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Plant pots

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 13:27

i put plastic pots in terracotta, that way I can have several different displays of different plants throughout the year by changing the plastic pots. 

If I decide to put some nice pots in the front garden (front door only 3ft from pavement) I have a couple of pots with drawing pins stuck to the underside of the rim, odd how no one seems to want the plants in the plastic pots..

Germination times

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 20:10

Second year I've done it hollie hock, all the seeds germinted. 

They seem to have germinated quicker, some have tiny green shoots. The roots were long, 2' but I've potted up into toilet rolls so was able to make a deep hole with the dibber.

Did the same thing last year and about 4 plants failed to grow on in the toilet rolls, I'm not advising others to do the same but my mini pop corn plants were over 6ft tall last year.

Germination times

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 19:21

All my seedlings died, a long story but I was in hospital unexpectedly for nearly three weeks so started sowing again just over a week ago.

Sown indoors because it's still to cold here and with no heat -Turnip and swede 3-4 days. Leeks and sunflowers 6 days. With heat - toms 10 days. On damp kitchen roll - beans, pea's and sweetcorn about 3-4 days, potted on at 7 days.

Not a sign of anything else, list to long to mention. 

Cucumber seedlings dying

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 18:51

How have you been watering them. Cue's don't like their stems getting wet or sitting in water.

At the seedling stage I use vermisculite around the stem, prevents damping off and keeps the stem relatively dry.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 22:37

Hi Woo, nice to see you back. The recovery's going to be longer than I thought, the mind is willing but body not able, I'm learning to slow down though. There's been a couple of days when it's been warm enough to sit and relax in the garden and I've been able to leisurly sow seeds in the GH. The OT sent me home with seats the height of the potting bench   

Only been down to the allotment once but plan to go again this weekend, a freind is helping. Surprised how quickly seeds germinate, turnip and swede have two leaves, sunflowers and leeks are showing and sweetcorn, pea's and beans have all been pottted on today after germinating on kitchen roll.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:56

Stagbeetle - I love strawberries, been growing them in the back garden for over 20yrs. You can't beat strawberries picked straight from the garden.

For a crop this year try to obtain plants from other plot holders.

When buying or establishing your own crop, the packs of six plants sound like a bargin but each plant will put out runners of new plants for next year, resulting in lots of plants of the same variety all producing strawberries at the same time, and in the long term, gluts. 

Buying single plants of different varieties flowering at different times over the summer, although slightly more expensive, means a longer harvest and less chance of a glut. Read the labels when buying to find out when they crop. I'd suggest two plants of each of your choice. You should then have 4 - 6 plants from each plant for next year and a respectable patch which is producing strawberries over a number of months.

Early varieties or perpetual strawberries produce two crops each year, if the weather is on our side. They flower about June and again in September. 

What ever you choose, at least 6 or more plants should produce a respectable number of plants for next year.      

Greenhouse - reglaze or buy a new one ?!

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 22:13

Your biggest problem will be getting curved panes for the roof edges.

Most on line stores will not send glass through the post and buying from a local glass shop is expensive, as you've read. I had a square edged GH and purchased a full set of glass from B&Q several years ago it was just over £100 for a 6 by 8, I did have some glass though, that was several years ago and at that time they only sold full sets at a time which is several packs. The end triangular pieces did not fit, so these were cut by the local glass shop at a small cost. I'm talking less than £2 per pane.  

It worked out far cheaper than buying a new GH.   

If there is a place sellling GH's locally with curved edges you might be able to negotiate just buying the glass.

A standard GH has standard sized glass which fits most, me thinks it's either 60 by 60 or 61 by 60. You would need to measure the spaces between the frame sides to check the sides of your GH as I'm not sure if yours is standard.

Sorry can't be more helpful.   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 00:11

No doubt the first of many fruitcake.

Cut flowers are a good idea, is anyone growing them on their plot. I've gladioli and dahlias to plant out. Plan to add foxglove and lupins for next year. Only two sweet pea plants but more to sow and you can't not grow sunflowers in the year of the sunflower. Sowed a tray last week.

Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 23:34

Ice - wait until your beetroot has two true leaves before planting on. If you've germinated them indoors or under cover, pot on into modules and keep indoors,GH or cold frame.

If you've just had frost the ground will be too cold to plant out. To warm the ground up you could cover it for a couple of weeks with black plastic.     

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 19:08

Hi, Caral, if you can put the shed on rollers, round fence posts are ideal., you'll find the shed alot easier to move. I moved a garden shed after lifting it onto fence posts  with a giant crow bar.  

I'd have been angry Fruitcake and I'm not sure I'd like to share a shed.

I've been sowing more seeds. Running out of plastic propogator covers now not to mention space in the back bedroom so sweetcorn is on damp kitchen roll and germinating on the radiator .  

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