Isle Of Wight,
thanks everyone for your help
can you make me some trousers lol sorry i couldnt help myself .i hope your well take care bye for now xx
23 Feb, 2010
Sounds like either the compost is not entirely clean, or more likely the water, unless you used tap water?
Depending on the seeds sown, it is probably not a good idea as the mould may cause them to damp off as emerging, especially fine seed.
If they are something tough, they might be ok.
Try watering with a dilute solution of Cheshunt compound (are we still allowed to buy it?) or another weak copper based fungicide. Always use clean pots and above all clean water, not stuff out of a water butt.
You could still get Cheshunt powder a couple of years ago. I agree about watering/spraying with a copper based fungicide and I would also lightly scratch the surface of the compost to stop the mould forming a skin.
With regard to rain butt water, this is my prefered option when it is not frozen solid!!!
From the picture it looks like you're using biodegradable pots, like Erin pots or something similar. They do tend to go mouldy. So long as the mould doesnt' form a skin over the compost, then dont worry too much. However, grey mould (the sort that gives off a cloud of spours when you touch them) are pretty bad news for seedings. There are lots of different types of mould tho and it might be that the sort on your pots will not harm your seedlings.
Incidentally, it's usually best toseal your pots of seeds in polythene bags or propagators to start them off and this might help keep the fungus at bay while the seed germinates. I would avoid using Erin pots for germinating most sorts of seed in any event.
I know that you are as far south as we can get but I wonder if there is enough day length yet, I've had a white deposit sometimes but usually if its been cold and grey so that the compost doesn't get warm right through, is that a little misting bottle? i'd prefer just to have damp compost, sow the seeds and water them in, I usually use seed trays and even without bottom heat use a ventilated propagator cover and dry it our regularly only watering when really nessesary, here in the midlands I won't start anything for another month at least depending on the weather
The only seeds I've sown so far are the ones that need a period of cold stratification (they're in the fridge or in the greenhouse) and a few that are slow to germinate and need a long growing season (they're in a heated propagator). All the others I'll leave for another month. As Pam says - daylight length is an issue at the moment.
my information was know good then. how about a whole suite .perhaps you can knit and make me a patchwork quilt cover lol.
come on lighten up i know its bean a long winter but there is light at the end of the tunnel.cheer up.
turn that frown upside down.
take care bye for now
regards leigh aka www.noseypotter.com
you're too big to knit for Np-- I remember knitted swimming costumes when you got them wet :0)
I do knit but at the moment just for dolls etc. not too many stitches Lol
PS Np it has been a long winter and as its snowing again.....
no it cant be pamq . i dont fancy the knitted swim suit bye the way or diving while wearing them especialy if the water is cold lol .knit one pearl one theres nothing you can tell me about knitting lol .take care bye for now.im of now to jump about angryly about the snow snivel lol x x .
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