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dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 20 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

brave, in 60 yrs i have managed 5 ears of baby corn and lots of dead sticks etc and after several tries now know the way to get nice corn is to go the correct market stall

apart from no talent at it i do not know why, other folk using the same seed and soils have managed

i could grow broad beans on mars* , but corn will always be beyond my meagre gardening talents:lol:

*with a bit of help from some pv kit, led lamps and a sunshade to re adjust the day lengths or a bit of neat plant breeding to adjust them to the longer cycle

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Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 20 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

They’d still be too close. Hateful things.

Bebo



Joined: 21 May 2007
Posts: 12584
Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 20 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tahir wrote:
frost here last night


And here. Luckily decided to give it another week before planting the runners out. Been taking them out of the polytunnel in trays every day to help harden them off a bit.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 5784
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 20 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We woke up to a light snowfall...

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 20 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



we are well into spring and a bit chilly today is not coat weather again.

the hardy have got to the shorts stage and 2 of the sparrows just introduced their four fledglings even if it is a bit cloudy and now drizzly today

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 12413

PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 20 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We seem to be varying between jacket and tee shirt weather. It is cooler again now, so may go into thicker trousers as I may be late this evening. it certainly wasn't too warm here yesterday; don't think it got above 10 deg C, although of course too warm for snow.

I don't seem to be having a lot of luck with my seeds this year. Not too happy with the compost. I may resort to putting sweetcorn and beans directly into the beds and hope the mice don't get too many of them.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 8683
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 20 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

What compost did you use (so I know to avoid it in the future).

Slim



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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 20 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

If hand seeding you can presoak your seeds to speed up their germination and reduce the amount of time for critters to get at them

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 15042
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 20 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I germinate in pots in the spare room. They won’t grow any more there, so they may as well take their chances outside. Nothing ventured.....

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 20 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I will look up the name and let you know. It is a multipurpose compost, but the seeds seem to be prone to going mouldy in it.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 20 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I use a little sprinkling of vermiculite or perlite, depending on what you can get on the surface of the soil over my seedlings to prevent mould. Seems to work. I also get things going in a heated propagator. It massively improves germination, especially with peppers, chillis and aubergines.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 20 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I use the heated propagator whenever possible. It speeds up germination no end, even in things that don't 'need' it in our climate. For everything else, I germinate in the spare room, which I keep nice and warm in the spring (the rest of the year it is not heated unless someone is staying over. This has happened twice in the year that we have lived here.) I put lettuce in it for lack of space the other day, and it was up in 12 hours.

I am thinking of ripping out the carpet, spending a few hundred pounds on growlights and putting in a sink to turn it into a grow room. It'd be cheaper than a conservatory, arguably better use of resources, as the footprint would be smaller if I could stack plants and its more energy efficient to light with LEDs than heat a glassed space. (My garden is small, very paved, designed brilliantly for two adults who want to sit out and drink wine and not weed very much, and as a result, largely full of trampoline!)

Shan



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 20 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

When the police go swooping on your house and discover a grow room full of lettuce, I think they will be mightily disappointed.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 20 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Shan wrote:
When the police go swooping on your house and discover a grow room full of lettuce, I think they will be mightily disappointed.


I can bury then in courgettes. No-one will ever find them!

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 20 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    


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