Zoomer44


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is will you use the extra hour next weekend

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 20:56

Sorry, Verbun, was scim reading. How can anyone not like chocolate

Sowing seeds in toilet rolls

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 20:21

Apart from sowing the usual - sweet pea, beans and pea's I'm going to sink some leggy sunflowers in them.

About 12 rolls fit into the small seed trays and although the rolls go soggy they don't flop over if packeted in snuggly.

I've found they don't rot down very quickly in the ground, so discard the roll when planting out.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 20:05

Another sunny day and not a rain cloud in sight here in the NW.

B & Q had a sale, 3 for 2 in the paint section, so saved over £15 on wood preserve and paint for the sheds, one happy bunny.

On such a nice day, didn't feel much like painting though so had a general tidy round and did some potting up.  

aldi easter monday.

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 19:44

Normally get some good buys from Aldi, dsapointed today, as the plug plants were all nearly dead. Not worth getting any of the vegs but I did get some discounted lobelia and marigolds. After a good water the lobelia are looking better.

is will you use the extra hour next weekend

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 23:31

Gardengirl - I manged to get some stuff done.

It was always going to be either a lazy day if wet or out in the garden if dry. The fence and trellis are in dire need of attention before spring, springs into action and you can't see the wood for plants. Something of a tedious job painting, the fence is new and neighbour has already painted her side. My side means wood preserve drips onto neighbours newly painted side, so it couldn't just be slapped on. Fortunately we've both gone Oak but mines slightly darker than neighbours and there were some drips.

Running out of wood preserve stopped play but the fence is done, not so sure I want to give it a second coat though 

Verdun. Enjoy your choc.      

I'm the kiss of death to herbs it seems......

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 22:49

I use a lot of herbs in cooking too. One of the advantages of having fresh is you can put hand fulls in. Made an aubergine dish the other day which needed a layer of basil, ever so tasty.

If the seedlings are just keeling over, the problem could be damping off. I find watering from below and sprinkling a layer of vermiculite around the stem helps prevent this. 

Seed swap

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 22:03

Bev. Received my seeds yesterday. Thank you.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 21:57

Glorious sunshine today in the North West. The sky clouded over a couple of times this morning and it looked like rain but has stayed dry all day.

Painted the back fence and if it stays fine tomorrow will paint the trellis, I ran out of wood preserve, so it's a trip down to B & Q first thing.   

Some of my seedlings are beginning to grow true leaves although you might need a magnifying glass to see them

Woodlice

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 21:35

I'm the kiss of death to herbs it seems......

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 21:16

Read somewhere Parsley can be irratic at germination, it's also a biennial, try sowing it later in the year. Last year I sowed some about June/July time and planted it out late September in a sheltered nursery bed. to over winter. 

It's still a little early to be sowing some herbs. Basil and coriander for instance, like it to be warmer. Basil's a meditarenian plant, some varieties do better in our climate, than others, I grow Minette which does well here in the North West.

I don't think it's worth sowing perennial herbs when you only want one plant, far cheaper just to buy the plant from a GC or nursery. Chives, thyme, rosemary, lemon balm and mint don't seem to mind our most harsh winters, I'm sure there are others and so you don't need to keep sowing once you've bought your first plant and all these can easily be split.  

I had the same problem with supermarket bought herbs so never buy them now.  

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