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Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 12:17

I'm with you all the way tootles - we need a bit of encouragement at this time of year, and some of your stuff is bound to grow on - what is it they say? "better to travel hopefully..."

the only difference for me is that my seed trays are not heated....still makes your heart glow to see new life appearing...

Seed Sowing Time Yet?

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 12:12

I have lots of things planted now - all on my front room windowsill, using my "super 7" seed trays. Some are hardy perennials.  Dahlias are already up and should be ready to prick out in a couple of weeks time. I worry more about the tomatoes which can get very leggy if sown too early.  Because I am away a lot I have to time things very carefully, and need to know that there will be space - somewhere - for the transplanted seedlings as they grow.

Spring Bulbs not flowering

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 12:05

The bulk of spring flowers will come into their own in March.  My snowdrops are really nice now, and the first wild crocus open in the sunshine - no idea what they are - they selfseeded into the grass and they seem to flower for just one day, and then after  a few days they vanish.  The main clump from which they originated are not yet in flower.


Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 10:56

Looks just like my super seven, except mine is not heated.  I have had great success with it and not had to worry about trailing wires or the cost of electricity.  My heated one (that I had before) brought the seeds on too quickly and then some seeds were up and others weren't and you had to choose to heat all of them or none.

I hope you are more successful than I was.

What flowers in February?

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 10:51 have some wonderful ideas there.

The French always decorate graves with pansies- the french word for pansy is "pensee" which means "thoughts".  I always take a tiny posy of pansies to place on the coffin at a funeral, and plant pansies in my garden to remember specific people.  They are not reliably perennial so if you want to keep them going you need to save a few seeds each year.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 10:41

how restrained you are Obelixx - even though I know the problems it is going to cause I got out my super seven seedtrays and set them up on the front room window sill.  This has to have been my best buy ever - one long base tray, a raised platform covered in a loose sheet of capillary matting and seven quarter sized seed trays with domed lids.  Then couldn't resist filling with compost and setting seeds...must contact my friend who runs a seedling B & B for me when I'm away to make sure she will be able to cope with all the stuff that will need looking after in March if everything grows!

only leaves

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 10:33

double click turn it round.  I love that idea - looks really good - perhaps I need to persuade friends to give me boxes of wine like that.....a few hints now for my birthday coming up....

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 10:31

We also have a single fieldfare (there were two, but only one now?) who is working his way through the last pile of fallen apples.  The blackbirds keep trying to get to them, but he is very aggressive and runs at them with wings outstretched and tail fanned out.  I've brought a few apples nearer the house for the more persevering blackbirds.

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 10:26

thanks Jess, very helpful.

I also have varieties of vipers bugloss - bugle - ajuga  reptans   and that spreads everywhere (varoeties include green leaves, maroon leaves, variegated white/green/pink leaves - a ground hugging plant with little spires of deep blue flowers, and creeping jenny - rounded leaves on trailing stems - quickly covers the ground somebody out there will give it it's proper name, I'm sure.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:49

diggingdoris - you can get a pack of bird silhouettes from the GC to stick on the glass. It works for me on patio doors.

I have blackbirds, seemingly by the flock, chasing each other all over the grass.  Is it mating time already?  They are also enjoying the tail end of the apples from the tree, saving me another messy job.

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