Green Magpie


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Mouldy compost

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 17:46

I cover mine but only until the seeds are through. I save up those disposable plastic shower caps you get in hotels etc, which will usually cover a seed tray or a large pot.

Best seed compost?

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 17:40

Which? also recommended the Verve multi-purpose compost as being just as good as a seed compost, and much cheaper. I have used it for my tomato and some flower seeds, with good results so far.

Potting on help with so many seedlings!

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 17:37

You can also use thoseclearplastic punnets that the supermarkets use to pack grapes, strawberries, etc, as temporary homes for plants. They won't last long, but they won't need to.

If you really have more plants than you can ever use, you can probably find a home for them elsewhere; give them to other gardeners, or swop for something you want. There may be a local group offering gardening to the disabled, or some sort of community gardening project, or Spring Fairs, coffee mornings etc in your local church hall; any of these may welcome donations of spare plants.

Just make sure you keep plenty of good specimens, and a few spares in case of failure.

Growing tomatoes from seed

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 20:32

I have been known to take my baby plants on holiday with me, e.g a tray of tomato seedlings in little pots. This is feasible if you are, say, staying in self-catering accomodation in the UK,  or even a camper van, but not likely to go down well at the airport when you check in for your Ryanair flight to Malaga. 

Rats!!

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 22:34

Hmm....  how can you be sure, Laurasquirrel, that your rats didn't move on to Daisy's garden?

Rats!!

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 20:33

The poison put down by the pest controllers should soon do its work. It's not pleasant having to kill things, but sometimes it's the best option.

It's not necessarily down to anything you've done. Rats will eat anything, including each other,and a garden is full of both animal and vegetable matter they will feed on. 

Hedge veg

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 22:30

I live in a village on a quiet lane, but can get rid of quite a bit of surplus produce by putting it out at the gate. If it's something like tomatoes or gooseberries, I put out an honesty box and charge a modest amount; with windfall apples or overgrown courgettes, I just put a notice saying "Help Yourself."

Or sometimes I just donate produce to the village shop to use in their veg boxes. 

Need help keeping them fresh

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 22:24

In my student days, before I had a fridge, I used to keep lettuce fresh by cutting the base off the stem and putting the whole lettuce in a saucepan with a little cold water in the bottom, and the lid on.

Climbers to cover dead lylandii

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 22:18

Ivy will grow quickly and cover unsightly tree remains, without any special conditions or much encouragement. 

Wot, no basil!

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 22:11

I buy potted basil from the supermarket and pot it on into a larger pot with extra compost, teasing out the plants a bit and removing any straggly bits. It thrives and lasts for weeks or even months. Then in spring (any day now I will start) I grow a pot of Greek basil from seed, which lasts most of  the season. I've never had much success with it outdoors.

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