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Seeds are up

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 21:49

My success rate for anything sown in January or February is zero Plants germinate but once  out of the heated propagator they keel over and die, it's clearly to cold for them in the spare bedroom but short of putting on the central heating 24hr 7 I usually wait until at least March before sowing anything.

I've geraniums doing well in the kitchen though (they haven't died yet) and plan to sow aubergines in February this year. Any help with keeping stuff alive would be most helpful. I've antirrhinum which can be sown now   

Seed swap

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 21:22

Without going through everyone's postings I'm not sure what's currently being swapped.

I've spare tom seeds, saved last year, if anyone is interested, nothing exciting  - Alisa Craig, Red Pear, Xmas Grape, Money Maker and Golden Sunrise.

Chillie seeds - Apache, Cayenne and Jalapeno. 1st two grew well last year, one plant produces enough chillies to last till next harvest.

I've heaps of annual flower seeds, freebie's from magazines.

I'd like some dahlia seeds, please.

What veggies are you planning on growing 2013?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 20:14

Probably beetroot, onions, garlic, french/runner beans and peas, salad stuff, spinach and chad. Kohl, will try carrots again, courgette's, squash and brussels, I'm sure I've other seeds, nearly forgot - spuds.. 

In the GH it's going to be cues, toms, chillies, peppers, aubergines and I've some yard long beans which need warmth.

Rhubarb, strawberries, gooseberries, blueberries and currants which were mainly eaten by birds last year or failed to fruit, hoping for more success this time around.  

what do you think is the best make of bird food you have bought?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 19:29

I do the same as Chicky and also look out for bargain bird food in local stores. Making  your own fat balls is a good idea, with seeds the birds are currently eating in the garden at any one time. Aldi also do a fruity muesli which goes down well here and mixes well in fat balls. You would need to check the label though if using other brands of muesli to make sure they are bird friendly.

Last year I grew sunflowers and fed the seeds to the birds over winter. 

What we are doing this week

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 16:15

Sam. Try 'The Garden Superstore' on line. Their pots are ever so reasonably priced, they sell light and heavy weight one's. 10cm square one's are only 75p. Smaller pots start at 11 or 13p each and if you buy in bulk the P & P is bearable.   

Has anyone got any snow yet?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 16:01

It's been snowing here in Lancashire for most of the afternoon, not heavy though and it isn't sticking.  

What we are doing this week

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 15:56

It's snowing here.

I went to the GC today, their half price sale wasn't up to much, there were only Christmas decorations left.  I bought a couple of dahlias, some onion sets and some spuds to chit.    

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 15:47

It's been snowing here in the NW for most of the afternoon, it's not particularly heavy though and isn't sticking. There's more forecast for tomorrow.

So much for cycling, I've been out to the GC instead and bought some more garlic, the garlic planted in November isn't showing any shoots.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 19:09

A nice Winters day here in this part of the NW. The sun was low though, which made it difficult driving.

The garden was dug over on October with heaps of muck and leaf compost, so not much going on there at present.

There were alot of walkers out in the Trough of Bowland today, probably due to the mild weather, if the weather stays the same tomorrow I'm threatening to go out on the bike

What we are doing this week

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 20:34

Love your ornaments.

Not alot on my 'to do list' in the garden at present. Came home to a fence panel blown in mid week and had a chat with the neighbour about replacing all the panels, their house is rented so need to contact the landlord this week, don't see any problems, it's not a huge, long fence.

Tomorrow, I plan to have lunch at the Barn in Scorton, found a NG voucher before Christmas after a good clear out, hope it's still valid and can spend it in their 'nick nack' section.   

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A vote of confidence....

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