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Change of plan with the Mayor’s dinner for 160 people canciled and nothing much on till thursday I talked tony into paying for me to do the propergation day instead of doing just the bulb day at ‘Salutations’

Its a very friendly place, I had no problem going in on my own, felt at ease at once, if in reather plush surrounding’s!

I cant say I learnt a hell of a lot, but it was interesting.
Watching him demonstrait how to prepare an seed tray reminded me of showing someone how to make pastry. Seiving the soil to incorporate air, then the way he handled it, just made me smile. It showed a real love of the work!
Pointers 1. You need a square of wood the same size as a seed tray with a handle to flatten the surface, thats after leveling with a stick.
2. After shaking the seed evenly over the surface you cover them by seiving compost lightly across the surface.
3. You water by placing in a tray of water and letting the soil soak it up! No watering cans………

I think the biggest thing I learnt after the first day was the varity of plants you can take cuttings from. I’ve always restricted cuttings to shrubs. But just about anything can be done. I like the idea of using cuttings to change the time of flowering. If you take cutting from one of two plants. the plant trimmed will develope its flowers later, so extending the flowering season. Now thats cool.

Got out to find that Tony didnt realise by saying yes to a day out he wouldnt have anyone to cook his lunch, who say’s only children sulk!

Bulb’s tomorrow……….
Lunch left in fridge!

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What an interesting day... sounds like you learnt some interesting gardening facts, which you'll be able to put into practice during the year :o)

13 Apr, 2011


That was interesting. I hope you enjoy the bulb day :)

14 Apr, 2011


A last minute change of plans has reaped a few dividends for you. I hope you can use the pointers you picked up to plant your own seedlings.

If the bulbs have sprouted in the fridge then you could include 'salad leaves' in your lunch

14 Apr, 2011


Hi everyone,
Yes came straght home and took cutting from everything in the garden! And realised why they seive the compost, no lumps makes it easier.......
Bulb morning was just as interesting.
Learnt not to just dead head daffs, but to take the stalks as well ( stops the bulb rotting)
He is doing one on planting summer tubs next and I will be there!

15 Apr, 2011

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