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It's a busy time in the garden

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

It really is a busy time and to top it off I've had a really heavy cold.  My energy levels are low and I have a lot of jobs falling behind.   It's a great relief to see the end of the continuous frosty nights.  I've cultivated the garden and planted my potatoes, now I need to plant out some other vegetable plants I have here.

I'm in the midst of getting my onion bed ready in the tunnel and tomorrow when I finish I will close it up for a week to warm the soil before planting out.

The chrysanthemums are all in 5 & 6 inch pots in the cold-frames and the carnations are ready for potting on, so I must get on with mixing the compost.


Garden cultivated and ready for planting.


Most of the Chrysanthemums are out in the cold-frames, now there's room to start potting the carnations

Cold Frames

Peggy Ann


Onions & Leeks are lagging behind.

Getting ready to plant out onions.

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R.H.S. Growing Succes Talk, A first for the Rhondda Valley and a great success.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

What a good night we had last night at the Maes-yr-Haf Hall, Trealaw.  It was a privilege to be there to hear someone who really knows her subject.  I'm sure anyone who is remotely interested in growing herbs is now hooked.  Personally I'm quite looking forward to visiting Jekka's Herboretum. 

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R.H.S. Growing Succes Talk

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The Rhondda Gardening Clubs have an R.H.S. Growing Success Talk on Wednesday 17th April 2013 at 7.15pm at the Maes yr Haf Hall, Brithweunydd Road, Trealaw, Rhondda CF40 2UD  Tickets £5 RHS Members, £6 Non Members. 

The speaker is Jekka McVicar the Herb expert from Alverston, Avon.  Jekka runs a Herb Nursery and has won numerous awards at RHS shows, she is acknowledged as one of the countries herb experts.  The talk will be 'Growing Herbs & Herbs at RHS Shows. 


Tickets from Ivor Mace, 01443 775531.  or send to 2 Mace Lane, Ynyswen, Treorci, Rhondda, CF42 6DS


Jekka's exhibit in the 2007 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower show, her exhibit was awarded the Tudor Rose Award for best trade stand in show.



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New Link

Saturday, 09 March 2013

A new link has been added, its to Solufeed's website, this link will take you directly to the Microlife's sales page (Microlife and Antagon have the same beneficial Fungi)  I use this as a base fertiliser when mixing my potting composts.  I use 50% Microlife & 50% Medwyns Complete Base Fertiliser.  This is what I mix:-

60% moss peat

20 grit% Perlite or course

20% Sterilised loam.  

To every bushel (8 gallons) I add 2oz Calcified seaweed, 2oz Ground Limestone, 2oz Medwyns Complete Base Fertiliser, 2oz Microlife. This makes a compost of a John Innes number 1 strength. To make a John Innes number 2 just double the Microlife and Medwyns Complete Fertiliser. Keep the Calcified Seaweed and Ground Limestone unchanged. I never use a John Innes number 3.  After 4 weeks I feed with a Soluble feed at half strength. 

There is a good range of soluble feeds on the Solufeed website.

I've also added a link to Medwyn's of Anglesey and Chemigro a sister company to Solufeed. I'm often asked for a control of Mare's-tail and Japanese Knotweed. Well Chemigro have the weed killers to help you.  They also stock spraying equipment.



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Progress Report

Saturday, 23 February 2013

The severe cold spell has hampered my progress outdoors.  I would have liked to have pruned my climbing roses and tidied up the mixed border but these will have to wait till it warms up.

In the greenhouse I'm up to date because I've spent a lot of time there because its been so cold out doors.  My Onions & Leeks are beginning to grow away since I potted them on a week or so ago.  I have the sodium lights set to come on at 7.30am till 9.30am and again at 4.30am till 10pm. This ensures it doesn't get too hot around mid day till early afternoon.  The temperature gets down to about 8c at night and when the lights come on it soon raises to around 12c. This encourages the Leeks & Onions to stretch.  It is a phenomena known in horticulture as day diff.  If your temperature raises at day break and for the first 2 hours the plants will stretch, if they have warm nights and cool mornings the will stay stocky.

Of course this is not what we want for chrysanths and its too expensive to heat higher at night and vent in the morning so I spray with a growth regulator called B9.  By upping the auxin level the plants stay stocky.  This certainly helps because shorter plants are much easier to handle.

I've thrown away some chrysanthemum stools to make room for potting the first batch of cuttings.  Next week the last batch of cuttings will go onto the propagation bench.  Once these are taken all the remaining stools will be discarded and I can space out the young potted plants.  Good Light is important.

I have a few plants of Artemisia annua grown from seed sown at the same time as my onions, under lights.  I plan to graft a few chrysanthemums on to them in due course, just for the hell of it and to see what I can produce.

My carnations have been in 5 inch pots for a few weeks now and I've stopped all except for the Joanne's Highlight familly which I usually stop in March.


Onions & Leeks


Cuttings ready to send out

Artemisia annua                                              Young chrysanthemums potted into 9cm clay pots.




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