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  1. jan
    April 3, 2012 @ 12:22 am

    This looks thrilling-can’t wait to start sowing, but have just seen the weather forecast for the next few days-sleet and snow!! Will start the modules in the polytunnel first, then wait for the next lot of sunshine.

    • Ben
      April 3, 2012 @ 7:07 am

      Good idea…it’s great to see stuff popping up in the modules. #hope :)

  2. sue milner
    April 2, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    Have you sown Zinnia in modules, I didn’t think think they liked the root disturbance, nor the cold to be sown outside?

    • Ben
      April 2, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

      Either sow Zinnia in mid May directly in the ground or sow them in modules fairly late…say mid April…this way their root system is not so developed in the modules to be annoyed with you when you plant out. Water the modules an hour before you sow them…this makes the compost more cloggy (?) and is more likely to hold together. We do both direct sowing and module sowing. Talk to them nicely using your best Mexican accent…this helps them feel at home.

      • sue milner
        April 2, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

        Gracias Higgeldy Ben :-))

        • Ben
          April 3, 2012 @ 7:05 am

          de nada.

  3. LadyBizBiz
    April 2, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    Seeds having arrived I thought I’d pop back to investigate whether I’d find planting guidance or not …… thank you Ben, this is exactly what I was looking for, you are a STAR!

    Popping across to a browser now to find the ‘Let’s Grow’ mini greenhouse. My only concern, having experienced this over the years, is that here on the moorland the winds tend to batter the plastic greenhouses something awful – do you stake yours into the ground?


    • Ben
      April 2, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

      They come with pretty flimsy pegs…you could pick up something more stout from a camping shop…I got that one because it is quite low slung…you could also bury the sides a few inches down with a little effort. Be warned that my local Garden centre ‘country gardens’ gave me that £19.95 deal which is half price…you may not find the same deal…defo worth shopping around as almost every gc I have been to has big reductions on at least one. That one I got is great because it also will act as a giant cloche for somethings that don’t grow too tall like Godetia…after I’ve finished germinating seeds…

  4. Anne
    April 2, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    Fab Ben, will now start to Dow again to make up for the ones that the slugs got!

    • Ben
      April 2, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

      Pesky wildlife!!! grrrrrr

  5. Barney
    April 2, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    Fantastic just what I have been looking for, information from someone who walks the walk.


    • Ben
      April 2, 2012 @ 9:39 am

      Thank you Barney…we do indeed ‘walk the walk’ though sometimes it’s more of a shuffle foxtrot combo. :)
      One of the main premises we have at HG is to grow EVERYTHING we sell…and share our experiences ‘warts and all’.