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Posted: 05/05/2014 at 13:02

Cler, way too early as yet. If you want them outside then get a stout box cardboard will do put it against a wall and put your potted on plants in there away from cold wind and with some cover from rain, a bit of blanket over the lot at night or even news paper will do and plant out in June. Even then a few sticks around them with a wrap of bubble wrap round the sticks will help. It is rapidly falling temperatures and cold winds that kill outside tomato's.


Help! Seedlings Dying

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:53

Jon, that looks a perfectly viable set up to me and your seeds should set OK, Try using John Innes type seed compost, (that by the way is a recipe used by other makes of compost) new compost should be sterile, if not complain, I have and won.

At night if it is cooling fast use blanket or bubble wrap as extra cover and remove next morning when things warm up, those first weeks of effort will pay off in healthy plants.


Lifting Daffodils

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:14

Lulu, Have you got some large boxes or pots, if so put some soil in the pot then lift the Daffodils in clumps put them in the pots in clumps top up with soil water in and moved to where they are not in the way allow to die back in their own time about six weeks.

Once the leaves have gone lift the bulbs dry them and put them in a net bag, I hang them from the garage roof as field mice love them, put them back in the ground early October and enjoy.


Help! Seedlings Dying

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 11:59

Jon, Old compost for seeds is a no-no, seed compost needs to be sterile and old stuff will not be. I have used old compost though steamed it first or at least put it in a bucket and poured boiling water on it, a last minute fix not really recommended.

Seeds need a constant temperature very hard to control without a place to keep an eye on them it varies from 8C to 20 C depends on the seed though most veg will be the lower temperature, they will grow in outside seed beds although not until June in this area the Northeast Ne'er cast a clout till May is out is a truism up here.

Seeds will germinate in sand though my mix is one third sand one third grit and one third sterile compost then at two true leaves pot on to half compost half sand and grit mix, like babies they need to be weaned onto hard food, the old compost could be too rich.

If you have a South facing brick wall that will take in the heat and give it back at night then put your seed trays in a box next to the wall and cover with some rain proof material, you will need to open and close the lid according to temperature.

Without a greenhouse or an inside windowsill it is hard work and as with all gardening worth it in the end. Hope this helps.


Full or partial sun?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 22:24

Michael, five and a half hours in my book is full sun, light is the essential be it dappled or full. My Herbs recommended in books as full sun and dry soil well drained and not too rich thrive. The soil is dry and the sun is shaded by the house for half the day so are the books wrong no, I have learned over many years what I can grow where and it works, our own experience is what counts. There are plants that need full sun but if we had an overnight frost they do not want early morning sun, that is what kills the plant thawing too quickly. Gardening is the proverbial minefield what works is because your position is right in my case out of the bitter Northerly winds and a brick wall to take in heat and give it back. There will be lots of advice and most of it will be correct for that persons particular garden, we can only take the bits that appertain to our own environment.


Stump Removal

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 17:27

Without the help of a JCB you are in trouble. I had two about that size although they could be left so drilling pouring in root killer then covering was my way, they took five years but did rot down.

You can hire a stump chomper if money is not tight it will reduce the stump to shavings with a lot of effort needed. On the farm we had to use a winch and haulage rope to get stumps that size out of the ground, sorry I cannot give you an easy way, it is just jolly hard work.


Full or partial sun?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 17:14

Michael, A fully South Facing Garden would get full sun  from sun  up to sunset, in some seasons that would be almost desert conditions with the need for sun loving plants.

My Garden is South facing although the house on the East side blocks off the sun until around 09-30 then it gets the sun all day until the last rays at sun set.

On the South boundary is a 4 foot fence so that border is sheltered from the sun until around 15-00 hours so is partial sun. The front lawn is on the East side so gets the sun from sun up to around 11-00 hours, partial sun. The North side of the house has  a wall away from the house that gets the first sun, then is blocked until 15-30 hours until sun set so partial to full sun and my Herb bed is in that plot and thrives, Partial to full sun I call it and the ground is very dry, I need watch the watering.

Full sun is all day or nearly all day, Partial sun can vary from a few hours or depending on what will cast a shadow on that part of the garden. Shade is my South fence behind which the sun only reaches at the end of the day for a hour or so.

Hope this helps.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 19:06

Today was Tango day, work done sitting drinking tea in the conservatory Daughter looking among, my selection of LP's found a Tango record. Blue Tango, jealousy, La Paloma and more, Granddaughter four showed us how it should be done. Nearly an hour of fun and laughter, now that is what music means to me.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 11:00

Today is dull yet warm, I opened the conservatory to let some air through popped a disc on and sat looking up the garden. Suddenly the music was "If I Loved You" from Carousel and memories just flooded back.

On a course near London I got a long weekends leave every weekend, into London stopped with my relatives up Brixton Hill (posh then) and the Streatham Locarno just over the hill Friday and Saturday. An older woman (I thought in terms of my mother but she was probably late twenties old to me) asked me to dance and we danced most of the dances each night most weekends. "If I loved you" was top of the pops at the time and she went all sentimental on me as we danced, but so did the girls in the Nuffield Club at the Sunday Tea Dances, there was something about that tune.

Came the time to move on and I told her it was our last dance together unluckily for me just before they played that tune, she cried the whole dance, to an 18 year old rather embarrassing, I had to crowbar her off and she was on Waterloo Station looking for me on the Sunday night. Oh Dear that song, I got the train with whoops from the servicemen heading back to Barracks as she clung on to the last then Bentley and on to the single track Borden Bullet, badly misnamed and gone on the Monday.

Yet the music plays (I did replay it this morning) memories never fade and I wonder where are they now. I have a head full of tunes all with meaning, it is a wonder I remember anything else? Now what day is it today??


Music in the Garden

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 22:12

Listening without really hearing the radio today suddenly "Oh my beloved Father" came on, that made me sit up and notice. It is one of my all time favourite Aria's, I did not catch who was singing though it was quite beautiful. It has many memories for me plus I needed to wake up and get tea ready.


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