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Grass has black after using evergreen extreme green

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 19:38

Dog pee is just super concentrated fertiliser so will scorch exactly the same as over doing fertiliser....

Could the OPs yellow patches be down to a pet peeing on the lawn?

Pee or fertiliser, water it down and wait and see.

Bats in the belfry

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 13:46

Well, there is some blooper footage of David Attenborough in a cave full of bats explaining that their echolocation is so good that they never fly into things when one gets caught up in his hair.... He was in a cave with thousands of bats though, so it is extremely rare.

This might include it (can't view videos on this PC):

Growing Tomatoes Up String

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 13:31

I have seen the opposite a couple of times too - a flower truss in the usual place which has leaves (but not a full growing tip) beyond the flowers. It's just natures way.

If you aren't sure about a side shoot, let it grow for a bit until it becomes clear whether it is going to continue producing new shoots and diverting energy from the main plant, or just stop as a branch or flower truss. It is never the end of the world if you end up with a double stem, it's just more efficient if you can get all the side shoots.

I often leave the topmost side shoots for a few days until I am sure the main growing tip is still going strong (had one stop prematurely once).


Posted: 30/06/2015 at 13:22

Here in Scotland we seem to be struggling to get the berries to form - I'm in the central belt and dad is in the NW highlands but both our strawberry beds have produced plenty of flowers but the berries seem to be taking ages to develop, biggest spotted so far was about the size of my little fingernail.

We are hoping they are just a bit late due to the cool and windy weather this spring, but getting jealous of those of you already enjoying yours!


Tomato seedling mix up - can anyone identify?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 23:50

Don't lose hope - someone might be able to tell them apart for you. I'm not familiar with those varieties but I am growing Shirley and Tomatoberry this year and the plants are very different (although both indeterminate) Shirley is much stockier with thick stems and lots of branches close together, also the leaves are more serrated. I'm sure there are people out there who can tell other varieties apart....

tomatoes is this normal?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 23:37

I know what you mean Green Magpie - the advice for lawns is not to water them after midday so the grass is dry before it gets cool to avoid conditions that grass diseases thrive in, but mother nature is happy to water mine all night long

Do people have trouble with sun scorch outdoors or only underglass/polythene? I can't help wondering if water evaporates more slowly in the relatively still conditions in a greenhouse compared to outside with any amount of breeze? I can't say I've noticed such an effect though.

More Peas?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 00:49

It might depend on variety, but after I pick all my Hurst Green shaft (and I think Kelvedon Wonder too, although I don't like them as much) the plants flower again so I get a second crop a few weeks later.... If the packet says something like 'keep picking to prolong harvesting' you might not need to sow anything, just see if the old plants flower again. As a backup maybe you could start some more in guttering or something and if the existing plants don't do anymore, swap them out...??? (just an idea - not tried it myself, although peas started in a seed tray are now growing well in final position)

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 00:41

Yay - home grown spuds with my tea tonight (and tomorrow)!

(not to mention more radishes!)

Shouldn't be too long now before I have peas and spinach, if only the sun would come out occasionally....

New Potatoes

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 00:39

Get in and rummage, my Arran Pilots haven't flowered or died back but were overdue so I had a rummage earlier and easily found enough spuds for tonight and tomorrow - hopefully I'll have time to turn the bag out next week and harvest them properly.

filling up the space

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 15:05

Something that grows fast like radishes, peas will grow at an alarming rate at this time of year and anything too slow will soon be overshadowed.

I used to grow radishes between rows, but this year I am experimenting with peas in trough planters so there is nothing between the rows, but I have more space in my raised bed for radishes and spinach!

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