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Should I just re-sow my seeds?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 16:03
RubyLeaf wrote (see)

Either my memory is as hazy as fog or I've never had that much of bad luck with seeds. I planted most mid March and most have not emerged. Curious I dug through one pot to check if the seeds could of rotted but found the Pansy seed still there, albeit a darker shade of brown (do they go darker when wet? ).

My second batch of seeds is doing much better, with 4 of them (different species) coming up after a week. Should I wait a little longer? Is this normal?

 

artjak wrote (see)

RubyL, where are these pots; it sounds to me like they may not have been warm enough?

They are in the greenhouse which is unheated. Today I decided to throw half of the ones that didn't germinate and replace them. From the bigger seeds I saw they were virtually unchanged.
In fact with the Nasturtium I decided to go all out. I grabbed an unused trough, filled half with compost and put all remaining seeds of all 3 species I have.

Should I just re-sow my seeds?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 00:08

Either my memory is as hazy as fog or I've never had that much of bad luck with seeds. I planted most mid March and most have not emerged. Curious I dug through one pot to check if the seeds could of rotted but found the Pansy seed still there, albeit a darker shade of brown (do they go darker when wet? ).

My second batch of seeds is doing much better, with 4 of them (different species) coming up after a week. Should I wait a little longer? Is this normal?

Using a lawn weedkiller with cats

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 22:47

I'll keep my eyes out next time I go to Homebase for one safe with pets. I do hope there's one out there, as I loathe the thought of professional lawn treatment (saw one advertised, safe for pets) or digging the lawn up.

Using a lawn weedkiller with cats

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 12:35

Spring is at last here (well.. sort of) and I was ready to buy a lawn weedkiller to rid myself of those pesky creeping buttercups. That is until I read a review on one product I was about to buy http://www.amazon.co.uk/EverGreen-Complete-Lawn-Killer-Spreader/dp/B000TAU6Q4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1391129084&sr=8-2&keywords=Evergreen+Complete+Soluble+Lawn+Feeder+and+Weed+Killer

Infact here is the review that concerned me "This stuff used to work really well, then I got a cat and bought some more not noticing the TINY disclaimer on the back warning to keep away from animals. It came close to killing her just from being used on a lawn she liked lying on. I cannot emphasise strongly enough to keep this stuff away from animals, it's really bad news."


Any advice?

A newbie question about seed collecting

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 22:55
Mike Allen wrote (see)

RubyLeaf.  The only true way to get exacts is to vegitively propagate.  To us mere mortals.  That translates as, taking cuttings etc and growing on.  Way beyond most of us.  The commercial world uses cell propagation.

 

Save your seeds.  Sow them and I am certain that you will be delighted with the outcome.

Happy gardening.

Alrighty I'll collect the seeds and hope for the best

Edit: And ofc thank you for the replies all!

Seed Swaps

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 22:44

I'd love to give my seeds away but stamp prices don't justify the freebies.

A newbie question about seed collecting

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 22:40

They were part of this mix http://www.homebase.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=110&storeId=10151&partNumber=013385

Some grew to 90cm, whilst some were about 60cm. The red one was next to others of similar size, and another of 90cm.

So with what you've told me they could be any size and colour ^^

A newbie question about seed collecting

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 22:03

I have some Helichrysum I'm hoping to get some seed from. But before I do I would apprechiate some answers

If I collect seed from a red flower one will the seeds collected produce red flowers? Secondly, if its a short Helichrysum will the plant produced from seed be about the same height?

cat problems

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 11:38
Dovefromabove wrote (see)
RubyLeaf wrote (see)
OR garden? Who puts a litter tray in their garden? I've never read such a daft thing. Also why do you think its a good idea to put cats on a lead? They're not a pack animal. Not every cat is going to "enjoy" being on a lead. You cannot fully train a cat like a dog. Cats love to wonder. They're not going to trot all the way back to your own garden to do toilet business in a litter tray or in the garden.

I'm just a little angry how you think cats can be treated like dogs. I can only assume you're as angry with have had cats do their pooping and what not in your garden. If so I'm sorry to hear that. My nan had trouble with cats digging up her bulbs =/. I hope you, and all others find better and more practical solutions though

 

Perfectly reasonable thing to do - when we had cats that's what we did.  We had a large shallow  container of dry builders' sand in the open lean-to where the logs were stored - it stayed dry and was accessible to our cats whenever they were outside and they used it.  

Our neighbours said that our cats did not use their gardens and they certainly did not use my flower beds or veg garden.  The sand was changed regularly and it was no bother.  It would be helpful if all cat owners did a similar thing and encouraged their cats to use it.  

By their nature it might not prevent cats from occasionally pooping elsewhere, but it helps control the problem if they know of somewhere suitable outside that they can use, just as they use the cat litter indoors. 

 

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

If they're empty cover them with a boards, slates, tiles etc for the moment.  When they're full of plants and well watered the cats won't be interested in them. 

Yup. My cats always try to find an empty spot in the soil. Also I think cats dislike gravel.

Cats in Gardens

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:36
philippa smith2 wrote (see)

I'd urge anyone with a cat problem to contact Jessica - I don;t expect it will solve the problem but at least it might make cat owners think about their responsibilities.

If cat owners claim their cats are wild animals - fine, they need to be controlled and licensed.  If the cats are domestic pets - take responsibility for them - train them to use litter trays in your house or garden and take them for walks on leads.  These days it is a myth to suggest that the domestic cat needs to roam free.  Cats are the ultimate "no responsibilty" pets.  Why do non cat owners have to expend good money on "cat deterrents" ...........come on Gardeners and wildlife lovers.....get a grip.............it is not your responsibility.

OR garden? Who puts a litter tray in their garden? I've never read such a daft thing. Also why do you think its a good idea to put cats on a lead? They're not a pack animal. Not every cat is going to "enjoy" being on a lead. You cannot fully train a cat like a dog. Cats love to wonder. They're not going to trot all the way back to your own garden to do toilet business in a litter tray or in the garden.

I'm just a little angry how you think cats can be treated like dogs. I can only assume you're as angry with have had cats do their pooping and what not in your garden. If so I'm sorry to hear that. My nan had trouble with cats digging up her bulbs =/. I hope you, and all others find better and more practical solutions though

 

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