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to pinch out or not

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 11:26

You can pot on and you can plant deeper. However, be careful how deep you plant sunflowers and some other plants. I've often had casualties because the base of the stem goes black and ultimately the plant dies. Planting deeper is not always the answer, providing the right growing conditions is...

..difficult I know.


Posted: 05/04/2013 at 11:16

Should fine, people have theirs in and have done for weeks, here on the northeast coast. The ground is very workable, started the first of two annual digs yesterday - perfect. 

Soil improvement

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 10:22

I'd agree with joslow - how deep are your pockets.

You can use multi-purpose but it doesn't have a strong structure, therefore likely to disappear over time.

  • Top soil ( plentiful supply in Gardencentres - can be BUlk bought)
  • Homemade compost
  • Horse manure
  • Mushroom compost
  • Leaf mould

 Top soil most commonly used for this can kind of thing.


to pinch out or not

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 10:02

Provide some support in the form of sticks for your sweetpeas and sunflowers, they sound ok.

Sweetspeas do benefit from a pinch but I've never pinched sunflowers, as most grow on one stem. Unless you have a bush variety, of course.

I am not aware of any "rule of thumb" with regards to pinching. I just learnt how to grow and treat my plants through practice, trial and error and lots and lots of reading - RHS encyclopedia was of some help, as was other reading material.

If your seeds are still in the seed leaf stage, 2-3 inches and are floppy. That is usually an indication that not enough light has been provided and their have put all the energy into searching. Often, this kind of syptom does not make for strong plants.


Charlotte potatoes

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 08:04

They will be fine

Where do you shop - for greenhouse benches etc

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:49

Here's a idea, not trying to be funny or cheeky - cool. checkout the link below and consider's 159cm, so each section is approx 50cms. Work out your best working height position and remove the little bit you don't need. Perserve sections and use these as legs, if u like. Order, some planks from a timber merchant which are the length of your greenhouse and lay these on top, secure with nails......and bob's you uncle, one side of your greenhouse with staging sorted. And for almost nothing. How's that for an idea !!

Repeat for other side.

And if you want a shelf effect. Order more lengths of timber and do underneath.

Hope it all made sense. lol


Small evergreen shrubs/ small plants

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:30

If you bought them from the outside garden section, they'll already be hardened off. One point to consider though - check label for size and spread. Do bear this in mind with regards to location.

Tall - usually placed at back/side.

small - usually placed nearer front.

Small evergreen shrubs/ small plants

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:25

I'd probably plant them out within a week of purchase, if I'm honest,

Where do you shop - for greenhouse benches etc

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:21

I often purchase seed and plants from this site and I've always been very happy with their service. However, I have no need to purchase their equipment.

Do checkout there range of staging - there is a few to choose from.


Posted: 04/04/2013 at 20:56

Think I'll see if there's owt at my branch. cheers

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