Latest posts by bigolob

Greenhouse interior design..

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 19:03

Lilylouise, this is a magnificent display of veg. and flowering plants and I admire your design and choice of plants.

I only use my GH in summer for Tomato plants and cuttings taken in August/September. All the flowering plants are in the outside beds., eg. Antirrhinums (I am sure that this is the correct spelling), Cosmos, Penstemum, Pelargoniums, etc. The Cosmos are sown in March with other bedding plants under heat.

The centre path in my 6x6 foot GH is a wooden walkway and the Tomato pots (18 inch) stand on shredded bark on both sides. It is always very interesting to see what different people do in their GH`s in trying to achieve much the same thing.

Years ago, my GH was 18x10 in which I grew Tropical plants but that was an era when heating oil did not cost a fortune. Under the same conditions (heating minimum 60 degrees from September to May) the plants which we later have seen in the West Indies were grown in their magnificent beauty.


Posted: 18/06/2013 at 18:38

The reason for Zonal Pelargoniums (bedding geranium) leaves turning red is that the temperature around them is too low. It is nothing to do with watering unless the plants are very dry at the roots - not likely as you are tending to them.

They will return to green when the temperature comes back to their liking.

What is this little tree..?

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 10:15

PS Can you show better pictures of the plant and closer views to be able to see the `brown` parts at the top?

What is this little tree..?

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 10:12

I looks like a Heuchera which is not a tree but an evergreen herbacious plant. They grow to around 1 foot to 18 inches in hight but If it is a tree and is some years old, it hasn`t grown much!

Difficult to say which Heuchera it is due to the photo - we have a large collection and it could be Key Lime Pie or Caramel depending on the amount of sun light it receives. They prefer semi shade otherwise the foliage changes colour.

Broad Beans Ready

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 10:01

Feel the bean size through the outer pod to find out the size. Depending on where you are , it is a bit too early for fully mature beans.

weed ID?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 09:58

Definately Feverfew. Dig the plant with root up with a trowel. They probably were visited on your garden by a bird.

Laurel hedge

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 16:41

Easy. As Bob says take cuttings as usual, cutting below a leaf bud, pot 5 cuttings in a 5 inch pot, water, cover in a plastic bag and they will root in 4-5 weeks. Keep the plants out of full sun and plant the rooted cuttings in the autumn.


Posted: 14/06/2013 at 16:36

I would not worry about the fish, they take time to settle in to their new home. Feed them with floating pellets which they will eventually find and realise they are for eating.


Bindweed :(

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 16:28

Don`t bother trying to pull or dig out roots of Bindweed as every minute bit you leave will produce more Bindweed shoots. The answer to the problem is to unwind every shoot wrapped around your shrubs, herbacious plants, etc. and without detaching the shoot, make a pile of the shoots and leaves and `blast` them with SYSTEMIC weed killer, eg. the new Weedol Root Kill Plus or Westlands Resolva 24H Action.

Last year I had mounds of Bindweed coming through, under and over the fence and using this technique I killed the whole lot in 2-3 weeks. But remember, DO NOT detach the leaves or stems from the roots, it must be the roots you kill.

Tomato leaves

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 17:51

I have read the latest research from the US on Tom leaves. They have found that the plants do not require more than 4 sets of leaves per plant as we are only feeding the leaves, not the fruit.

I remember having a patient who was at that time (1980`s) the head garden man for NORWEB (North Western Electricity Board, as was). He experimented with mercury lighting bulbs suspended above Lettuce, Toms, herbs, etc and found great increase in growth and crop size if the hours of light was extended. He was one of the first horticulturalists to show that Lettuce can be grown from seed sowing to full size in 3 weeks!

He also found that Tomatoes require a minimum ROOT temperature of 54 degrees (sorry you will need to convert that into the modern figures - I think around 12C) which means an AIR temperature of around 60 degrees for growth to occur.

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