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Low Germination Rates

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 15:31

Thank you to all for your replies and input, my seeds are a mixture I have to admit.

Some are my own seeds from last years crop and some are seeds that I bought year before last.

I've always used a mixture of the two though and I've always waited until mid / late May before placing the seeds directly into the ground. Never had a problem in past years doing this.

Reading through some of the posts here and thinking about the weather, I think May was cooler than average and very much up and down. Some warm days but cold nights too but not so cold to get a frost. So perhaps this is my problem this year and i'll have to accept that I won't get much in the way of French and Runner Beans this year.

The loss of a good crop this year now means that I'm going to have to buy fresh seeds for next year, not such a bad idea though to do this every few years.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 23:47

I have the greatest admiration for the cat as a species in all its forms but nothing makes my blood boil more than seeing a domestic cat entering my garden for the birds or a dump.

Get a Border Terrier, a small dog bred as a fox and vermin hunter, Even Tempered, Alert, Obedient, Fearless, Intelligent and Affectionate. Very economical to run and look after, no health or hereditary medical problems. Lives 12 to 15yrs

Likes nothing better than chasing and catching vermin and always wins!

Although scientists and conservationists are fighting to save our Scottish Wild Cat and restore the animals genetic DNA there doomed to fail, all because of the Domestic Cat.

What my neighbour did!

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 23:02

I think Privet Hedge is a hungry plant and a thirsty one too.  I've found that soil under a Privet Hedge to be very dry even after rain.

I find that a seriously good watering for a good few hours before a liquid feed every couple of weeks works a treat even if its been raining.

The more often a Privet Hedge is cut back the faster it fights back too. A light trimming fortnightly even if you think it doesn't need trimming is better than cutting it 2 or 3 times a season and you don't get overwhelmed by the volume of clippings to get rid of or compost.

In any holes and low down nip off the growing tips between your thumb and finger, this encourages vigorous new growth / bushing out. A long boring laborious job though but those holes quickly fill up and your hedge soon looks good all the way down to the ground.

Low Germination Rates

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 22:34

Is anybody else suffering low germination rates of seeds this year especially beans?

French and Runner Bean seeds this year especially bad.

I have always waited and planted my bean seeds straight into the ground and I get a near 100% success rate.

This year only 10 to 20% of both my French & Runner beans have germinated. I planted what I have left in pots in the green house and I've suffered the same loss.

Other seeds sown into the ground, Parsnips, Carrots and Chard not doing very well either this year, low germination rate and not moving on very well.

And yet the Radish are the best ever, the Onions are doing well, in fact everything else is doing very well, oh except the Croquettes, still looking a little yellow but quite normal for now.

Oh the Sweet Corn seeds are an almost total disaster, 30 seeds and I only have 2 plants!  All the seeds were full of worms even though they were supposed to be coated with a special coating to give 100% success!

The Broad Beans have all germinated but the plants are half there normal size but laden heavily with flowers.

attaracting birds to my garden

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 22:06

Interesting that nobody has asked Josh where the garden is!

Town, City, Coastal, Moors. How far south, north, east or west.

Is the garden already sheltered or exposed, wet or dry.

How big is it?

What wildlife, birds, mammals and butterflies are nearby already.  

Moving an Old Berberis Darwinii

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 14:42

Decided that its died, aw well I tried, never mind.

Going to buy a new one now and get it in asap.

Orange Flowered Climbers

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 12:23

From the roadside and to someone passing by it looks seriously impressive indeed. I realised it was plastic as soon as I was stood by the side of it at the front door, bear in mind I assumed it was the real thing and I was very disappointed. I didn't bother to knock on the door and left.

Knowing it was plastic from the roadside it looked false and far too good to be true.

I didn't hang around, I didn't look at it in any detail but I assume that it was mounted on the wall in several repeated sections, each section not joined onto but touching the next which gave the impression from a distance of one larger continuous  plant.

Stood by the side of it, it was clearly plastic and you can get some seriously good plastic plants today now even close up you have look real close to tell.

Orange Flowered Climbers

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 12:02

Thank you everybody for your replies, been back for another look.

It looked just as impressive as it was a few weeks back, this time I went over to visit friends in my own vehicle and stopped to have a good look.

Decided to walk up the garden path and have a look / knock on the owners door when I quickly realised the plant was Plastic!!!!!!!!!! 

It is a "Black Eyed Susan Vine" but a plastic one!


Sorry to have troubled everybody.

Orange Flowered Climbers

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:21
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

could it be lonicera brownii dropmore scarlet? Wee bit early to flower, but after a mild winter??????

Thank you for the reply and suggestion but no, flowers far too small. The flowers were fairly large in size with a clear black centre to them

Moving an Old Berberis Darwinii

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:03

For all those interested, this berberis at the mo looks very very very dead at the moment, no new growth at all and all leaves have dried right back.

But not giving up yet, i'll wait until mid summer 2015 before I dig it up and plant a replacement.

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