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mould on germinating seeds

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 08:45

MPC = multi-purpose compost - I put it through a garden sieve for all but the largest seeds.


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 08:42

Good morning Pdoc  

I daren't start just yet - I'm going for the beginning of March - but I will finish going through the seed tins after tennis today - you're right, it's getting exciting


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 08:37

Happy birthday Pauline7

 Have a lovely day


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 08:32
WonkyWomble wrote (see)o

Morning all, overslept Fairy so must be different neighbours! 

Enjoy tennis Dove, don't strain anything, you have a walk tomorrow! X

Morning all....gotta get a shift on!....take care out there!

That sounds like good news Wonks   I'll keep my fingers crossed the improvement is maintained!  It'll be difficult to hold my tennis racket, but I'll manage

Have a good day! xx

mould on germinating seeds

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 08:29

That sounds like damping off - better drainage and ventilation is needed.

I'm not a fan of coir, especially on its own.  I prefer to use a loam-based seed compost or MPC, both with the addition of  grit/perlite to improve drainage and keep watering to a minimum.  The surface of the compost should be almost dry. 

Also if you're using heat to germinate, remove the seed trays from heat virtually as soon as germination has taken place. 



Posted: 17/02/2016 at 08:05

Morning Fairy

I spoke to Wonks yesterday just after she arrived home from work - she said things seemed a bit quieter, and there was a woman she'd not seen before, glaring out of the window.  I've heard nothing since ..........

Jeyes fluid

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 07:50
pansyface wrote (see)

As you can see from this fact sheet, Jeyes fluid is a very toxic substance with many many warnings about its danger to life and health. It is closely related to creosote.

It will kill anything which it touches, in any dilution, and does not decay on contact with soil. If you want to kill all living things in your flowerbed - worms, spiders, the lot - in addition to some blackspot spores Jeyes fluid is the way to go.

I grow a lot of roses. I live in a rainy part of the country. The best way to keep blackspot at bay is to pick off affected leaves and burn them, pick up fallen leaves and burn them, keep the ground around the rose bushes hoed and crumbly so that the spores have less chance of boucing up off the soil during a rain storm and making sure that there is good ventilation around the plants.

Jeyes fluid is a foul thing. Personally, I think it should be banned.

I agree

Jeyes fluid

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 07:48

I wouldn't use it on soil - far too harmful to beneficial organisms - but here's the information

Please take head of the warnings re toxicity, especially to cats.  The effects are truly horrendous.

Wild garlic

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 07:43

Are we talking about Ramsons (broad leaves) or Allium triquetrum (more like chives)?


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 07:40

Morning Lesley and Topbird

They grit the road here, but that's because it's a bus route  (although it may also be because it leads to the Golf Club )  .  From the report on the EDP website it doesn't look as if the A140 was gritted

Take care everyone out there!  It's icy this morning too!

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