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Where to start?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 10:10

Hi Natalie, a photo of your garden would definitely help if you have one? and Busy Bee2, you're so right, i used to be the one doing that causing all sorts of damage to the fence and plants! cringe about it now but boys will be boys ..

cultivating soil

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 09:52

top of the mornin to ya 

how long after cultivating soil should you wait before you can plant stuff in it? further to my post yesterday, i have a large raised area of soil that i have been doing weed removal work on, digging it to around a foot deep to clear deep roots. the soil type is loamy, so it's very loose at the moment and with the weather its also quite dry on the surface. once digging has finished, how long would i need to let it settle before i can use it for planting? or could i spend some time firming it down, watering it heavily then plant in it within days?

thanks guys ..

first seeds sown ...

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 19:36

another task i managed to do today was sow my first seeds of not only the year but EVER (well, properly ). im not sure ive done it correctly and am a little concerned about the conditions. i have them on a west facing window (no south available) in a propogator behind a single glazed window. checking the thermometer i put on the window at around 5pm it showed as 30c(!). i have the vents closed on the propogators and inside there is condensation (is that correct?). overnight i expect the gauge to drop to about 10-15. is this too big a fluctuation?

see pics below:

 by the way the seeds i sewn and what i did:

  • tomato red alert - 2 seeds per cell module
  • tomato gardeners delight - as above
  • tagetes tenufiola - 3 per module
  • calendula officinalis - 3 per module
  • dainty marietta - 3 per module
  • french parsley - 4 per module
  • mixed lettuce - 4 per module
  • aubretia purple cascade - 4 per module

each plant had 10 modules each. tomato i sank about 1 cm deep, aubretia was surface sown but the rest were surface then covered with a fine layer of john innes 1 (which is what i used to pot the modules with). the seeds were put on after putting water in the bottom of the tray and waiting til the top of the compost was wettened (then the remainder of water drained).

is that all ok so far? im particularly worried about the temp and the condensation?

thanks ... nervous ..


casualties of the battlefield

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 19:19

philippa, the back and hands are no problem. the offensive would have continued but daylight hours were in short supply and the front line needed refreshments

thanks for the ID of those 2. there's not that much of the bramble, most of it is grass and dandelions. its well worth the effort to dig it properly, ive dug each bit a foot or so deep removing as much root material as possible. it will be great to plant stuff in it hopefully by autumn

casualties of the battlefield

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 19:02

 we await an intelligence report of the identification of these enemies, so we can better establish the most efficient way of defeating them and finally claiming victory

casualties of the battlefield

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 18:56

well folks, after years of suffering from oppressive and often aggressive foreign invasion and rule over a large raised area of land by an imperialist regime consisting of weeds, today was the day the rightful owner of the land decided to launch an offensive to claim back the land for the plants.

arriving some years ago to exploit the natural resources and fertility of the land (sound like the british empire dont they! ), they have since become a formidable opponent, forming strong defensive units across the land in difficult to penetrate areas, with particular strongholds around the mountainous old conifer stumps consisting of dandelions, tough grasses and other units of similar refusal-to-die characteristics. overthrow of the regime would not be a simple task.

deciding to take the opportunity to strike when the regime least expected it, the offensive began at 1200 hours when the weed units were basking in the unusually warm spring sunshine and their guards down, knowing a wound left open to the scorching sun would burn their strong roots with fatal consequences. this also saved offensive energy, lots of quick easy wounding and causing slow deaths amongst the ranks, saving valuable energy to confront the stronger units.

weapons at the disposal of the land owner were minimal, with only a carbon steel hand fork and waterproof gloves being brave enough to lead the front line into attack.

the day's battle ended at 1700 hours, with considerable ground being gained and a strong offensive front line established approximately 1 quarter into the mainland. as with any battle, there were considerable losses. on the offensive side, a slightly sore back, hands, and worn hand fork were reported, however the enemy suffered considerably. its at this point it seems right to honour those who fought incredibly resiliently for the enemy, who simply refused to be dug up and die. so we say RIP to the following privates, corporals, leutenants and sergeants of dandelions, grasses and other unknown enemies (these were a handful of many)


and here is how the battlefield looks after day one of battle:

 it would also be fitting to commend the work of general C.S Hand Fork and field marshal W. Gloves. bravo!

 enemy positions have been noted for the next attack to be commenced on an unknown date. the following units have been spotted in their droves:


Posted: 13/03/2014 at 21:46

i havent fed mine at any stage - although mine sits in probably the best spot in the garden, full sun (but not morning), acid clay soil, and slightly mounded so it drains better. has grown to about 3.5ft high from just under a foot when bought 1.5 years ago. it hasnt flowered yet, but looks like it will at any moment.


Posted: 13/03/2014 at 21:22


a while back i bought a load of polyanthus cheap - about 16p per plant. these were and still are in polystyrene modules. due to recent circumstances i have not been able to do anything with them. they are still in great flower however once they finish im not sure what to do with them. i could possibly put them at the front of a new border but that would not be doable for maybe a weekend or two away. will it be too late to plant them in a border before the end of the month?


EDIT: meant to post this in plants, could a mod move it please?

Simple question alert!

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 21:13

Tootles, cut them to about 2 inches above or so,

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Posted: 13/03/2014 at 17:05

Hi Jodie

i can give limited advice as i am perhaps a year or so further down the line than you in terms of being a novice. one thing i would definitely say to you is, walk before you can run .. i have wasted lots of money, time and misguided effort trying to do a thousand things at once that i didnt have enough knowledge or skill to achieve. this forum is a godsend i must say - i have learnt a lot just from reading and applying to my own cases. yes its essential to make mistakes as thats how we learn - however you can minimise your losses by starting small. 

as Clarington has asked above, what plants do you like? you will find sticking to growing something you actually like, as opposed to what you think you should be growing, will give you much more back than trying to force things. it can be overwhelming - so, SO many plants ... lots of them beautiful ... but really try hard to limit them down to a handful that are achievable within your timeframe. and on that note, be conservative with your commitments, as things in life crop up. allow some time to be flexible.

good luck and happy growing!

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