Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Tin Pot, 17 Aug 2017.
That’s nice to know!
Padron peppers coming on well
Some other smaller chillis on the way...
Some other bits and bobs
Pelargonium apple blossom rosebud- cuttings taken in autumn 2018
Cobaea scandens, grown from seed
Salvia hot lips
Begonia escargot- leaf cuttings taken in January ‘19
It's that time of year when I have to battle these little devils and the ants that farm them. It always seems to be a few specific acers that get attacked. Luckily I've caught them early this time.
A few tulip pictures from work
I saw that pic while scrolling and didn't register what it was properly. At first glance it looked like a hilltop covered in rainforest sticking out of a cloud layer!
(And I've only had tea to drink this morning, honest!)
I could have sworn I had planted a range of different coloured tulips. Turns out they are all white.
Yes i often think it looks like an aerial view of the rainforest when i take the cover off
@mudsticks ......if you dont mind me asking, what kind of farming are you into? (purely out of interest)
Tulips at home
I have not pruned my roses yet. Is it too late to prune them right down? If it is. How low should I prune them?
No, you should be fine.
Remove dead, diseased & damaged wood. Remove any rubbing branches.
Prune to an outward facing bud.
If it’s a bush/shrub, try and keep the centre of the bush uncluttered.
How low? Show me a picture.....
Mostly organic vegetables..
I run my own veg box scheme.
And egg laying chickens, which are rotated within the vegetable growing. areas.
Before retiring in 2016 I spent 44 years in professional horticulture following training at Pershore College of Horticulture, at the time recognised as the best in the country. I feel I know a thing or two about growing plants along with many other aspects of horticulture.
I've had an allotment for 35+ years but did not give it sufficient attention for many years prior to my retirement. The first spring of retirement was to correct this in many ways, new raised beds, significant soil enrichment, new paths, 800 litres of water storage, protection for young crops etc. I now have a highly productive piece of land. This year I decided to grow more young plant material from seed including many standard vegetables such as leeks, runner beans, lettuce, Cavolo Nero, peas etc. and a number of annuals, admittedly tricky ones, such as Verbena bonariensis, Cosmos sulphureus, Cosmos xanthos and Black Eyed Suzie. On the vegetable side I have previously germinated and grown these types successfully.
Germination has been appalling with the exception of Cavolo Nero. Even the beans have required a second sowing just to get the numbers I need! In some instances I have less than 5 (five) seedings from a packet. I have three thoughts in mind:
Are other gardeners having difficulty with germination in 2019? In which case it may be the season?
All of the seed came from Kings seeds, chosen for no reason other than our local retail nursery stocks these. Is this typical of their quality?
Do others have seed companies they have found especially successful?
Others experience would be very welcome as I don't believe this is bad luck, inexperience or incompetence.
I usually use T&M seed. This year 2 varieties of Nasturtium have drawn a blank. Nasturtium!!!
T&M are annoyingly expensive, but as a rule I find them to be of good quality.
My mum once told me about Kings seed, saying it was good. I bought some veg seed. Some of it was hit and miss.
Other than the Nasturtium failure it’s been productive this year.
Oh, and Reasheath was miles better than Pershore....!
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