Alina W

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Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:49

Do you mean prick them out rather than planting them outside? You need at least one pair of "true" leaves. Keep them as light as possible once germinated so that they don't get straggly, and reduce the temperature a little if they're in the house rather than greenhouse.


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:39

They should be sown on the surface and not covered, but are best put into a plastic bag to keep them moist. They need a temperature of about 20C, and should take 2-3 weeks to germinate. Does that give you any possible clues?

Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:35

Are you sure it's honey fungus? Have you found the bootlace-like strands in the soil, for example?

crab grass or tall fescue

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:29

The only way that you can get rid of them is to dig them out or weedkill them, I'm afraid. Other than that, mowing regularly should reduce their vigour.

Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 21:28

Don't panic about the tree stump - it sounds like normal rotting. But get it removed by all means, just in case.


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 17:29

Sweet peas should be recognizable by the tendrils that they produce to climb, whilst tomato leaves have a distinct smell when you touch them. The sweet peas really should be outside by now - as already suggested, put them outside during the day.


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 16:55

Plants bolt when they flower and go to seed. I assume that your seeds haven't flowered yet, and are simply spindly?

If so, the problem is lack of light combined with too much heat. Once seeds have germinated they do best in a cooler place - too much heat will make them grow too fast and become leggy.

What kind of seeds did you plant, and when?


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 14:43

You should only plant up to seed leaves when potting on tomatoes, or most plants, for that matter.

However, tomatoes can put out extra roots from the stem, so other folk may well tell you that you'll be OK.

Help! How can you get rid of grass in the border?

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 21:34

Are there any plants in your borders? If not, you can simply weedkill the grass by watering on a glyphosphate-based weedkiller, carefully avoiding grass that you want to keep. It will take about a fortnight to kill the grass. After that, you can cover the borders with a weed-suppressing membrane until you are ready to plant.

too late to re-pot acer?

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 21:30

It's never too late to pot something on. If it's too big for the pot, it needs potting on. The only possible exception is the depths of winter when it's not growing.

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