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seedlings coming through at different rates - advice?

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 10:43

Hi Dove

i have them on a west facing, huge window. its the best spot they can be in. only thing that might have let them down a little is maybe staying in the propogator too long, with the lid having lots of condensation it would have been a little darker in there.

fingers crossed they make it through!

at what point do i thin them out, or is that not til they are potted on ?

seedlings coming through at different rates - advice?

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 20:52

little pic update .. i have now cut out the seedlings that have germinated and put them open in a tray:

 these are calendula officinalis, tagetes tenuifola, dainty marietta, and mixed lettuce.

seedlings coming through at different rates - advice?

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 11:47

perfect, thanks guys. best get those seedlings out asap tonight then before they fail!

seedlings coming through at different rates - advice?

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:46

Hi Dove

hmm, im not sure it would be quite fiddly. the module tray is 40 cell one piece. i could possibly cut it so i have 4x 10 cell pieces? 

seedlings coming through at different rates - advice?

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:30


so, this sunday just passed i sewn a small number of seeds, splitting 2x 40 cell modules into 8x10 so each plant has 10 modules. this is my first seed sowing experiment, and i noticed this morning already that the tagetes, calendula, lettuce, and aubretia have come up - with 2 leaves. however, the tomato seeds and parsley have yet to surface - so now with a mix of seed types in the same propogator, im not sure whether to open the vent or not - there is still lots of condensation within the propogator. probably wasn't the best idea to sow them separately! but oh well you live and learn ...

so anyway, im not sure what the best thing to do is? let some air in? leave them for a while longer? it has only been 5 days.

Eradicating Horsetail Grass

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 09:52

further to my post - just having done a quick google, came across this which is good information:


Eradicating Horsetail Grass

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 09:47

one of the worst weeds you could ever have the misfortune of having. had it in my soon-to-be-previous garden, which incidentally is also a heavy clay, poorly drained and acidic. same conditions under which moss thrives.

so, the answer from these set of circumstances would seem to be to improve the soil structure, as well as cutting any stems ground-level up before spore formation. now, these are very much long term solutions, but in my opinion are the only way. it will take some years to exhaust the root system of the horsetail but frequent cutting and prevention of above ground level foliage appearing will limit any new plants from being produced and will obviously exclude light and thus energy from getting to the plants roots, weakening them. it is not sensible to cut any root material, as not cutting a root cleanly will simply regenerate new plants.

as for soil structure - dig in LOTS of organic matter. horsetail, as with moss, thrives in poor soil. i have read somewhere that the first plant to establish and grow on the burnt earth around the erupted Mt. St. Helens was ... horsetail! that in itself proves that theory. improving this structure over time strategically will help greatly.

good luck ..



Talkback: Dandelion

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 09:27

elbow grease is the answer that im sure no-one wants to hear i just dig the soil around them as deep as possible and pull them up manually. no chemicals used, and i find it therapeutic holding a near foot long piece of root in my hand! nothing satisfies more than a bit of good old fashioned hard work

found some begonia tubers..

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 22:49


having just been back to the house to pick some bits and pieces up, i noticed that thrown over the back fence (!) from thompson and morgan are a pack of begonia tubers 'Apricot Shades' (x10). sadly i have no idea how long they have been there, although it must have been a while as the whole pack was quite wet - the delivery note inside soaked and tatty.

so ... what to do with these now! they are essentially free, i have no idea why they have been delivered as they arent something i would have chosen particularly so presumably they were free as part of a previous order some time ago. i see they should have planted in february, and with them being dumped outside in probably days of rain, sun and elements (albeit in a pack) im not sure if its worth bothering with them. 10 of them aswell, i dont think i even have any spare pots for them! might have some space outside directly in the ground if thats worth a shot.

casualties of the battlefield

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 16:24

hi, there were about 3/4 small pieces of it- all small that size. ill see if i can get a photo in the morning, it will be dark by the time i get back tonight.

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