Latest posts by figrat

Rocket guzzlers

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 20:16
I'd sprinkle a few Eco friendly slug pellets around.

Growing veg with little space

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 16:04

I came across this link in reply to another post, but thought I'd share the link here as well, as I thought it's a really neat idea.

 Instructions and more info here:

keeping mice off pea seeds

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 15:57
Greenfingeredsmoggy wrote (see)

I asked a similar question last week. The answer I got was soak the peas in paraffin. it works a treat doesnt harm the peas and keeps the furry criters away from them. Alternativly you can sow them in gutters indoors and transplant them when they've established, by that point they're not much interest to the mice.


I think the original poster is having problems with mice eating the peas that have been sown in guttering in the greenhouse.

I don't know how acrobatic mice are, but maybe you could suspend the guttering from the apex of the greenhouse?

 I know the picture's not in a greenhouse, but you get the idea.

The link is - might be a neat idea to adopt in other places, not sure well how outside suspended guttering would stand up the windy days though.

Forcing Rhubarb

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 19:07

Yup, forcing rhubarb is to get an early crop, but it does exhaust the plants for the next season.

I've forced 3 roots this year in a dalek bin which I usually use to store old potting compost and have had a couple of pickings off those.

The 3 plants in my garden are coming on nicely ( only planted last year, so I didn't pick any, to let them get established).

As LG suggests, maybe take the pots off 2 or 3, leave them to grow on, and crop from the succulent stems from the other ones, and sparsely, if at all, from the uncovered ones to allow them to get well and truly established.


Aaargh! the design of seed packets!

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 18:59

I always open mine through that little flap on the bottom. And have a pot of paper clips in the gh to seal it afterwards.


Posted: 16/04/2013 at 10:40
@ Fairygirl - is the crocosmia you're thinking of 'Solfaterre'? Smaller than the rest, with a bronzy tint to the foliage? I've got a small clump in a pot that I dug up last year, MUST REPLANT TODAY!
it is also less invasive, and more tender than most.

Sweat pea -disaster

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 07:56
Some folk recommend testing viability of seed by sowing onto damp kitchen roll, and keeping same warm and moist. You can then see if there's any sign of germination, and, if you're very careful, the germinated seeds can then be transplanted into modules or whatever. It'd probably only work with large seeds though, like sweet peas etc.

I use this method to start off sweetcorn.

Windowsill propogation

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 07:50
For the basil - if you look closely at a supermarket pot of the same, you'll see that it has quite a few separate plants in there. So you could transplant a clump of them into a larger pot.

As for the mixed salad leaves, if you grow them on a 'cut and come again' basis, they too can be grown thickly.

Or you can transplant singly, as Punkdoc suggests. Or you could try both approaches, and see which works best for you.

Have no experience of pak choi though.

Sweat pea -disaster

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:47
Hmmm, getting on a bit now for a resowing, you could probably pick up some seedlings quite cheaply from a nursery/ market/ car boot sale.

Getting rid of Bindweed

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 17:50
Garden was totally infested with the stuff when I moved here,oh, 18 years ago. I dug out miles of root ( easy to spot as it's creamy white ) but then my soil's very light and free draining, if yours is heavier, then that is hard work. Now I get the odd whispy bit erupting, which I nip off on sight, thinking chlorophyll deprivation will continue to knock it back.

I think a similar approach to your brambles is the way to go, some folk recommend sticking bamboo canes in the ground to encourage it to twine and grow, then bruise the foliage and zap it with glyphosate.

Good luck.

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