now

out of these i believe off the top of my head the tomato, carrot and broad bean can or should be sown around about now. with the carrot, i have veg patio planters but no winter protection or cloche to sow them under directly outside, this seems to be advised for carrot?

the other seeds i have can be started throughout spring so it might be better to wait for those. maybe stagger the seed sowing so i can manage them a little better rather than do a 300 seed sow en masse?


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 15:55

hi guys, thanks for the advice.

so really i could do with something to stick them in after they get to that 2/3cm height.

i see that the plastic greenhouses do come with fleece covers - would this provide both enough light and warmth? maybe someone who has experience of using one of these can provide the answer. if they would be warm enough to pot them on outside in 3 or so weeks time using the plastic greenhouse, i shall invest in a couple.


Posted: 06/03/2014 at 15:21

Hi everyone

so, this year will be my first 'proper' attempt at raising anything from seed. i have propogators, cell trays, thermometers, plant labels by the many and am ready to get going

in my current temporary residence (will be moving in June/July) i have no greenhouse (and no chance of getting one). i dont even have a plastic growhouse, maybe it would be worthwhile getting one? so am limited to indoor window sills.

to make it more difficult, the house is west facing, so all windows are either east or west, none being particularly well lit although its far from dingy and dark.

i have approx 300 cell modules to sow in aswell as 60x 6cm pots for bigger seeds.

ive put thermometers around the window sills of where i think the best place for these propogators is, as at last night around 9pm temp was 20c, this morning at 7am 15c. so maybe slightly lower than seeds need (isnt it between 17-23 average?) though having said that im guessing the seeds would be warmer within a propogator than in the open room. window sills particularly can be colder, would it be worth putting a bit of fleece or some other warm material underneath the propogators on the window sill?





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