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Manure or something else?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 10:07

If it's nearby fill ypur boots.. You could still collect leaves from a park or somewhere relatively weed-free and pile 'em on to get the worms aerating your soil.

For  hot bed Google 'Beechgrove hot bed' it was 7 Apr 2014 and a follow up on episode 16. Need a raised bed or it's a lot of digging.

New Lawnmower

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 11:54

You don't mention the size, type, condition of the lawns or grassed areas or the type of cut required.

Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 00:48

I've never had problems with seeds bought online, though the mainstream seed merchants are a tad pricey .

A retail shop floor might be the ideal environment for shoppers (at least during the day) but it's far from ideal storage conditions for seed. Warehouse stock will be kept at a cooler, more stable temperature.

Germination rates will be better for seeds with hermetically sealed foil inner wraps

(I worked in horticultural control systems)


anyone started growing their chili peppers yet?

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 00:24

I've sowed a few rows but they never do well here (well up north).

Great looking secateurs

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 00:17

Joe, useful when cutting thorny or prickly material to save handling. I'm not overly impressed with Felcos, I think they are widely recommended because home gardeners tend to be quite conservative and stick with what some old bloke said.

They are a bit small.

The catches catch, except when you want them to catch

There isn;t much insulation on the handles, being aluminium - an excellent thermal conductor they will draw heat from one's hands.

They don't have much capacity. 

They are overpriced

What is your favourite gardening book?

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 00:01

Life: The Science of Biology (Purves et al)

Chemistry The Central Science (Brown et al)

Teach Yourself Geology


That Seed to Seed one is listed in error.

What is your favourite gardening book?

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 23:58

As well as the usual biology, plant biology, chemistry texts, I like:

Seeds : ecology, biogeography, and evolution of dormancy and germination

Carol C. Baskin, Jerr

582.0333 Bas


The encyclopedia of seeds : science, technology and uses

edited by Michael Black, J. Derek Bew

Ref 631.521 Bla


Physiology of seeds : an introduction to the experimental study of seed and germination problems Crocker, William.

582.0333 Cro


Seeds : physiology of development and germination

J. Derek Bewley and Michael Black.

582.0333 Bew


The germination of seeds

A.M. Mayer and A. Poljakoff-Mayber.

581.333 May


Physiology and biochemistry of seeds in relation to germination

J. D. Bewley, M. Black. Bewley, J. Derek, 1943-

582.0333 Bew


Recent advances in the development and germination of seeds

edited by Raymond B. Taylorson. International Workshop on Seeds (3rd : 1989 : Williamsburg, Va.)

571.862 Int


Seeds : biology, development and ecology / edited by Steve W. Adkins, Sarah E. Ashmore, Sheldon

631.521 Adk


Seed to seed : seed saving techniques for the vegetable gardener

by Suzanne Ashworth ; photogr Ashworth, Suzanne. 635.0421 Ash

 Soil science

Hartemink, Alfred E. , 1964-  / edited by Alfred E. Hartemink, Alex B. McBratney and Robert E. White.


Soils : genesis and geomorphology

Schaetzl, Randall J., 1957-  / Randall J. Schaetzl and Sharon Anderson.

Advanced techniques in soil microbiology

Varma, A. (Ajit), 1939-  / Ajit Varma, Ralf Oelmüller (eds.).

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 23:48

Yeah, it has been too cold in the house (9 degreesC) to sit the last few days so I did some jobs around the garden. Everythings normally organised and ready to go from late autumn when I pack everything up so it's just been dealing with the outcome of the gales. Milled some lime (stone age style),ditto bonemeal, checked the hogs, composting, turned the leaf mould, harvested tomatoes, raked, earthed up the garlic, half filled pots ready for transplanting, cleaned bird feeders, restaked, repotted a damaged planter, cut back some monocots of some description, siphoned the water butts and fitted mesh filters, pruned the berries and trees, wirebrushed some metal stakes, checked the tools (roof blew off shed), jetted the lichen from the greenhouse exterior. Mixed up some sowing composts low and high nutrient. Sowed some seeds indoors when it was a bit warmer but waiting for 345 and 600 cell trays for the rest. Still too wet to mow the lawn, I should have scalped it last cut of last year as it is quite clumpy .

What sells well at charity plant sales?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 17:45

Thanks all, I don't really go to garden centres because they are so far out of town, so not sure what they sell. The plant sales are a couple of times a year. There's one in May for sure, one in September for national engineering week. I don't go to them but they can pick up a Eurotrolley on the Thursday or Friday. 

Botanic Gardens collect the seed from their plants and save them in the index seminum for inter-garden exchange and as a seed bank, so they're not keen on people collecting seed.

I've started some trays of architectural plants to start off with and some meconopsis. 

I'm more into edible plants (far less faff and work and I can eat them), my minor involvement with the BG is to learn about the ornamentals.

So edibles would sell? Perennial edibles?

What sells well at charity plant sales?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 13:23

I wanted to grow some plants to donate to charity plant sales for fundraising.

I've never bought a plant as I grow everything from seed, so not really up on what is donated to charity plant sales and what is popular.It's for a botanic garden so the customers are quite knowledgeable so one couldn't grow any old rubbish.

Any suggestions please?



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