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Latest posts by Madeleine51

HEATED PROPOGATOR

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 22:37

Mine has no temperature control facility.  You seem to either use it unplugged or turned on. 

Yes I still am unable to find instructions and gardening books only seem to touch the surface of the subject when talking about propagating.

More questions - sorry

1)  matting - do I need to re-wet it if it dries out?

2)  Should I wipe off any build up of moisture hanging from the lid?  

3)  When do I open the vents?  Is it when seed packet instructions say "remove lid"? 

Also how long do I keep seedlings in there after they have germinated.  I only have an unheated greenhouse (I am thinking of putting the plastic covers on the cheap  shelf units I have in there to provided some snugness instead of bubble wrapping the whole inside)   I should imagine that when any seeds have germinated, to whip the lids off and expose them to cold unheated greenhouse/conservatory air would kill them at this time of year.

Sorry about this

HEATED PROPOGATOR

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:24

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http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/37191.jpg?width=274&height=350&mode=max

 It's a Sankey one. I have looked underneath and found an information website but it "cannot be found". I did wonder if perhaps the fabric is just for packaging.

HEATED PROPOGATOR

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 22:28

 I have recently inherited a heated propogator which has no instructions on how to use. It has a square of fabric(capillary matting?) included and I was wondering if this needs to be wetted before placing cuttings, seed trays etc inside or do they go direct onto the prop bottom?

Thanks.

Homemade Cloches

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 21:55

I have just answered another writer's problem on holding cloches down and I suddenly thought, at this time of year maybe  others might be interested to know how I make my own cloches/polytunnels.

I cut 4 old hosepipe into lengths each about a metre long and put short lengths of bamboo cane into each end and push them into the ground a couple of feet apart to make "hoops". Then I drape the fleece or clear plastic over the hoops and hold the edges of the material down with bricks or scrumple them up and peg it into place.

It's cheap and it works for me.

fixing fleece / closches

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 21:47

Homemade cloches.

I cut 4 lengths of hosepipe each about a metre long and put short lengths of bamboo cane into each end and push them into the ground a couple of feet apart to make "hoops". Then I drape the fleece or clear plastic over the hoops and hold the edges down with bricks or scrumple them up and peg into place. Works for me.

Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 21:19

Thanks everyone!

What are people sowing right now?

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 23:56

Yes very exciting.

I shall also be looking for bulbs to plant to give a show in spring/summer for a tired looking bed I cleared last autumn. I put in some daffs, tulips and anenomes then and new leaves are sprouing nicely.  I should have put bigger numbers in I think for better displays.  

Tomorrow ( Tuesdays)  our garden centre has 10% off for over 60's so I usually take a list of bits then.  Great stuff

What are people sowing right now?

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 23:28

Well eventually (i.e. next month) I will start sowing my broccoli, lettuces and probably tomatoes As you said, Chicky, I will be sowing same flowers as you. I have to say I have never grown dahlias from seed before - only corms - so I might try them. Also, I was thinking of trying onions from seed instead of the sets.

Tomorrow, as it is going to be wet again (It was lovely here today.) I shall take a spend a couple of hours perusing the seed section my local garden centres for fresh ideas. Hence the reason for my question.

What are people sowing right now?

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 23:01

Hiya

I am curious to know what people are sowing in their unheated greenhouses at this time. I have a heated propagator which I have dragged out of hibernation and have it ready to fire up in the conservatory ( also unheated)  and was wondering what's occurring in other greenhouses across the land. Is it too soon to start sowing tomatoes (some packets say sow from January, but that seems a bit early to me)

I live in Berkshire

 

 

Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:41

Re blood fish and bone, do you only use this at planting time for veges or do you add it later as things grow as well? 

 

Discussions started by Madeleine51

Harvesting Butternut Squash

Harvesting B Squash query originally posted on Talkback forum in error 
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Butternut Sqash

Too early to harvest Butternut Sqash? 
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Brassicas - to fertilise or not?

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Last Post: 14/06/2014 at 13:32

Companion planting

Ideas needed for companion planting for fruit and veg 
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Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 23:43

Bamboo canes

Extending the life of bamboo canes 
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Last Post: 06/04/2014 at 19:44

HEATED PROPOGATOR

I have recently inherited a heated propogator which has no instructions.  
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Last Post: 07/03/2014 at 08:18

Homemade Cloches

How I make my own mini polytunnels 
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Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 15:08

What are people sowing right now?

Seed sowing in greenhouses in early Feb 
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Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 20:53

Compost for sowing seeds

Does anyone out there make their own compost for sowing seeds 
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Last Post: 30/04/2014 at 07:30

Outdoor Cucumbers

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Last Post: 07/02/2014 at 21:19

To Manure or not to Manure

Runner Bean patch 
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Last Post: 18/10/2013 at 21:55

harvesting-butternut-squash

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Last Post: 12/08/2013 at 23:13

BROCOLLI/CALABRESE

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Last Post: 09/07/2013 at 16:41

Lupins

To cut back for more flowers this year, or not? 
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Last Post: 05/07/2013 at 22:52

Autumn planted onion sets

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