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Cosmos and Cauliflower

26 January 2010 12:46:46
Cosmos and Cauliflower.

Cosmos and Cauliflower.

After the strenuos work in the east bed yesterday I decided to sow some of my seeds and it was very frosty here this morning so not really good for outdoor work. All this activity with propogators convinced me to buy one when shopping at Hombase a week ago, I bought a Stewart one at £37:00 stg that can hold 2 seed trays and this morning I sowed my first seeds in cell trays and now hopefully they are on their way to germination. Both trays are sown with 2 seeds per cell so it'll be interesting to see what happens.

The Cosmos that I sowed is Seashells Red and I plan to sow more later I'll have a good display of flowers over long period of time and will sow some seeds direct in late April or May.

Cauliflower is one of the vegetables we most frequently use and although I tried them through plants that I bought last year they weren't very successful as they seemed to be damaged by slugs or snails so any tips how to prevent damage would be appreciated.


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Myrtle Myrtle 26 January 2010 13:02:37

Your making a good early start! will be interesting to see how they do.

Hoeys Hoeys 26 January 2010 13:07:35

its a great feeling to have seeds done. propogator looks qiuet big. well done and i am sure you can not wait to see a small heads coming trough

fraoch fraoch 26 January 2010 20:06:59

Good luck with those!

Johnplotman Johnplotman 26 January 2010 21:20:05

Good luck with all the seed starting Cloncaw.The slugs and snails are real unwelcome enemies.Wet seasons are the most serious damage.They feed mainly at night.When you see the silvery trail of slime left behind on the foliage this will help you distinguish the slug and snail damage to the type from caterpillars.Only in very serious cases do i use slug pellets.If all gets out of hand scatter some between the plants until damage stops.The snag is,dont let them on the plants or you will attract a type of mould disease.If you like you could always try either coarse sand,a sprinkle of soot,egg shells.  

Mairin Mairin 26 January 2010 21:21:25

Yes, it does look big.  Can't wait to see how you get on. 

Cloncaw Cloncaw 26 January 2010 22:34:56

I cann't wait to see what happens at the moment it's in the utility room, but may actually set it up on shelving in the basement, I think I'll make a work area by the windows where I have the seed potatoes chitting there at the moment. John do you think a copper strip fixed around the raised bed prevent the snails and slugs from causing damage.

Johnplotman Johnplotman 26 January 2010 23:21:14

It will indeed Cloncaw.What they do is give them a slight shock.Wont harm them but will do the job fine.Once they have no entry they will be defeated.The snails can rest for up to 3 years without  leaving the shells and still not forget to call back to attack.Sadly it wont defeat the cabbage white butterflies,but the nets will quickly wipe them out also.The important thing about putting on nets is that they cant be to near the brassicas,[cauli cabbage etc]If the cabbage whites get even with in a touch of the green leaves they will do as much damage as been lying on them.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 27 January 2010 22:40:30

John thanks for the advice will have to organise supports and netting as a priority along with how to deal with our slimey foes. Funny today there must have been about 20 thrushes out on the paddock infront of the house they need to move to the kitchen garden.


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