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first time tomato grower seeks advice

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 17:20

Watering Toms is entirely according to how hot the GH is and how damp the growing medium is. It is NOT every few days no matter what. Water when the compost or in pots or soil is drying out otherwise the fruit can split if dryness occurs.

Fertiliser can be applied weekly or at present with the hot weather every 2 days. The common way to feed is every secong watering.

flowers failing to open

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 21:38

It seems to be a rotten year for courgett plants. There were none available to buy in my local garden centres in April or May (due I was told to the growers not being able to germinate the seeds and grow on due to the weather in March) and even hard to find up to June.

My plants were put under cloches in the veg. plot in early June and even now with the warm weather, they are lethargic and not producing the number of flowers as in previous years. I suppose we will just have to try again next year!


Can you identify this plant and is it ill/deficient?

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 21:26

At least I got the plant name right!!

Can you identify this plant and is it ill/deficient?

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 09:31

I think it could be a Choicia (Mexican Orange) which requires ACID soil or compost and that is the reason it is not happy. Water the plant with Sequestrin from a garden centre.

best feed for a new lawn

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 09:21

DO NOT feed a lawn sown only 2-3 months ago and certainly do not use selective weed killers at this stage even if some weeds appear. Lawn feed can be used in the form of `Lawn Sand` available from garden centres next mid March depending on the temperature - this year in Cheshire, the temperature rarely reached above 40 degrees F. in March meaning that the Lawn Sand was not applied until mid April.

This will rapidly green-up the grass and help the new lawn to thicken up ready for the first summer fertiliser in early May.

Strange branches on tomato plant

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 19:00

I was given some Black Russian seedlings 2 years ago and grew them to fruiting. Not only did they look unattractive alongside our usual Toms but the flavour was awful and left an unpleasant after taste in the mouth.

Never again!!


Posted: 02/07/2013 at 18:55

How about Broad Beans (Claudia), Tomatoes (Gourmet and/or Gardener`s Delight), Runner Beans or Spring Cabbage. The list is endless!


Posted: 02/07/2013 at 18:51

I would think that Paula has got it right. Oleanders are magnificent shrubs in Italy and other southern European countries, some varieties with the most wonderful heady scent. If you think about the temperature in spring summer and autumn in Italy (65 to 80 F) you will realise why the leaves are curling and not looking too happy.

If you can take the plant into a GH or  conservatory or other light room in your home, it will soon recoved with the warmth and a feed of Tomato (high Potassium/Potash) fertiliser.

Runner Beans

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 18:59

Last year my wife and I had Runner Bean in an 18 inch pot filled with ordinary compost from a garden centre (8 plants) and had a very good  crop inspite of the dreadful summer.

We put 6 foot canes in the pot - 1 for each plant and they wound their way up around the canes to the hight required and were then `stopped` by pinching out the growing point at around 6-7 foot.

Rather like Tomato plants, do not start feeding until the first flowers set and small beans appear. Feed them with Tomato (high potassium) fertiliser weekly and do not allow them to dry out in their pot. While in flower it will help if you spray the flowers daily (unless it is raining!) with water to increase the set from flower to beans.




Posted: 19/06/2013 at 09:58

Thank you Verdun, I agree with your comments on watering.

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