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SOWING SEEDS 2019?

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by lowrider69, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. Sheal

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    We seem to have two threads running on growing from seed. The other is in Propagation. :scratch:
     
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      YES.
      Several species commonly known as columbine. Seeds and roots contain cardiogenic toxins which cause both severe gastroenteritis and heart palpitations if consumed. The flowers of various species were consumed in moderation by Native Americans as a condiment with other fresh greens, and are reported to be very sweet, and safe if consumed in small quantities. Native Americans also used very small amounts of the root as an effective treatment for ulcers. However, medical use of this plant is difficult due to its high toxicity; columbine poisonings are easily fatal.[35 ]
      Check Wikie pedia/poiosonous plants. Info well worth keeping.
       
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        Thanks Mike. :thumbsup: It was a good idea that I've now dropped due to the horses I have as neighbours.
         
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          Thank you for the info UpsyDaisy. :thumbsup:

          Aquilegia are part of the Ranunculus family surprisingly, which I believe are all poisonous.
           
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            It's fair to say that most plants can be poisonous in some way or other. We including animals, eat tomatoes. The plant is poisonus but the fruit is OK. Rhubarb, stems are OK. Leaves poisonus. The common spud. The tuber is OK but any green on it is poisonus and also th plant, the hulm. Some fruits have to be skinned/peeled before eating. Some plants, food crops have to be cooked first. The number of times we might bight into something and we straight away spit it out. A good sign that there is something wrong.

            Regarding animals. They also have great senses and usually manage to bypass problem plants. Usually if an animal does swallow a nasty, they will find a natural remedy usually making themselves vomit, regurgitate it. How often you may see a dog or cat chmping away at a bunch of grass. For horses, Ragwort and Docks are really dangerous. I have often seen New Forest folk out with bin bags, pulling up ragwort. Locally, the council have opened up fields for horses to graze. One field used to be allotments, due to vandalism folk gave up. Believe me, there is more Docks than grass, horses find the latter.
            Please don't misunderstand me. I am an animal lover as well but perhaps sometimes we may be worrying a bit too much.
             
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              Personally I don't worry about poisonous plants in my garden, I know what they are and take care, but I don't want to be accused of poisoning someone's horses that have eaten something I've planted. :doh:
               
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                Pricked out echinops tienschanicum
                And echinops bannaticus 'the giant'
                The tienschanicum are coming up really easily but I've only had 1 bannaticus germinate, trying them out of the propagator now, the small one is the bannaticus.
                 

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                  I just started some marigolds and 4 o'clocks.

                  I'm almost down to the last of my seeds that can be sown indoors and transplanted.

                  I am also going to try, again, to grow Carnations- the tall fragrant ones. The packet doesn't say I need to freeze the seeds first but I seem to recall that's what was called for the last time I started them.

                  Anyone know if scarification is needed?
                   
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                  Wowee! what busy bee you are. OK. I have fallen for it in the past. We have windowsill, going one better, I have a kind of cold frame. Hey you. I have a superduper greenhouse.

                  So now is the time to start sowing seeds. So, where do I start?

                  Having a greenhouse is an advantage. If you have the financiual ways and means. A greenhouse can in a modest way, allow you to artficially control nature. Here under glass if your purse allows. You can create your own mini horticultural world. You can instal out and out protection viz a glass enclosed enviroment. Now you can add heating and ventilation, followed by irrigation. So the stage is set.

                  Now you obtain the growing medium. Now the seed.

                  Hey ho! I sowed twenty, fifty packed of seeds. Lots of veg, some fruits and loads of flowering plants.

                  Good for you.
                  Now. Have you help with pricking out, potting up, planting out?
                   
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                    Ha ha, you make it sound like a lot of work Mike....and it is:sad:

                    However, I sow only a relatively few seeds...veg and annuals/biennials....preferring to grow perennials or tender perennials (propagated by cuttings) :)
                     
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                      Thought you guys might find this interesting.

                      this thread was started cuz I wanted to know the best way to sow seeds but a lot of others joined in and give me some great advice and ideals on what to grow this year which was I liked the petunias seeds/plants .

                      so I thought I would try a little experiment to see how they seeds and young plants come out.

                      I started all the seeds under 5pcs x0.5M LED Grow light Strip Lights 5050SMD DC 12V For for 12 hours a day a while ago now.
                      I took around half of the young plants out after a few weeks and kept them on my bedroom window sill with the lights on them 12 hours a day, the others I put on another window sill in the kitchen and let them have normal hours of sunlight and we have had some nice sunny days.

                      this is the results with the bigger plants being the ones that had been under lights.

                      I will be putting them under the lights now to bring them on faster cuz as you can see the results were really good. they were only £8.99 off ebay and use very little lecky so i,m well happy with my lights there great for seeds that need light to start off or young plants.

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                        Nice going @lowrider69 !

                        I like your strip lighting. The only strips I could get with that configuration for growing were ones in a ballast and quite expensive. Would you mind sharing your source for those please?
                        thank you
                        Lori
                         
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                        I got mine off ebay (link below) try and get a set with a UK plug if your in UK they do tend to be a few quid more with the UK plug but I hate the euro plugs. you can add to them mind they just plug into each other so you can have as long or as short as you want them.
                        yea ballast lights would be a lot to run as well these work just fine for what I want

                        5pcs x0.5M LED Grow light Strip Lights 5050SMD DC 12V For Greenhouse Plant Seeds | eBay
                         
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