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Closing drills when seed sowing.

06 May 2010 10:03:43
Prunus.White cherry blossom.Name unknown.

Prunus.White cherry blossom.Name unknown.

Starting off damp this morning.No plans for the garden this evening.Spent an hour in the tunnel last night and filled another tub.The temperature was up to 10 deg,so allowed me in and out of the tunnel at times to the garden shed.When finished the temperature was reading just above 9 deg,so growth still happening.

To cover seeds,it is so important to return the soil carefully.Dont bury them to kingdom come,or they wont appear.Cover them using the back of the rake,and working along the line of your drill.Not done across it.Then lightly firm the soil with the back of the rake.In some cases i return soil with my finger to be on the safe side.Again always remember not to cover them to deep or leave them treaded into heave soil.I leave markers of a little compost,especially with some new seeds to avoid hoeing them when removing weeds that appear.Onions especially hate being interfered with while growing.Any weeds near them are hand picked,very carefully.

Yesterday at lunchtime i took a picture of the Prunus [cherry blossom] in the middle garden here and would appreciate the full name for it.


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fran m fran m 06 May 2010 11:04:23

John, that brings back memories of what my Dad told me about covering seeds. 

Great cherry blossom photo.

Wellie Wellie 06 May 2010 13:43:03

Looked up the (Prunus) cherry blossom and for the white flower ones got the following info John, In the ordinary cherry group you will find the Bird cherry P.Padus (20 ft,almond scented white flowers in May, column like growth habit) and the Wild cherry P. avium ( 40 ft, white flowers in April, erect growth habit). There is also the Japanese cherries,P.Shirotae ( 20 ft, white fragrant flowers in April, spreading growth habit) and the Great White Cherry P.Tai Haku ( 35 ft, large white flowers in April, spreading habit). As everything is a little behind this year it's hard to know but I think yours sounds like the first one, hope this helps.

LNolan LNolan 06 May 2010 22:01:45

Think i've often been guilty of putting seeds in too deep and covering with big pieces of soil John. Then wondering why they're not germinating. I was putting down some more runner beans last week and put them in small pieces of compost, in the buckets of soil. The compost was showing on top of the soil so i thought what a good way to mark seeds sowed.

Lìga Lìga 07 May 2010 07:24:36

Very good tips for beginners.

Johnplotman Johnplotman 07 May 2010 09:45:31

Similar memories here also Fran,[Thanks].The family bring back stories many times  of earlier years in the vegetable garden.

Johnplotman Johnplotman 07 May 2010 09:50:38

Thank you so much for all the information on the Prunus for me,Wellie.I will look through some of the books later for that name.Thanks again.

Johnplotman Johnplotman 07 May 2010 10:00:07

Good luck with all the Runner bean [Phaseolus coccineus] growing Liam.A good idea with the compost marker you done there.Earlier in the week on one of the roots beds i done along the same lines with some vegetable seed,and a marker.Some years back i thought similar and wondered why seeds never appeared in one small area.All beans now never go below 50mm.


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