Peat B


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seedling mixture

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 13:52

Canny , Man !

seedling mixture

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 10:19

Here we are again. I'm throwing in a few images of 'Wor Lotty', as we say up in Northumberland. As it is THE growing season, everything looks muy bueno, tres bon, and tickety boo.


The flowers are done by SWMBO, and I do the netting, post pounding, and most of the veg. The lotty is our spiritual re-charger, and we go up in pouring rain, to do jobs that we put off in good weather. Even in thick fog, we LOVE it up there.


I sowed some , I think, parsnip seeds yesterday. They appeared from somewhere, and so, not wanting to be cavalier with any seeds that throw themselves at my mercy, I dug ut a tray and a couple of wee potties, and gently laid them in. NOW, GROW !


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seedling mixture

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 08:38

Hi again, L'bird.  White as a Perlite, I'll remember it that way ! 


I have also tried the Vermicelli stuff, light and browny grey stuff, in conjunction with Perlywhite, and none of it makes any difference really. it's either a scam or I am just a bloody lousy gardener, with brown fingers ! I CAN rig up some good water catchers tho !

seedling mixture

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 00:10

Yo ! Ladybird.  I think I might have made a mistake. Vermiculite is the white stuff, isn't it ? It's the white that goes green for me.

seedling mixture

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 21:16

I s'pose I'd use about 4 bags altogether. Small fry .

seedling mixture

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 21:06

Thanks Ladybird, I'll try that. I have found that adding vermiculite 59/50 to any potting mix, tends to turn green very quickly. Any ideas ?

seedling mixture

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 17:01

I have been trying to get a seedling propagation mixture together, similar and as effective as the commercial growers use. Nigh on bloody impossible !


I went to the Alnwick Castle Gardens the other day and they recommended I try some supplier down in Lincolnshire for their mix. I found that this supplier only supplied  commercial amounts, and I would have required a car park to store their delivery sizes ! Another place in Carlisle was as useless.


I am simply after, some fine bark mixture, to blend with something like Innes No1, and hope to grow seeds and or seedlings that grow perkily under cover, until they are as I see in garden centers.............. simple enough ?


Has anyone out there got the secret that will take away my hit and miss attempts and sometimes nearly 80% casualty rate, despite every care being taken. ? ? ?

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 11:48

Ultimately, if thieves want to get in, they will, despite ANY precautions taken, Police don't give a flying pancake and if you care enough to get all the paraphernalia for securing a Fort Knox type property , then it will be a gamble.If you can afford to lose security investment, then go ahead. I believe it is just  'you pays your money and takes your choice. You could be just as secure by leaving the door open and hope that the thieves think there's nothing worth taking !

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 17:37

Further musings., One could I suppose, have a tape loop that played every 20 minutes, saying softly that 'Jesus is watching'.

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 11:16

Even if one does put up CCTV and all that paraphernalia, with e'en a memory card FILLED with proof, clear identification and all that, the police are as much use as a choccy tea pot. They don't want to know. Bloody useless !


I may be tempting fate here, but, I have been 'done ' three times by idiots and each time, they have proved to be as brainless as a lab rat. They smashed open my shed door, missed all the good stuff and trundled off with a small box of rusty tools, and left a scene of destruction which I cleaned up in 10 minutes. I now have two heavy padlocks on the double doors of our shed, another padlock on the lotty gate, extension bars with wire mesh on top of the gate, and an 'eye' in a place that someone might hide to watch. This 'eye, I printed out from the computer, and I have had NO intruders since. The 'eye' seems to bring on a feeling of 'unease' and they leave me alone now.

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