Malcolm Harrison

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Excessive cost of seeds

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 20:51

The increased costs from the leading seed companies as has been mentioned is due to ongoing plant breeding programmes to develop new varieties using genetic engineering methods. Selection of desireable traits in the progeny can take many years and when found they must then be trialled in the field and grown in large enough numbers to provide seed for the commercial market. You can see clearly why you have to pay more for it makes for a more interesting in-depth study of a plant species. For me this is a fascinating area to pursue.

Fruit and Veg Donations

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 16:55

Another outlet could be Church centres/shelters for the homeless providing cooked meals.

Seedling help needed

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 16:42
Wendy 11 wrote (see)

Oh lets hope someone can advise, as no idea when they should be potted

Wendy - you can prick them out singly into small (3 inch) pots of multipurpose compost as soon as the seedlings are large enough to handle. Always hold the young seedlings by their leaves never by their stems. Grow on the small pots until the roots are well established in a coldframe/minigreenhouse before either planting out in the open soil or in a larger container. Let me know how you get on. All the best.

Newbie joined today :)

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 16:25

Welcome to the 'family' with a true passion for growing plants. Please ask any question and I will do my best to give you the best advice I can.

dahlia tubers in ground through winter question.

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 17:25
Angela at 27 wrote (see)

Where can you buy sulphur powder Malcolm? 

Hi Angela - I bought it at a local garden centre. It comes in a plastic bottle with a nozzle that allows you to blow the yellow sulphur powder onto the surface of and into small spaces between the tubers and on all cut surfaces.  (It can also be used as a soil acidifier - useful for growing azeleas/rhododendrons on a neutral Ph soil).


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 16:59

I have a question - do you pinch out the growing tip of Dwarf Sweet Peas after two pairs of leaves have formed to promote bushiness or just leave the main stem to grow on?  Many thanks.


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 21:56

I germinate all my seeds in a Garland windowsill electric propagator and then prick out the young seedlings singly into small pots/module trays. They grow on inside on a south facing windowsill until large enough to be hardened off in my minigreenhouse outside.  They are then planted out by end of April - Mid May. 

Germination of Chilli and Tomato Seeds.

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 13:54
When potting them on its a good idea to
plant tomato seedlings quite deep into
the compost to take advantage of the
roots which form on each stem. These add
to the quicker establishment of a strong
root system. This is also the basis of the
Ring Culture method when planting out
strong tomato plants later into grow bags.

plug plants

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 13:24
I agree - pot them on and plant out when roots are
well established.

Fruit and Veg Donations

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 16:48

The fruit and veg that we have given to our local Superstore and Church are required to be in tins i.e. preserved. Grow your own would be fresh and perishable.

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Stratification of Seeds

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Viability of Collected Dahlia Seeds

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Storing Dahlia Tubers

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