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Posted: 19/04/2015 at 12:57

Lyn, for most Daphnes a sheltered position in humus-rich, slightly alkaline soil is best, which sounds like exactly the opposite to your site, so I would go or something else to avoid disappointment!


Posted: 18/04/2015 at 13:53

I had aphids on the growing tips of my several of my young Scot's Pines and the only thing that worked was Provado (I tried several 'organic' remedies, including everything mentioned here.)  I don't normally use insecticides but as there is zero danger to bees and other pollinators from careful use of a systemic insecticide on conifers (because all conifers are pollinated by wind), I relented in this case and cleared the problem in one application.

New here. 😊

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 13:44

Hi Wonky from Dove from Above! Welcome to Terry, too.

Novice veg grower

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 12:26

Hi Meomye, that is a lot of questions, so apologies if I miss anything!

Tomatoes:  They will be fine in the 3" pots for now but when they are about 8-10 inches tall, plant them in their large pots, which should be about 10-12 inches diameter.  Plant them deeper than they are in the little pots - bury the stem up to the first pair of leaves.  Both of those varieties are 'indeterminate' aka 'cordons' and, contrary to the advice you were given, you do need to remove sideshoots which appear at the junction between the main stem and leaves.  See here:

Do not start feeding until you see tiny baby tomatoes forming on the first flowering truss, then feed with tomorite or similar, diluted as directed on the pack but no more than once a fortnight, and don't water them until the top 1 inch of compost is completely dry or they show signs of wilting.  Over-watering and over-feeding are the two biggest mistakes that those new to growing tomatoes make - controlled neglect will reward you with tastier fruit and healthier plants!  Only ever water the compost, never get water on the leaves. You can grow them in the unheated greenhouse but I'd wait for a few weeks before putting them in there just in case it gets too cold at night - if you have a maximum-minimum thermometer, keep an eye on it and you are good to go when it doesn't get lower than about 6-7 degrees for a week.

Your peppers will probably be best in the conservatory as they are heat lovers and 8-10 inch pots are fine for them.  No pinching out of sideshoots and feed with half-strength tomato feed once a fortnight once you see the first flowers.  If the greenhouse is sunnier than the conservatory, move them into there once night-time temperatures aren't dropping below 10C. 


Block paving - How do I weed it?

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 11:27

They are called 'flame guns' and you can hire ones with 3 or 4 heads, which will clear an area about 2-3 feet wide in each sweep.  They are cheap to hire.

Plant or weed ID

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 21:01

Yes, well spotted nut & I agree with dove - move violets and dig-out the sedge.

difficult (imo) id please

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 20:57

Aquilegia and just about to flower, so let it do that and keep the ones you like most.  It readily self-seeds if you decide you like it. 

Plant or weed ID

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 19:17

Aquilegia, Dog violet, one of the willowherbs.  All are wild flowers which could be considered weeds, mainly because they are all masters of self-seeding themselves everywhere!


Posted: 16/04/2015 at 19:12

Lots of folk are complaing about this - it's nothing to do with adverts, but is a problem caused by Apple themselves.  See if any of these solutions work for you:


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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Replace or cut back hard? 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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