- mostly retired, live in Billericay , Essex
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2 days ago at 11:31
T5's are good.
I don't use artificial light for seedlings, but do use them (4 x 54w T5) for may planted tropical fish tank.
I think if it were me, I'd use the lights to extend the day, so keep them on the windowsill during the bright part of the day then pop them in the grow box late afternoon to extend the day. So long as they get about 6-8 hours of darkness a day I reckon your seedlings will grow well.
The T5's can be just 3-4" above the plants once they have their true leaves.
Do think ahead as well, your 24w T5's I'm guessing are 2ft tubes and soon you'll have lots of plants under them.
2 days ago at 10:29
For plants you'll need either a T5 fluorescent tube(s), High Intensity Discharge lighting (e.g. metal halide) or LED lighting - any of these will provide good quality light for your plants.
CFL (Compact Flourescent Lighting) is also ok but not as good as the above.
2 days ago at 09:00
Hi Jonesk What seeds are you sowing and what provides the light in your grow box?
I generally wait until March or April before sowing then there's about enough decent daylight to keep seedlings growing well. Lettuce can be sown now and left on a windowsill. More tender plants will need some extra care.
3 days ago at 18:29
Thanks fb - 5ft between them sounds good then
3 days ago at 18:28
Cheers Tbird - I'll double check the spacing tomorrow just in case. Ben Connan is supposed to not get quite as big as the typical b/c bush, and I'm still in a bit of a dilemma what to grow in the other raised beds so I could do a bit of moving around. I wanted to keep the soft fruits in one area as I'll probably need to put some sotr of cage over them next year - but it'll all come together... I hope
3 days ago at 17:20
ThanksTbird - I was thinking I may have to move a couple of the black/c bushes before they start growing. There's about 5ft between each of them
3 days ago at 16:02
Thanks Dove - The neighbours are already looking forward to my new veg and fruit plot :) as I'm sure are the pigeons!
I was thinking of putting the barrier about 15" in front of the canes, does that sound about right?
I've just read that I can expect up to 7lb of blackcurrants from each of my 4 Ben Connan bushes - I'll need a bigger freezer
3 days ago at 14:30
I agree - they'll wake up when they're ready, then you can take cuttings and start the tubers off.
3 days ago at 13:22
There have been several threads on this forum over the years asking the same question.
Generally the answer seems to be graph paper, pencil and eraser. Some of the 3D CGI's we see on gardening progs are very impressive but I'm sure the software has a very impressive price tag too.
If there is some good reasonably priced software out there, I'd be keen too.
3 days ago at 13:17
I've been digging these up for years - no idea what they are, maybe some sort of sedge, but it get's a brown feathery grass-like seed head. Not very interesting, so I just get rid. At first I thought maybe some sort of iris, but definitely not.
Be interesting to know what they are though
3 days ago at 12:57
Hi Dove thanks for your reply.
Here's a pic of most of them. There's only me, so I don't want vast amounts of raspbs and I'd like to plant something in front of them. The one's here are early and mis-season. I've got 4 blackcurrant bushes in the square bit at the end
3 days ago at 12:46
If you get really good at it you could come and give me a hand......
3 days ago at 12:02
I've planted 15 raspberries and read that the runners can be a problem. They're planted about 15" in front of a west facing fence.
I've ordered some 30cm high root barrier - how far in front of the plants should I put the barrier?
3 days ago at 11:58
I ordered one last week from Crocus - they were 20% off then
3 days ago at 08:45
Hi aym the prog caught my eye too and I thought I'd give it a go.
I got kefir from Amazon, mixed it with a litre of milk in a kilner jar at room temp and left it in the kitchen for 48 hrs. It had thickened-up and tasted like a weak slightly fizzy yoghurt and I liked the taste.
I had about 6oz every morning about an hour before breakfast.
It didn't agree with me very well, but I stuck at it.
I had a raw burning sensation in my guts - however I should stress I lost 75% of my pancreas when I had a severe case of acute idiopathic pancreatitis in 2005. The feeling reminded me a bit too much of that episode and after 4 weeks I gave up. I have to say I feel much better having stopped the kefir.
I also gave some to my neighbour who is keen on such things. She didn't like the taste or consistency.
It's easy to keep it going - drink as much as you like of the made kefir leaving about 3 tablespoons in the jar, top the jar up with up to a litre of milk at room temp (I just used about 1/4 pint) and 24hrs later it's ready again. Just repeat the above process to keep it going. It says after about 4-5 weeks you need to start again with a fresh sachet when the kefir becomes watery.
I've still got 2 sachets left - if you'd like to drop me a PM with your address I'll happily pop 1 in the post to you.
3 days ago at 08:32
It's a long battle.
The problem is that they just keep coming from spring to late summer, more tiny leaves keep appearing, and of course they come up in the middle of clumps of perennials etc.
I just keep hoeing the tops off or pulling leaves out from clumps of plants. With no leaves the plant can't survive.
I've tried roundup and Rosate36 on them with little success.
I am just completely mystified as to where they keep coming from - it's at least 5 yrs I've been battling with them, and I don't seem to be winning and they seem to keep spreading.
22 Feb 2017 16:57
I'll give the quicksilver a hard cut back tomorrow, trim off the dead bits off the acer and keep everything crossed.
Both your alternative suggestions would look good there, so I've made a note, but hope I don't need to refer to it :)
22 Feb 2017 16:29
Thanks H-C I suspected some sort of fungus.
I gave the whole area a 4" layer of rotted f/y manure in autumn, should I feed with something else too?
I've also noticed that my Elaeagnus Quicksilver (approx 10ft) that's next to it apart from the very top looks mostly dead. It also has split bark along the length of a main branch - is it likey the same fungus?
Last year from July to Dec we had almost no rain here, maybe that the drought has weakened the plants and allowed fungus to get hold
22 Feb 2017 14:54
:) you must have some very healthy birds in your garden raisingirl
Thanks for the tip
22 Feb 2017 13:55
I have a beautiful acer Katsura. Doing my rounds this morning I noticed blotches on some stems a bit like tomato blight.