Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Tin Pot, 17 Aug 2017.

  1. PaulSB

    PaulSB Legendary Member

    When were you there Dave. I did Pershore 74-76.
  2. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    I was in St Savoiurs infant school 74-76!!!!!
  3. PaulSB

    PaulSB Legendary Member

  4. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    I have had mixed results with flowers and veg seeds this year but I do put this down to incompetence! I may be doing myself an injustice .
    Most packets say that you can get a refund if they're a failure. I've never actually tried it though.
  5. wormo

    wormo Über Member


    My Nasturtiums have been pretty poor this year. Think I did them too early. Last two weeks everything is romping away.
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  6. MartinQ

    MartinQ Über Member

  7. mudsticks

    mudsticks Über Member

    I've had a pretty good year for germination on the whole.

    Sounds like you're a pretty experienced grower so it must either be, the seeds or the compost / substrate.

    I mainly grow vegetables from seed.
    Moles seeds are very good, as are CN (commercial - but they accept any orders if you can make it up to £50)..Seeds of Italy (Franchi) are also quality.

    The garden centre might not have stored the seed so wel? Hanging on a rack in a hot shop isn't ideal really.

    Otherwise maybe the compost?

    There were some duff proprietary batches a few years back, I can't remember the name of the chemical herbicide that i believe was getting into processed greenwaste, through a lawn treatment iirc

    For substrate I swear by Klasmanns organic peat free, it's like sowing into brown sugar. Not cheap, but really consistent quality.

    I mainly do module sowing, for less stress of transplants
    The peat free you have to literally buy a lorry load straight from Germany - I do a group buy with other growers - but horti suppliers in this country (I think CES) do their other sorts which you can buy as individual bags.

    My worst sowing problem this year has been with pesky mice.

    Getting onto the heated propagation bench, digging up and scoffing all the early aubergine, and sweet peppers just as they germinated

    Had time to resow but still is annoying.

    My on-farm trainee is trialling cropping lentils this year (again the mice are very keen) but I guess even if they come to naught in terms of foodstuf, they will make a decent green manure.

    Still plenty time to resow everything though - as you well know, stuff catches up - and even can overtake the earlier sown things.

    Happy allotmenting.

    My fantasy veg garden would be a couple of metres square.

    Multiple acres takes far too much time out of ones cycling life.. :bicycle:
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  8. Jody

    Jody Platinum member

    Can anyone recommend food for potted Japanese Maples? I've been using ericaceous liquid feed but not sure its the right stuff.
  9. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    I use Maxicrop feeds for everything.
  10. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    Geum Mrs Bradshaw


    Allium purple sensation on its way
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  11. MartinQ

    MartinQ Über Member

    Raised ~£600 at the plant sale a couple of weeks ago. Going to Thrombosis UK, Bloodwise and the local residents association.
    Thanks (again) to @Dave 123 for the seeds / cuttings last year.
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  12. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    Some pics from my blustery garden

    The banana plants are surplus from work, so I’m making use of them for the summer

    The citrus trees just starting to flower

    And the grape needs thinning out


    So we’ve moved away from veg growing and I’m just filling the raised beds with any old flowering plants, the brief is- just chuck it in, see what happens.
  13. Mrs M

    Mrs M Veteran

    Looks great!
    Are they purple Abyssinian bananas?
  14. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    They is!
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  15. Mrs M

    Mrs M Veteran

    42CA3DD1-DAFE-42F8-B3AB-E7B93C5FC8E7.jpeg Poor Snapdragons :sad:
    Bought these around 4 weeks ago from B&Q, as Homebase nearby is closed.
    Look like they want to flower but nothing is happening, some in pots, some in the ground.
    Know the bees love them so that’s why I bought them :wub:
    In Miracle Grow compost, well watered and we’ve had some sun!
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