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Latest posts by Rosie31

Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 09:24

I'd agree with David that beating nature is hard to do but I also know just how itchy I get in January to see things growing!  In practice, the early-sown seeds of most plants don't really get you ahead of the game - the later sowings nearly always catch up and (to be honest) are often healthier..... BUT it is just so nice to see something green happening as early as possible!   So, as long as you don't expect miracles from your propagator I'd say go ahead and have fun with it.   And there are definitely a few seeds that do benefit from early sowings. 

But you do need to think about where you put the baby seedlings once they've germinated - they won't need heat any more but they mustn't be cold, and they'll need lots and lots of light.   Have you got anywhere that might work?

Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 08:20

They are great but you do need to make sure the windowsill gets enough light or your baby seedlings can really suffer.... that was the mistake I made!  Or make sure you have somewhere very light to move them to when they've germinated.


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 13:14

I've just splashed out on a pair of really good wellies so I looked at lots of brands.  Apparently Hunters used to be good quality but are now made to a different specification and have gone seriously downhill.  I needed a pair of wellies that I could go long walks in (with dog) so my priority was comfort, grip and being long-lasting.  I ended up with Aigle Parcours and they are completely fabulous - more comfy than slippers, and as good as my hiking boots over mud and rocks.  Ten mile walk no problem, and nice and warm too.  But you do pay for them - mine were just over £100.

For gardening I mainly wear my hiking boots, but that's cos our garden is on a 1:3 slope and made of rocks!


Movie quotes

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 22:00

The 'I hope...' one is Shawshank Redemption, isn't it?

Degree Research

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 15:59

Digging in our very stoney ground.

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 07:42

I've just arrived! Nightmare flight over the bristol channel. Any cake left?  Pleeeeeeeeeeease?

loved gardening quotes

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 23:19

"Gardening needs a lot of water....most of it in the form of perspiration!"

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 22:17

I'd agree with the alchemilla mollis suggestion... we used it for my daughters wedding last year, it fills out everything. Then you only need a few other blooms as highlights.... try cosmos, sweetpeas, larkspur, etc.  You can't do alchemilla from seed, need to get some from a friend's garden but don't worry it is really common and grows like a weed!   Where do you live? That will help us think through what you might be able to sow and get into flower for June. ..

Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 16:45

Have fun everyone!

help with melons

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 09:30

Growing melons (canteloupe) in the greenhouse for the first time.  I've got five nice fruit on four plants.  They are beginning to smell lovely and sweet, but not yet very large ( a bit bigger than a cricket ball), and are turning golden yellow.  What is the best way to tell if they are ripe, and is there anything i can do to speed up the process?  (For example, should i now be removing the leaves, like i do to speed up ripening of tomatoes?) 

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