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Cheap seeds

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 22:25

thanks, there are some really good deals out there

Seeds are up

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 22:20

Hiya Sam, I've done something similar with the verbena seeds but in a different way if that makes sense. I chilled the seeds in the fridge for 2 weeks, sowed the seeds, lightly covered them in compost so they are in  the dark and they are now on the window sill indoors. Not grown them before so it's very much a case of wait and see, I think they may take a long time to geminate so will keep them for a while.

Bedding plants

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 21:31

I'm one of those of those early sowers but I would have to agree it's probably too early to start bedding plants. It really does depend on where you live and the weather condtions and it is only February so we can all be struck with cold, snow and hard frosts. I wouldn't bother with the cost of heating a greenhouse.

Having said that I've geminated lobelia indoors and are now in the cold frame as an experiment. They were free seeds so nothing lost if they fail

"My Reviews"

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 21:07

I've just checked, me too

Seeds are up

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 20:51

Hi all, I do find the larkspurs and delphs a bit tricky to grow from seed, not sure why but they seem to have their own clock and no matter what coaxing you do they seem to be on their own time scale. I've got some plants that I've overwintered ( a first for me) think I sowed them straight off the plant last summer. Last year  I abandoned some larkspur seeds,used the soil for something else and to my surprise, up popped 2 larkspurs.

I chilled my verbena seeds in the fridge for a couple of weeks and have sown them,but so far nothing, will leave them be and see what happens. Not grown them before and I have been put off previously about the whole chilling thing.

Good news Sam about the second greenhouse

 

Seeds are up

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 21:38

Thanks galest for the warning about the spikes, added bonus that they are good for the pollinators. I too struggle with weeds so I tend not to direct sow into the ground but I might chuck some in pots outside and see what happens

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 21:21

Good news cairnsie, I'm sure they will be ok. The great thing about these plants is that you can sow them from Autumn through to late Spring and you still get flowers

Chris Beardshaw to join Beechgrove Garden

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 20:58

Don't know Chris Beardsaw but I do watch Beechgrove and really enjoy it. 

If you have tv through a sky dish even without a subscription you can get all the local variations

slug pellets help

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 20:24

I always find the slug pellet debate an interesting one.There is no way I'm going out at night and picking them up, cutting them up or putting them in salt etc. I just do not have the time or inclination to do so.

It makes sense to me that if you use any chemicals/pesticides excessively and continuously, the chemicals will eventually build up in the food chain and produce negative effects for the different consumers within the food chain particulary with fertility. A decrease in populations of birds and hedghogs is due to a combination of factors.

I use them around 3-4 times a year around certain plants that have been truly decimated by them. In these instances it just gives the plant a chance to photosynthesize and survive. I grow the vast majority of plants from seeds and cuttings, when I plant out I always expect and accept that some(a lot) will be eaten. Pellets are a last but effective last resort for me.

I am still a wildlife gardener.

I have thought about using Nematodes but not sure about this I don't use any other pesticides and for me I don't like the idea of putting stuff into the soil. I don't know  much about them but I believe they contain neo-nicotinoids which aren't good for the bees.

Long post I know, but we all have different ways

 

 

 

 

 

slug pellets help

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 22:43

Not sure that this discussion is a logical one but I'm happy to be proved wrong.

How is the use of slug pellets denying hedgehogs or thrushes food? My garden is grown always with wildlife in mind.

 

 

 

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