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Seed sowing

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 07:29

I direct sow most things - I don't have a big greenhouse, just a small one, like a three tier cold frame - but in this garden the soil is good and warms up quite quickly too so direct sown seeds usually get away quickly and don't suffer from any delay which they could do if planted out.  

However I appreciate that I'm lucky and that some people living further north or on more difficult soils aren't as fortunate and find that it speeds things up to sow indoors and then plant out.

But I know what Mike means - the way that some GCs market 'equipment' for growing veg makes you wonder how we ever used to manage before the invention of the Grow bag, Potato Bag, strawberry pot etc.  

Last year some of my outdoor  beefheart tomatoes were planted direct into the veg patch instead of into big pots - one of my visitors was totally bemused - he didn't know you could do that 

But on the other hand, buying in brassica seedlings ready for planting out is useful - it means that I don't have to give up part of my small veg plot to a nursery bed.  And last year I bought 3 small Apache chilli plants for virtually the same price as a packet of seeds - they grew on and cropped beautifully and we're still using chillies from that crop.  

So I direct sow and buy plants in - the thing to do is to plan ahead and make the best use of your space.  


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 07:15

Oooh, missed you there Chicky and Lily - good morning both of you  sorry to hear about the rain Lily , but would you mind keeping it with you for the next couple of days, then the builders can get things done?  Ta very much 


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 06:58

Morning Andy   

Builders coming today to do some odd jobs and they're going to finish the pond off as well and put some new gravel boards in where we've raised the level of the garden with the soil we've removed!  Then I can get on with some shrub planting.  


Best plants for covering artificial pond edges?

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 06:24

To post a pic click on the little green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions. 

Whats this plant please?

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 06:21

I wondered about dogwood; can't really see any stem colour but of course that doesn't mean it's not a cornus - a better photo would help but I don't think we're going to get one - and if Spunko just wants a shrub that looks more or less like that, then he may well be happy with weigela 

Help identify hoe - manufacturer, age quality? suitable handle?

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 06:15

There are hedgehog logos on this website for Cornelius Whitehouse - it's an interesting website - maybe they could give you some more information. 

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 06:06

Well done Zoomer!  Keep us informed and post us some pics as you go along 

And you really meant those nettles to grow there didn't you?  You planned to use them to make nettle tea didn't you?  Very good fertiliser for leafy veg  


Lime, clubroot and borage

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 06:01

Borage can tolerate very alkaline soils, so should be perfectly ok in freshly limed soil. 


Posted: 25/03/2014 at 05:57

Good morning all 

Welcome to Mikey and Potters    Looking forward to hearing about your gardening exploits. 

We were told there wasn't going to be a frost here, but the air temp got down to -1.3C at some stage during the night  but it's back up to 3.3 now and there's beautiful pink streaks across the sky.  Hefty's been out and about and had his supper - he's a messy chap or chappess!  We refer to him as a chap, but we don't know which he is really.  


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 20:09

Good news Lily 

I'm struggling to keep my eyes open - I was woken in the night by the cooker timer beeping!!!  Think I'm going to have to say goodnight and doze - got to be up and decent in time for the builders in the morning - sweet dreams everyone - see you tomorrow   

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