Frank AKA seasider

  • Frank AKA seasider posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Tubs I have been growing potatoes in containers for the last 5 years since I moved to a house with a small garden. I have learnt a lot about container growing in that time from this site. If you need any help there is loads of info on here in forums. I have got better at it each year. heres hoping for this year :good:

  • Frank AKA seasider posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Your right there Cilla, I am tempted now with a few Lady Christal. Might have to put some pots on dormer roof, wife would love that :lol:

  • Frank AKA seasider posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Cilla I am growing in containers, I will have more seeds than I have room for but I like to grow earlies and lates if poss. I can pass any spare on to a friend who has 2 allotments. I always get carried away at this time of year though.

  • I ordered my seed potatoes yesterday afternoon, Carolus and Jazzy, they were delivered royal mail this morning 11am can`t beat that for service. This is the first time I have bought from this company and the prices are good.
    simplyseeds.co.uk

    • Hi Frank I bought 10 Charlotte yesterday, no room for any more.

      • Hi Cilla I am growing in containers, I will have more seeds than I have room for but I like to grow earlies and lates if poss. I can pass any spare on to a friend who has 2 allotments. I always get carried away at this time of year though.

    • Hi Tubs I have been growing potatoes in containers for the last 5 years since I moved to a house with a small garden. I have learnt a lot about container growing in that time from this site. If you need any help there is loads of info on here in forums. I have got better at it each year. heres hoping for this year :good:

  • Started the day off with blizzards and strong winds, luckily it soon cleared and its been sunny most of the day but really cold. down to freezing now. I bought my tom&cuc seeds yesterday while visiting Castle Howard garden centre, that was quite bracing up there. I will have to get organised in the G/H now it is a bit full of overwintering…[Read more]

  • Hi Jenny I will stick to standard compost, I too start most things in the heated propagator I find I get better results, I did try to propagate seeds in the past in a cold greenhouse but had a lot of failures that`s why I made mine. We have a local nursery that sells the same stuff as they use which is very good, I believe they have it made for…[Read more]

  • Allan,I too prefer the original busy lizzies,I think I will just get a packet of seeds and give them a try again.With regards to the compost I have always just used standard seed compost and its been fine, I just read somewhere on line about adding vermiculite that is why I asked the question I wondered if I was missing something but thanks to you…[Read more]

  • Thanks Allan

    I understand what you mean,do you just use standard seed compost? My propagator has a heat cable under the sand and there is a polycarbonate cover to go on the top so I can keep the heat pretty even. I will get some pieces of glass or perspex and cover the seed trays as you suggest.Do you grow Busy Lizzies? some of the articles I…[Read more]

  • Following last years failure with my Petunia and non stop Begonia seeds not germinating for some reason, even though the previous year they germinated fine,i am going to have another attempt this year. So is it best to use just plain seed compost as I did last year or is it better to incorporate some vermiculite to retain moisture.
    Also I was…[Read more]

  • Hello Walt
    Thanks for your reply which is just about the same results as claimed in the catalogue which is good news, I will give them a try this year. Last year I grew Desiree,which did very well but the only problem I had was scab which affected them quite badly, but they are fine once peeled. We are still using them now. I like to try new…[Read more]

  • I was looking at buying a few potato setts and came across a variety Carolus, I have not heard of them or know anyone who has tried these, they get a good write up in T&Ms catalogue. Has anybody grown these? if so what is the verdict bearing in mind I only grow in containers now. I would be interested to hear what the panel think.

  • Frank AKA seasider commented on the post, Sheila 3 months ago

    I am so sorry to read this very sad news, I have enjoyed many a chat with Sheila on allsorts of gardening issues,, always with a fair bit of humour as well as helpful comments on many of my questions, her input on […]

  • Frank AKA seasider posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thank you all for your kind remarks it is one I bought from Castle Howard I think 2 years ago so I am well pleased with it.

  • Frank AKA seasider posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Helleborus ( Christmas Rose ) Actually flowering at Christmas I think this is a first for me. :good:

  • Thank you for the link Walt and also thanks to Allan and Tony that information was just what I was looking for, you all are growing Alderman so that`s good enough for me :good:

  • Does anyone grow the tall variety of garden peas nowadays? The reason I am asking is I fancied growing peas again, but only having a small space to grow them in I was wondering if the taller ones would produce more peas. Is this the case?, if so what varieties are available I don`t seem to be able to find any but not knowing the names I am not…[Read more]

  • Frank AKA seasider posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    As you can see on here Anne the Hydrangea paniculata fits in fine as this can be cut back each year so no problem and also the Choisya stays compact so I will have to choose more carefully next time,ie take a list instead of just picking up what I fancy, roll on spring

  • Frank AKA seasider posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    I have had a sort out and removed dogwood and broom, I am having to get used to small garden and also plants growing twice as fast and big compared to my old garden. This one is much more sheltered I can`t believe the difference. I am going to have to think about what will be best here.

  • Frank AKA seasider posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    Broom & Dogwood gone mad this is one seasons growth from small plants, I will have to move them .

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