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Germination times

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 11:37

Hi germination is dependant mainly on warmth. Old seed always seems to take longer too. Parsnips do take a while to germinate and you must keep the soil around them moist. Pak choi does germinate quickly. Courgettes & chillis I guess you have these inside.

I start sweetcorn in individual modules next week. French beans i start in a damp cloth also next week then plant those which throw out roots into individual pots. Neither sweetcorn or french beans can stand the cold.


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 14:27

Plant basil & parsley in greenhouse, keeps pests away

Getting myself abit confused about which route to take

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 17:34

i start all my chillies and tomatoes and home at the end of Feb. I move them to my allotment towards to end of march & i use a propane gas heater at night as even in early April a 3C frost will do damage.

You could get some huge thick polythene sheets and create an area in your polytunnel which you could heat at night with a gas heater.

Broad Beans

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 19:48

With broad beans, climbing beans & runner beans I start them in a piece of damp kitchen roll (tissue) on the kitchen shelf. I never let the tissue dry out. Within a week the beans will show roots. I let the roots get to about half an inch long then pot those that have rooted into root trainers and put in the greenhouse. By only potting up those that have rooted I get 100% success rate from the root trainers.



Posted: 25/01/2015 at 11:11

In the midlands, i was told years ago, to plant early potatoes the 1st weekend after 21st March. 

As a result of this I buy my seed potatoes in mid january and start chitting them in a unheated room of the house.

Early Tomato Blight

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 12:02

Thank you for your helpful comments, I have turned the ground over before applying the Jeyes fluid.


Early Tomato Blight

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 18:18

That's helpful Pete thank you

Early Tomato Blight

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 10:31

Happy New Year to all.

Last year I had early tomato blight in my polytunnel. I know blight travels on the wind and I put this down to diseased potato stems being left on to site.

During the winter months I have sprayed all the inside of the tunnel with disinfectant and intend to water Jeyes fluid on the the soil . My tomatoes are grown in pots which a bury in the ground.

Is there any further precautions I can take?

Comfrey Feed

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 07:15

Thank You all, I can seal the dustbin I currently keep it in.

Comfrey Feed

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 17:22

i have been using comfrey feed through the summer. There is half a tub left and I have another mix nearly ready in about a week.

Does any know it this feed will keep until next year?

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