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Vine dilemma

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 21:11

Plant them now - if you leave them in pots you will only have to water them and protect against frost.

Dried up Tulip bulbs

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 21:09

Yes, bin them - bulbs are not like seeds, they can't be stored for a season.

Torquay Palms

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 21:38

You are best waiting until spring, when you can try digging up one of the shoots to see if it has roots and going from there.


Posted: 29/09/2012 at 21:36

Cut off the leaves and put the bulb somewhere cool - about 10C - for 12 weeks, leaving it completely dry for that period.

After that time bring into the warm and don't water until you see new growth, which you will fairly soon.

Difference between garden centre and grocery store herbs

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 16:58

I tend to agree with Kate. The difference isn't in the variety, but the way they're grown. Supermarket herbs are forced, in optimal conditions, so grow larger much more quickly than garden centre herbs. Garden centre herbs, being grown more slowly, are sturdier and stronger plants which can be planted outdoors. If you try and break up supermarket herbs and plant them out, you will find that they curl up and die because they are "soft" and have poor roots.

Saving tom seeds...

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 23:28

I have only saved them from reasonably ripe (red) tomatoes.

James Grieve apple

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 23:26

I might leave that alone for another year to see what happens. If you do dig it up, check that your hole hasn't turned into a pond, with water draining into it and staying there.

Bay pests

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 23:22

Or could it be bay sucker? Have a read here.

Strawberry plants

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 23:19

No reason why you shouldn't pot them up. Remove tatty or damaged foliage, leaving the crown. Keep lightly watered over winter - damp rather than wet - and watch out for insects.

what to do

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 23:16

Why did you cut everything back? Lilies will die back on their own, and can then have the dead foliage/stems removed.

Many herbs are hardy and should be left alone, e.g., bay, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme.

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