mike w

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jersey plant direct

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 14:03

In the first instance I must state I have no vested interest in Jersey plants Direct.Over the past 4 years I have used them and had first class service together with plants of quality.This was after being severely let down by most of their competers.Only once have I had reason to complain which was dealt with politely and efficiently. Several garners I know echo my experience with Jersey I just hope they keep up this level of service.My fear is T & M will gain a monopoly of garden products then our pockets will suffer.


Mike W

the vernon geranium company

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 21:03

I found out via a wrong telephone number I was given!when dialing it T &M answered then asked how I had got the number. I was obviously the same switchboard the telephonist was coy about the relationship with Vernon but eventually admitted they had been bought out by T & M.

i would not use them again because of recent poor service and product.

mike w


When to take off the propagator lid?

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 19:02

Hi Mark 1963

Normally I remove the seedlings to a cooler temperature say 50 0F when 1/3 have germinated.

However with Begonia seeds I still do not have an answer because they are so small,previously I have had both success and failure with begonia seeds.This year my current approach is to remove them from 75 0F to 60 0F when they have germinated around 90%

Begonia Seedlings

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 13:12

Fidgetbones & cairnsie

i have planted both normal seeds and pellets and will use your combined help.

many thanks



Begonia Seedlings

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 19:09

Thank you fidgetbones your advise is good although my seeds are doubles it would be better if I could transplant separately,any further suggestions.




Tough shrub for shady, windy spot

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 18:38

As above Mahonia is the way to go. !!!

Begonia Seedlings

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 18:33

Has anyone any tips for transplanting fine begonia seedlings because of their being tiny.Also the type of compost for the tiny seedlings

Seed Companies

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 17:46

Hi punkdoc

I too have had isolated problems with Chilterns seeds this year say 5% of those purchased.In fairness to Chiltern they have immediatly replaced them without any quibble.


Mike W


greenhouse optimum min and max temperatures

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 17:41


You need to monitor the temperature in the propagator,I normally keep the lid off during the day.Also you need to watch the seed trays do not dry out.It is a matter of managing the process


Mike W


Scarifier / aerators / rake

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 17:47

Hi Gold1locks

I have also tried the hollow tines a waste of time and energy equal failure   with with   electric wire tang scarifier.I now have a petrol scarifier heaavy duty it works OK but does not pickup well.

I often wonder whether or not it would be easier to bring in an outside lawn specialist once a year for them to use their eqipment.


Mike W



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