Alina W

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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.

stoney soil

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 12:02

The answer is not a lot, I'm afraid.

What kind of stones are we talking about - mixed rubble as in a new build, or small stones throughout the soil? If rubble, you really need to clear out as much of it as possible before planting. Small stones are less of an issue.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 11:58

I think it's the rain that's making all the difference, Frank.

Think of Ireland - lush, green - and always raining


Posted: 16/05/2012 at 11:55

Roses are pruned in spring, Feb-March, and even then they're not usually cut right back. If you prune them now, you'll lose all the flowers. Your best bet is probably to let them flower, but when dead heading cut the branches back to an outward facing bud about 6" from the ground.

That will encourage them to shoot from near ground level, and in future you'll be able to prune more lightly to maintain a good shape.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 11:22

Sunny but with a chill northerly breeze here in N. Yorks.

Just looked at the forecast - it's supposed to rain at the weekend.


Grass discolouration

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 21:55

If it gets dry, yes. Basically, just give it a bit of tlc for a couple of weeks. You should see results very soon.

Grass discolouration

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 21:41

It certainly should do, yes.

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