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Stratification of Seeds

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:35

Dahlias come from mexico and other south american countries. they don't need stratification. They need heat. Once they are up, any frost will kill them.

My dahlia seeds that I sowed two weeks ago in a cool greenhouse have germinated and  I pricked them out today.

 Some plants need stratification, usually those that come from cold countries, like alpines.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 18:13

Stacey, get some blackout curtains or thick  curtain liners. You know it makes sense. Otherwise little one will be getting up at 5 am in June.

Lovely hellebores , by the way.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:31

Why, what have you been doing , Orchid Lady?

I have potted up Dahlia and Cosmos seedlings, and split up 3 cannas into 10 and potted them on....  and picked a bag of kale and broccoli for dinner. and got rained on.

Apple and plum trees for small garden

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:18

If you are only having one apple tree, you need to make sure there is a suitable pollinator nearby. Otherwise a family tree with three compatible varieties on might be a better option.Victoria plums are self fertile and can be grown on their own.

Tomato Feed - Yes or No

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:11

I don't feed tomatoes until the first truss is set, but seaweed and magnesium sounds ok for toms.

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Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:04

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I wont be using it. You are welcome to it.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 08:37

What did you say to upset them, verdun?

I can get stroppy with  suppliers but they've never set the solicitors on me.

What does a pond need for a good ecosystem

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 08:30

My pond is very neglected,the liner needs replacing so it is a foot lower than it should be. It's full of life,  Including frogs, toads, common newts,dragonfly larvae and  a pair of mallards.  Birds use the shallow end for bathing, foxes drink from it,the heron fishes in it. Don't worry too much about the pond. So long as you have some oxygenating weed in, and take out dead leaves in autumn, all you need to do is watch.

Who's poo? (Hedgehog?)

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 22:10

Sorry, I think we're going a bit off topic. But I'm not the sort of girl who goes up a mountain in crocs.  I don't go to work  on a freezing cold day without a fully charged phone, a flask of hot coffee, warm clothing, wellies, and a snow shovel.

Who's poo? (Hedgehog?)

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 22:07

In a wet suit... don't be silly. I had a set of thermal underwear, a quilted undersuit and a membrane dry suit with built in wellies and two pairs of socks on. Topped off with a padded jacket just to be on the safe side... and a woolly hat.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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squash crown prince

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I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Identification needed

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Felley Priory Bluebells.

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Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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bluebells at Felley priory.

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