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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:06

Another wet day. I'm on leave Monday and Tuesday, so here's praying for dry weather.

Sowed more seeds today, toms and peppers are now started. Also sorted the seed box.... Oooh...it was like looking through a treasure chest. There were loads of radish, spring onion and carrots. The carrots must have been freebie's as I've never been able to grow them. If I sowed one seed each of the tom varieties there wouldn't be enough room to grow them all...makes a mental note to stop buying tom seeds     

What about a seperate section for absolute beginers.

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 19:43

Hi, Brian. If you've had an allotment for 45yrs, sounds like you already have lots of experience and it's always nice to have more veg growers...reading the daily threads is a good place to start... and reply or ask Q's when you want...posters are really friendly and helpful. 

What you are asking for is a welcome thread. There is a site feed back thread which you can post on...your idea sounds good...if you post on there with the idea , I'm confident you'll get a response.   

Tomato Growpots, any good?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 18:39

Frank. I did the same last year with chillies, peppers and aubergines...sat them on gravel in bottomless pots.

Aldi are selling grow bag trays for £4.99 and Wilkinson have the large square trays, for about the same price, both ideal for sitting pots in and using as gravel trays. You find you water less, the compost only takes up what water it needs and less compost is used. You can also go away for a long weekend and not worry about the pots drying out.

I sit the gravel on capillary matting.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 18:20

Looked like rain all morning but stayed dry and the sun came out.

Started off making some fresh seaweed feed today. The lid on the bin must leak because it was full of old feed from last year, it doesn't age well.  

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 18:08

Thanks David. Will check the weather forcast for the next week.

Tomato Growpots, any good?

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 21:58

I think they are on the expensive side and Q why they are being sold off but can see the benefit of using them when growing cucumbers as cues don't like their stems being wet.

I use bottomless pots in the GH for those plants in the bed or in grow bags, ( flower buckets with the bottoms cut out) and water the bed... mainly...only watering the pot if it looks dry or I'm gonna be away for the weekend.

Me thinks it's an expensive gimmick for the lazy gardener who wants to water less frequently... and the downside of this... you go into the GH less frequently and miss pests which can take a hold very quickly..

Where is everybody from...

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 21:17

Just googled avatar, how do you add one. A link to a good site would help  

Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 20:58

Why not sow some dahlia seeds as a back up. I was going to start sowing my Dahlia seeds from a seed swap at the end of the month. They flower the same time as plants grown from tubers and you get a huge tuber at the end of the summer.

I just haven't managed to get any tubers to grow the following year after being stored over winter. Hoping for better results this year.

Talkback: Garden seating areas

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 20:37

Bunny. Went back to the local nursery and they had some cheaper log seating in so I bought a two seater, it doesn't have a back but I was planning to place it against the shed and it has two side rests. It's not very chucky either so fits in a treat. Every so pleased it was only £35 and it's light enough to be moved about the garden. Will be treating it with linseed oil this weekend

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 20:19

Dull, wet and windy here. 

Not sown any toms yet, there hasn't been any room in the propagator. I've taken the cover of the chillies though so should have some room in a couple of days. Seedlings on the window ledge are looking OK.  

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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Lidl fruit tree's....

Does anyone know the root stock... 
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Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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Fruit tree ID...

Can anyone identify this fruit tree... 
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Buy cheap pay twice...

I knew when I bought it I shouldn't have done.. 
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What to grow in vacated veg beds....

I've three raised beds.... 
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A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 08:30

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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