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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 21:46

It was bakng hot here and not a breeze insight, the temp touched 40 in the GH. I've been beavering away this evening planting stuff out. Found blackfly on my cherry blossom too, the ants must be wearing wellington boots this year as they've some how managed to get past the vaselin round the trunk of the tree, drastic measures are called for, it's out with the powder tomorrow.    

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 23:49

Satrted off misty and damp followed by another day of sunshine. Chillies, peppers and aubergines have all started to grow again in the GH and it was still warm outside this evening after dark. The lounger will be coming out on Saturday if this weather keeps up.  

what veg plant is this

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 21:36

I would have said it looks like basil but haven't grown Chinese greens. Try rubbing the leaves and smelling it, you'll know if it's basil by the smell.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 21:30

Wall to wall sunshine here in the NW  and forcast till the weekend which will hopefully see us through to the last possible frost.Enjoy Chelsea, Obelixx, I'm hoping to catch it on TV.  


Posted: 21/05/2012 at 00:09

I'm in the NW and have a sheltered garden. Planted out pea's ages ago and they are doing OK despite a couple of frosty nights. Sowed mouli and carrots in a sheltered bed ages ago and picked my first mouli today. Planted out swede a couple of weeks ago along with brussels, and beetroot last weekend, all under cloches and all are growing. French/runner beans went out yesterday and have survived the night although I've some more plants in reserve in case of frost.

I started to plant out due to running out of room in the GH.

Not risking risking courgettes, squash or toms outdoors just yet but toms are planted in the GH bed.

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 22:05

I haven't read everyone's posts but following the flow from the one's read, have had experience this year of some rubbish grow bags with plastic, nails, stones and I'm sure the remains of someones garden fence in one, there was so much wood.

Lidl are selling grow bags for £1.29 and it looks like black gold. Very good texture, no bits or nasty smell, nice and moist. Was so impressed I went back and bought 4 more bags. They also do a peat free bag and multi purpose bag.

Small shed

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 21:32

Sounds like you want a bike shed, B and Q did do a small wooden one's last year, might be worth checking them out. It's a fairly solid structure once built but comes with no bottom and only 4ft high so it maybe to small.    

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 21:13

We didn't get any sun but it stayed fine and it's been a good day to garden. My dahlias aren't doing very well, only three grew from the tubers I'd saved and they don't look at all healthy, those grown from seed seemed to be doing better until they were potted up into some new compost and slowly I've lost most of them .... there's always next year!. On a positive note, lillies are romping away. Some have bubs so hopefully they'll put on a longer show this year instead of flowering all in the same week.

Is Vermiculite dangerous

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 01:21

This is for Jane cardiff. I'm still learning and a novice but vermiculite improves aeration and drainage which is good for seeds/cuttings, it improves germination and reduces the risk of damping off. Vermiculite is usually spread on top of a seed tray.

Perlite does the same as above and retains moisture. Perlite is usually mixed with compost.

They look very different. Vermiculite is dusty and perlite looks like tiny polystirene balls. It's alot lighter than vermiculite and would blow away if spread on top of a seed tray hence me thinks it's mixed with compost.        

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 00:31

We had dark clouds most of the day but it hasn't rained and I managed to get most of my washing dry. The temps are alot higher overnight here in this part of the NW than in previous weeks. I have a sun flower in flower in the GH,  it's a giant yellow but has only grown to about 2ft

Planted out runner/french beans today but kept some in reserve just in case there's a frost. 

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