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Talkback: Seeds - how to collect allium seeds

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 10:34

Sowed my allium seeds about 2 weeks ago - any idea how long they take to germinate?

Plants for a hot, sunny conservatory

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 13:44

Thanks Sunnydayz, thats another I have been thinking about.



Posted: 21/03/2013 at 13:48

Sounds like I will need to pop across the A30 to St Austell to have a gander - bearing in mind that as the weather is forecast as dire in Cornwall I wont be getting into the garden or up the lottie this weekend!  Hope to sow some cerinthe, leeks and early lettuce seeds in modules and repot some geranium cuttings taken last year.

Seedlings and 'true leaves'

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 13:43

I also have a problem with leggy seedlings and have also read recently to re-pot deep than normal - good luck. 

Weather is set to be so foul this weekend I was hoping to get into the garden!  however, will satisfy myself with sowing some cerinthe, leeks and early lettuces into modules and repotting some small geraniums taken from cuttings last year.

Thoughts on Nesting Boxes

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 16:27

I do have a forsythia and honeysuckle against a fence (west facing) I may try that although I think it may be a little late to put up for this year?

Best and mt favourite hardy geranium and why......

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 16:17

My favourite is Geranium 'Nimbus' - not only because of the fabulous blue/mauve flowers but because it has the same name as Harry Potter's broomstick! - easy to remember!

Thoughts on Nesting Boxes

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 16:11

I would love to have nesting boxes of some description.  Having had two cats (including a very proficient hunter) I have not been able to in the past.  However, we lost our 'hunter' last year and I thought it would be a good time to get some boxes (our remaining cat is very old and only has three teeth so unlikely to do any damage to baby birds!).  Unfortunately our neighbours two doors up now have a young tom who loves our garden (and wildlife in it) so no nesting boxes for the moment!


Posted: 05/03/2013 at 16:02

I use nematodes - yes, they are a bit pricey but I use them just twice between spring (when its warm enough) and autumn.  They are effective.  I also occasionally use the odd sprinkling of organic pellets around new seedlings or valuable plants 'just in case'.  Useage of nematodes does cut down numbers.  I keep meaning to do the night patrols with a sharp pair of scissors (or a bucket of strong salt water) but never get around to it!

Free offers and discounts

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 15:21

I have taken up the free offers and not had any problem with delivery or quality of plants.  However I do find it difficult to keep track of what I have ordered from what supplier and when it should be delivered so I have now stuck a list to the fridge door of what I have ordered from whom and when it should be arriving so I can chase it up when it doesnt arrive.  Thats the problem with ordering things a number of months in advance!

Talkback: How to grow leeks from seed

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 15:17

I always grow mine in modules and wait until they are a few inches tall before dibbing a deep hole and popping them in (watering only, not filling in with earth

Discussions started by SFord


Woodlice are finding my strawberries tasty! 
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Dream Potting Shed

What would you include? 
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Last Post: 08/09/2013 at 19:13

Talkback: Carnivorous plant pot display

I bought a carniverous plant (trumpet pitcher) as an 'experiment' earlier this year and keep it in my conservatory. It obviously loves wher... 
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