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Today at 20:46:37 by davholla | Views: 12 | Comments: 0

I have read that spider plants reduce humidity, has anyone else found this to be true or not?  Or is it true for any other plants.
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Today at 19:27:46 by George the Pigman
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Well I have always been a fairly conventional allotmenteer - certainly as regards plot management. I have a standard sized plot with rather clayey soil and usually plant and sow things across it in rows. I have done this for nearly 30 years whilst most allotments on site have gradually moved to raised beds.The only raised bed I have is one I set up for blueberries so I could try and keep the soil on the acidic side.
Now, as age takes its toll, and digging gets harder I have decided to bite the bullet and to move to raised beds to make things a bit easier. I also can see the advantage of being easily able to erect netting and fleece on the beds where necessary.
But where to start! Should I set up raised beds for all my veg? Surely not for potatoes??
Should I have a mixed plot with raised beds and rows?
Normally I rotate the plot every year. How does rotation work with raised beds -particularly if I have a mixed rows/raised beds plot.
Anyone any advice or opinions?
Yesterday at 21:20:52 by Digeroo
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I do like jiffy plugs.  I bought 100 but that does not seem to be that many.  They are expensive.  But I think they will make potting on much easier. 
What do people think? 
I cannot decide whether to splash out get 1000. They can come out of my petrol budget.  I am just not going anywhere.  Asda are delivering for £6 a month.  They are much cheaper pro rata and would probably last me a couple of  years.  I cannot decide.
Yesterday at 15:50:14 by Digeroo
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I am so thrilled that my Lobelia Cardinalis germinated well.  The seeds are miniscule and so are the seedlings. 
But now they are growing bigger.  I am please to say they all have red first leaves like the mother plant.    So now I need to get them growing as fast as possible so they flower this year.  After a month since sowing they are still small.  I am hoping for 4 inches by early May, which is how I bought the mother plant.
They are currently sharing my SAD lamp.   And so far mother is doing well too, the small ring of leaves at the bottom of the plant looking happy.  Also sharing the SAD lamp is antirrhinum.  They have small seeds as well, but much bigger than the lobelia. They are in jiffy peat plugs so potting on should be easier. 


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