Zoomer44


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Aldi bargains

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 18:30

I've previously purchased Aldi's hand tools, a trowel and small rake and at £1.99 they are  good value for money and I think, stainless steel.The replacement covers for the four shelved plastic GH 's are also good value. I've had seeds from Aldi which have germinated several years after their sow by date  

I'm also reliably informed Lidl have their garden range on sale from this coming Thursday.  

Anyone else strapped for space?

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 18:17

You've made my day seeing all those stacked propogators

I've not started sowing yet but there's already no room on the dresser in the back bedroom due to spuds chitting and I've four rather large chilli plants taking up room on the kitchen window sill, one of which will eventually grow to 4-5ft so that space is already taken care of till hardening off time...

 

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 23:45
Gg-I'll be sowing sweet pea next month.

B&Q have 2ltr pots for ??3 with at least 25plus seedlings in and smaller pots, at ??1.19 with at least 10 plus plants in which seemed good value.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 23:29
It's a big learning when you first start. I had an excellent first year sowing, then lost a lot of seedlings the second year due to damping off.

I try to save some seeds for at least a second sowing just in case the first sowings/seedlings aren't successful.

Happy growing

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 20:55
Seed compost has very little in it by way of nutients. I purchase a cheaper seedling compost...I'll try the one from Aldi and mix it with mpc.

Depending on the seeds though, . I sometimes pot into mpc but there is a compost in between which I haven't used.

I sprinkle vermiculite around the stem of the seedling though, it helps to prevent damping off and when watering from underneath it turns a darker colour an indication the compost is damp, you also know when to water again as the vermiculite starts to dry out.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 20:18
I cut up small module tray's for bigger seeds, a tray cut into six modules can fit in quite nicely.

It's also a good plan to get a decent seed compost, just used for seeds in the propagator, poorer one's can set like concrete if you forget to water

As the tray's are so small a small bag is usually sufficient.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 19:47
I got my super seven on line. Check different t sites, there can be quite a difference in cost.

You can also purchase extra tray's which are handy. Seedlings need to grow on till they produce true leaves before they can be potted up. You won't be able to use the tray for germinating seeds until then.

The electric propagator costs about ??30.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 18:20
Can't get to either store till next.

Did get some sarpo Mira spuds though, two chilli plants and 5 asparagus roots from Robinson's yesterday and 2 chilli plants from B&Q today, they were only ??1 each.

I plan to sow some chlli seeds so these are different varieties.

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 21:45

Aster2 - your plot is looking good......You'll find if you can generate heat in the black compost bin's, stuff rots down really quickly and you can end up with black gold, good enough to mix with mpc for potting up.   

I was down on the plot today and found it really disheartening. We have one bee keeper, and he was leaving with his hives..   

Chitting spuds

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 16:50
I've just bought some sarpo Mira, I'm told they are an old variety and blight resistant.

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