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Posted: Yesterday at 10:49

Lesley, am I the only one who knows nothing of the "magic eraser" ?


Posted: Yesterday at 10:47

morning all. bright and breezy here too.

Clari, I built myself a heated prop bench in one of my polytunnels, the cannas are snuggled up in there.

I've sown the in those trays bedding plants come in. The size of half seed tray with 12 modules in each.

Dove glad you had a good sleep. What a difference it makes eh?


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 19:25

Glyphosate ( roundup ) works a treat on nettles but I'd leave them to grow a bit more leaf before using it to maximise leaf area. The tips show signs virtually overnight and the soon die to the root tips.


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 19:02

Bekkie, they're canna warscewiczii and they grow to about 60cm tall. I almost ordered some online a few weeks ago but , including postage, they worked out at almost £1 per seed.

On holiday in The Gambia earlier this month they were growing in a hotel garden and I asked if I could have some. The boss said " come back tomorrow and I'll have someone pick them for you" Next day he gave me a bag full of approx 500 seeds.

I poured some boiling water over them to sterilise them and brought them home with me.

white bits in very very well rotted horse manure

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 18:58

We have neighbours who keep their sheep "in" for lambing and they promised me the manure left behind until the farmer from whom the rent the space took the lot and sold it. 

I can not begin to tell you how angry they were.


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 18:45

am I being a bit greedy? I've sown 60 seeds. I can always give some away.

white bits in very very well rotted horse manure

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 18:28

I have a severe case of "manure envy"

composting hay

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 18:25

I agree about not giving it away.

in the words of Alan Titchmarsh " 2 things in the garden which can never be too big: the greenhouse and the compost bins"

Ask your gentlemen friends to .... ermm... recycle their beer and add it to the straw if it's a bit on the dry side.

john innes seed compost

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 18:22

funny how things turn around. 

I'm old enough to remember the scare stories about NOT buying JI compost as it was depleting the loam beds in Surrey and we should all switch to peat based composts.


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 18:20

much excitement here as the first two cannas have germinated after only 6 days.

Well worth the effort with pliers and nail clippers and overnight soaking.

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