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Your favourite sowing medium?


 
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tippben
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:24 am    Post subject: Your favourite sowing medium? Reply with quote

Due to financial constraints, for the last couple of years I've been using cheapest multipurpose compost for my seedlings, with mixed results. I was working in the UK until recently, so I'm only just starting to sow my veggies and flowers (looks like I didn't miss much!)

I treated myself to some John Innes 1, and vermiculite, which I'm mixing 50/50. I use cling film until seeds have germinated, at which point I remove it. I have some peppers and basil sowed with the use of a heating mat, but I only have one of those...

Is my sowing mix adequate? Could I improve it? I'm sure I could.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If youv'e got a good loam garden soil you can mix this through your potting compost to make it go further.

Id generally use a general potting compost & perlite
3: 1 ratio.

for cuttings i add sand and superphosphate.

Then everything goes in seed trays with propagation lids and into my greenhouse..
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

westland seed compost is the best i've come across, lovely to work with and nice and fine, they say 25% better than other compost. i use it and would'nt have anything else, best on market 7 euro a bag
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