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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.  

Woodlice

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 23:53

Where did cod go

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 20:32

Another sunny day although there was a chill in the air. 

Didn't get out in the garden apart from putting peas in the GH for the day and then bringing them indoors at tea time. Most of my daffs are now out, some for a few weeks. 

The garden seems to be coming alive, All the bulbs planted out last Autumn are putting out lots of leaves, some are budding and some perennials are beginning to grow.  Bellis are in flower along with primula's.

Evergreen climbers

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 20:00

I have Clematis, Freckles and Jingle Bells and found them to grow very quickly, didn't do well the first year as they where both in pots but once planted out both covered a trellis that year and are evergreen.

Solanum Glasnevin is semi-evergreen, keeps it's leaves in mild winters and has pretty little lilac coloured flowers. Honey Suckle, Darts World is evergreen.

   

need to cover a shed wall quickly

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 19:17

Not sure about Ivy but Clemantis cirrhosa - jingle bells is an evergreen, can't remember the name of the other one which I grow, non invasive but has rigorous growth. Flowers at Christmas time or shortly afterwards.   

What Is Going On With Site??

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 23:54

Just found this thread. Was beginning to think my postings where being ignored and the tiny writing problem was my computer, lets to hope it's sorted soon.    

Woodlice

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 23:30

I agree with cod too.

Always thought woodlice were good guys, happy to be wrong.

 

Plug plants ,How much perlite to add to multi purpose compost ?

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 23:16

Perlite acts similar to vermiculite.

Where as vermiculite is usually spread on the top of seed compost and the first one or two potting up stages, to improve germination and reduce damping off. Perlite mixed in compost retains moisture by improving aeration and drainage. Roots need air to take up nutrients from the compost and perlite assists with this.  

I use perlite mixed with compost for plants in pots instead of the water retaining granules. Whilst you can get by without it, using it does give plants a better growing media and reduces the need to water pots daily in hot weather. I'm very optomistic, me thinks we will get some warmer weather.  

Shop around, it can be expensive. Wilkinsons are probably one of the cheaper places to buy perlite, I purchase mine at a local nursery at a fraction of the cost in the GC.          

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