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Tomatoes & Cucumbers

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 11:25

Chris, I would avoid using that, partcularly on the tomatoes, as it's likely high in nitrates and will encourage lots of leafy growth and may delay fruit production.  You get the best from tomatoes by not over-feeding and not over-watering them, especially while they are young plants.

National nude gardening day!

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 10:41

Just tried it.  Where have all the birds gone?!


Posted: 02/05/2015 at 10:39

Meomye, only tree peonies can be propagated from cuttings.  Herbaceous types which disappear in winter have to be split in autumn:

If it produces seed, you could also try growing those but the resulting plants may not be the same as the parent.

will day nuetral strawberries produce first year?

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 10:23

Johngreen, yes you will get crops in the first year with day-neutral strawberries.  No need to remove flowers in their first year like normal types.  As you are growing 50 of them, you should have useful amounts of fruit from June onwards. 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 22:13

The first tree peony bud opened today:


hobbies ie arts and crafts........

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 22:02

I'm an amateur astronomer when the Sun goes down and enjoy taking images of the universe.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 19:27

Used another day's holiday up today and top dressed all of the blueberries with a mix of ericaceous compost and well rotted FYM.  Two of them had been growing in one very large pot so decided to remove one and give it a new home by itself - hoping it doesn't get lonely and sulk!   Discovered the Lingonberry which is growing in another large pot amongst the blueberry pots had rooted (layered) itself into several of the blueberries, so snipped those off and potted them up and now have 5 Lingonberries instead of one.   

A friend lost all of his tomato plants when he forgot to water them or open any windows in his greenhouse for a few days so invited him round and he left with 12 plants of 8 different varieties;  I grew so many this year that I can't even tell there are a dozen less waiting to go into the GH & polytunnel - will probably give away another few dozen before long and will still have too many!


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 14:00

Just like trowels then Dove!   Now, where did I last use it?...

How much stone to remove.

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:58

Small stones also help the soil to warm up faster (in scientific terms, they have a lower specific heat capacity than wet soil) as well as aiding drainage.  The only place you don't really want them is where you are growing carrots or parsnips as the roots will fork when they hit a stone on their way down.

bulb planting advice

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:48

Yes, bring them inside Beaus Mum and give them some tlc.  They originate from Mexico, so are rather "hot-blooded"!   The warmest spot with the most direct sunshine you can manage to find will give them the best chance of performing.  I honestly consider them more of an indoor bulb for your sunniest windowsill.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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