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Latest posts by obelixx

fig tree

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 11:52

The RHS gives this advcie for figs -

Talkback: How to sow tomato seeds in coir pellets

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 09:38

I have sown individual seeds of 2 kinds of tomatoes and some kashmiri chillies in these pellets this year and so far I have 100% germination of the tomatoes and 50% of the chillies.  I didn't cover these seeds with vermiculite and I put the little trays on a radiator cover for gentle bottom heat.

Now wev'e had all this snow and Siberian winds they're having to stay on window sills and be turned every day as my unheated greenhouse is positively arctic but things should warm up int ime for them to be potted on and put in there.

Has spring arrived for you yet?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 18:07

It hasn't.  Snow forecast for Tuesday after 2 days of heavy rain.  Joy.

Seeds are up

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 15:29

I have more chillies and tomatoes showing through and lupins, hollyhocks purple sprouting, summer savaoury, Christmas basil and sweet peas but no nemesias, echinacea alba or cream aconitums yet.

Do they usually take a long time?   Do they need bottom heat?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 11:06

More snow and jolly cold.  Fed up.

Restore and revive

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 11:02

If you go Mediterranean, don't forget lavenders for perfume.  You can get similar coloured flowers from nepeta and forms of salvia if the soil doesn't suit lavenders.

Is it still ok to feed dried fruit to birds bearing in mind the young

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 17:42

The whole peanuts risk geting stuck in baby birds' throats and choking them so I expect big chunks of dried fruit would be as bad.  Have you tried soaking it a bit before chopping in the processor?

I find the parents come and fill their tums at our fat ball, peanut and loose seed feeders and that gives them the energy to hoover all the aphids and caterpillars off my roses, clems and veggies for their babies.   Works well for me as I don't use pesticides and then don't have to go round squishing or picking myself.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:26

Snowing here in central Belgium and set to go to -16C.   Even the plants I have stashed in the garage don't like that.   Staying nasty but not so cold until the end of the 7 day forecast.   

Grumpy Obxx.

Good job I have indoor jobs to get on with.

Front garden very uninteresting

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 16:25

Diablo can get big.  Mine has but I don't mind as it's on the border between me and an arable field.

I would suggest samucus Black lace as an alternative with deep, dark foliage and good flower heads and which responds well to pruning back when it gets too big. 

The colourful stemmed cornus would also be good as they get pruned each spring to grow new stems for the fresh winter colour.  Alba Sibirica has the reddest stems.   Elegans has variegated foliage and burgundy stems.  Midwinter Fire has flame effect stems but can sucker when happy and end up invading a bed.



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