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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 10:22

Stockton has Sunshine after a nights rain and high wind, every thing smells fresh and it is warm. Another surprise as i walked around a corner of the garden the Forsythia in full and plentiful bloom, a glorious sight. It does get TLC each year after flowering, I cut it right back as next years blooms are on this years growth. It has been there for thirty odd years and I ain't killed it yet.


Am I too late ??

Posted: 02/04/2017 at 10:13

Stephanie, Jacks Magic is a Westland product and contains Peat, wood fibre and sometimes sea weed, wood fibre I would not use, sea weed if you wash all the salt out also loses what little nutrient it holds, salt was used as a weed killer when I was a lad. Do not mention the peat to any greens around you will find you become a Whicker Woman. Leaf mould is perfect for potting on more mature plants, Vermiculite is the choice of many gardeners although after using it for several years then discarding the potting soil I discovered some of the beds I mulched were white with the stuff which is why I use grit, "oh" and your pots do not blow over in a wind.

You did the right thing sowing later, here in NE England we are starting to sow now, you are East Coast North Sea as we are and the climate about the same, I knew the area well travelling that way a lot and often finding it warmer than at home. You will probably find your seeds take grow and mature into fine plants, we sowed nearly all our seed in ordinary well riddled Garden Loam when I was younger, though it did get an extra treatment. When I lit the Pig Food Boiler I would stand the sieved Loam in a bucket with a lid on on top as the potato's cooked, the heat killed off any bad lads in there and was perfect sowing medium. We also prepared seed beds and sowed seed, all the old ways worked then we found Peat which we used for years, the big plant growers still do use it.

Use the Compost you like best, sieve out any of the extraneous  bits you find in it. plastic, bits of branch, dead mice and mix it with washed sand and grit, use the leaf mould later as seeds do not need the extra food at that point. Even at my good age I experiment all gardeners do, we find what works for us and that does not mean it will suit everyone. Good luck. 

BLT I spent my life telling my Daughters to read the instructions, do the listen??? well they are my Daughters. All on the way back from a Spa weekend, the place is probably wrecked and the Staff in trauma. Instructions I do read although using them as a guide, they are general and have to be modified for where ever you live.


Am I too late ??

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 14:46

Cler, John Inness seed compost is exactly that for seeds. It contains washed sand, heavy, grit for drainage heavy and loam in small quantity for some nutrient. Seedlings are not meant to sit in it for long. Like a Baby you increase the feed as the seedling grows hence the art of pricking out into a number two compost, part compost part sand part grit, then pot on into a richer mix. I cut out the middle man and mix my own.

Not all seeds need that treatment, some you can scatter on an outside seed bed when it is warmer, they wil mostly germinate and grow on. My way with Sweet Peas, start some inside in pots and when they are planted out as thriving plants I push more seeds into the ground under the supports to come later. Other seeds need a lot of bottom heat some just a little, it does pay to read the packet. Hope this helps.


Am I too late ??

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 10:54

Here in the NE of England we are starting the seeds now, it is too cold to start any earlier and all you get are weak straggly seedlings, saying that we are often still harvesting when others down the country are finished. We older gardeners were used to sowing seed in peat, that was taken away from us so we had to find another medium. Seeds do not need rich planting soil and J.I.seed medium is a mix of loam washed sand and grit, I have germinated seed successfully in sand. Now I mix my own seed compost, riddle the compost any type, then mix with washed sand and grit a mix of One Third Compost, One Third Washed Sand and One Third Grit works well for me, always water trays from the bottom and never over water, in the green house they get a big cloche put over the tray and some bottom heat. The bottom heat is essential I have a thermostatic sand bed, most seeds will start at 15c though some need up to 22c, as soon as they show  I lift them up on shelves above the sand bed. Seeds need Light Warmth and water but never over water, damp is the way to go. Once there are two proper leaves prick out into a mix of Half Loam and half sand and grit mixed, they need more nutrient though not too much at first. My last move is either into the ground or a further pot on into two thirds Loam and one third sand and grit, over many years this has proved to work for me with very little loss, you will always get some loss. Lack of germination was usually down to the incorrect bottom heat the seeds need, too hot is as bad as too cold and they all differ in that need.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 10:20

When April showers should come your way they bring the flowers that bloom in May, and when its raining have no regrets because it isn't raining rain you know, it's raining Violets.

They should write a song about it. last Nights weather forecast showed a  dry UK with a dark blue rain cloud right over Tees Mouth from Saltburn to Hartlepool Headlands and inland towards Darlington, I feared the worst. In true April Fool style the sun is shining into the room as I write.

Quiet day today all the Girls in the family are luxuriating in a Spa Hotel for the weekend, Janet one of my Daughters birthday tomorrow, I got a picture last night she was carrying a notice "Where is the Cake" typical of my lot, the men are in charge expect chaos.


Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 10:07

Oops, that should read, "what kind of FARM did they grow up on" yes they are cleaner safer than in our day but Disney land? Adam's Farm and most they visit look very real to me and what I grew up with.


Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 09:58

If Only? BBC could come up with a programme that every one liked, enjoyed, learned from they would never need make anything different. I made my tea whilst the spud planting and plant dividing was going on, something learned as a lad at Dad's side and can do in my sleep. Loved Barbados, could never grow those plants but nice to see. Nice to see Chis again although I remember the time he was looked at as a crank, why would we bother to save wild life it is a nuisance, kill it and we gardeners and farmers of the time nearly did. Those early programmes led us to the modern days of conservation at a time DDT was king.

I did hear Monty say something that made me sit up and take notice, we always put three potato's in a bag, canny NE lads, get more for your money! but he then said when the top grows out of the bag earth up???? No way, potato's grow on the Haum (the stem) so you earth up as the greenery grows, by the time it had got to the top of the bag the soil would be nearly up there with it, not quite but nearly. That was what I did learn as a lad and it worked each time I did it with lovely potato's, out of the garden washed into the pot fifteen minutes and a good buttering you need nothing else on your plate.

As I said last week to some of us it, as with most of the BBC effort is "eye candy" though admit to having learned the odd thing usually from Carol. The earth layering was not new it was how we propagated most hardwood plants at one time, now people throw them away and buy new. The audience figures are still up there so it must suit a lot of watchers, as to pleasing all the people last week someone said one of my favourite programmes, Countryfile was Disney land on a farm and nothing like the real thing?? I wonder what kind of fame they grew up on.


Privacy & border

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 11:43

From experience I found tall fast growing plants keep on growing, you need to be on top of the pruning or they escape, slow growing tall plants are exactly what it says on the tin slow growing and can take a long time to do what you wish which is privacy, Is anything stopping you from putting in your own posts and then adding trellis or even a free standing trellis with climbers of different kinds on it. 

Most Garden shops do make trellis arches some make the side supports and trellis backs standing your pots with Roses Clematis or even espalier fruit trees in between the side supports and fastening them in seems to me the quickest and also the least invasive way. We all think we can do what we wish in our own spaces and as a rule can, anything else takes litigation where only the Lawyers win. You could quietly ask if you could add trellis to their fence saying you will maintain it. My Neighbours have become friends that is the best way so have you approached them at all.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 11:23

Life is full of little surprises, When I got up this morning it was raining, two hours later the sun was shining so I had a little wander, wow, a huge clump of Sandra's Tulips were in full bloom, my Daughter brought them from Holland when she was in the WRAF that must be all of eighteen years ago. I kept them grouped together lifting and spreading them over the years and now I have bulb field of yellow doubles, I am sure they were not there yesterday. At the top of the garden the Rhododendron is in full bloom the best I have ever seen it, the winter has been mild and wet it suits them.

So Stockton is having a mix, the sun has gone in again and a big black cloud is hovering, well Mr Cloud I have three Umbrellas so boo to you. I will go make a cup of tea.


Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 09:27

Joyce - Thanks for the heads up but i have looked at the TV schedule and cannot find any reference to Beechgrove, how do you all manage to get it apart from  me. I feel miffed.


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