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My wooden Troughs for Steragrm

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They have all been made from decking boards and are pretty strong and quite heavy average weight is 15 kilograms ( about the same as bag of Hort sand) They contain many winter and spring flowering dwarf Bulbs and other shade lovers such as Hepaticas, Soldanellas ,Small trilliums and of course many of my snowdrops ,Five of them spend from April to October outside in the shade to keep them cool while another Three stay in the warmth of the glass house these contain bulbs and corms that need to be dry and warm during the Summer months.and contain the cocus you have seen in the last few days.
All have a gritty mix and pieces of flatish stone set in them endways which is cool and allows free drainage also helps me keep the different varieties separated rather than all growing into one another.the grit on the surface helps to keep the compost cool and makes it easy to remove any weeds that germinate.
As to why i grow them this way they do not need yearly repotting,seedlings germinate readily where they fall I put that down to a more constant temperature in the larger planting area ,and of course being inside in winter I can enjoy them what ever the weather.
the few pics were taken earlier today the wire covers outside are to keep squirrel from stealing the bulbs .

Inside all year

I hope that that explains what it is all about I have reached an age where I no longer want or can crawl around the open ground in freezing cold the glass house has heat and light if I need it.
Brian

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Wow Brian, I think I'll have to forgo the pleasure of growing them then - I haven't got space to keep them under glass in the winter. I daren't have a glasshouse here as it gets so very windy in winter and the conservatory gets chokka with other stuff. It was very kind of you to go to all the trouble of taking those photos for me - much appreciated. I will just have to enjoy pics of yours each autumn...

29 Sep, 2016

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Bjs
 

Steragram You don't have to grow them as I do that is just what suits me. I do have more in stone troughs outside but they rarely do as well It is just to wet here. Phil (PCW) grows them without a glass house, Andrew does and others on goy.

29 Sep, 2016

 

Its pretty wet here too but the ground soon dries. Maybe worth a try then!

29 Sep, 2016

 

Brian - the troughs look really great and what a good idea - I still have the Hepatica seedlings grown from your seed and the cyclamen - perhaps I could use your idea to grow these ones on - Jane

30 Sep, 2016

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Bjs
 

Jane for me it works well on an average there is about ten plantings in each, they are a mix of small growing plants and bulbs which increase in numbers.have made a few mistakes and had to remove quick ,the worst was Dicentra Cucullaria, had always struggled with it in a pot but went mad spreading below the the soil level with many small bulbils, was quite a job to remove
B

30 Sep, 2016

 

this is just the ideas I need too Brian. I have finally retired and once I have attacked the garden and got it to where I think I want it I will start doing little specialities :o)

1 Oct, 2016

bjs
Bjs
 

Eileen
Although my weather is a whole lot different to yours we both seem have extremes and the troughs have proved very adaptable I also have covers that keep the rain off in very prolonged wet weather when outside.You may or may not want to move any you make around, If you do want to move them size becomes important,the very first one I made was larger and although I still have it in the garden it would take two strong people to move it nearly doubled in weight when watered.they are very easy to put together and if you want more information you only have to ask.
Happy retirement
B

1 Oct, 2016

 

Great way to grow & see the tinies, Brian. Do you have them lined & are your outside troughs on bricks, what do you do about algae/moss?

2 Oct, 2016

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Bjs
 

Green finger
the troughs are about 3 ft off the ground they are sat on a ladder lying horizontal supported by 3 trestles,they are not lined and no I have very little problems with moss however stone troughs i have outside all year round have a lot growing on them more than usual which can attributed to excessive rain we have had this year.what do i do about it remove it when i am in the right frame of mind.lol

3 Oct, 2016

vjd
Vjd
 

man they are great!!!!!!!!!!!

3 Oct, 2016

 

Thanks for the info, Brian, getting in the right frame of mind is the hard part, lol. I like your ladder idea, I have an old metal one I was going to throw out - think I'll keep it after all.

3 Oct, 2016

bjs
Bjs
 

Yes they can be very useful I have two old wooden ones made into arch ways for climbers.

Vjd and easy to make if you have a saw and a few screws.

4 Oct, 2016

 

Some good ideas there, Brian! As most of my spring bulbs, I don't have any autumn bulbs, are in pots on the balcony railings I have no problem in being able to appreciate them!

13 Oct, 2016

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