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Horticultural Epsom Salts

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 15:00

I don't think there is any difference other than one is approved for human consumption whereas the horticultural grade is not.

Romanesco cauliflower

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 14:18

I grew them using successional sowings a few years back and found they could take a bit of frost (unlike normal caulis), so worth trying that next time.

HELP. Tomatoe queries

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 14:13

The toms may make it if you can grow them in a conservatory or on a sunny windowsill indoors, but probably won't have time to ripen outdoors or in a cold greenhouse.  The peas should be fine though.

What is this plant?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 14:08

With an iPad you have to upload to a different site (eg picasa) and use 'external link' in the upload dialog after clicking the little tree.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 14:03

1 & 8 look like night scented stock to me (easy to tell - powerful fragrance in the evening.) 

4: poppies (in foreground)

5: lupin (in need of tlc!)

7: don't know but want one!

10: possibly a dwarf dahlia (or a weed!)




Posted: 10/07/2013 at 13:54

Potted trees can be planted at any time of the year, but for those in the ground wait until late autumn when the leaves drop and it goes dormant for the winter before moving them.

Wot no carrots?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 13:43

Are you 100% sure they are carrots?  The form and foliage look very much like love-in-in-a-mist (Nigella) to me.  Carrots have a separate stem for each leaf, all of which come from the top of the carrot.  Your plant seems to have a single stem with leaves emerging from it at vaying heights - that's exact;ly how nigella grows.  

Edit - or Cosmos as FB said - difficult to tell until the buds appear.

BTW, carrots don't transplant well - always best to sow them in-situ.  They send down one very long thin root from the seedling which eventually swells into the carrot.  This very delicate root invariably breaks if you try and transplant, unless you sow them in root trainers or loo rolls etc.


Chinese Trumpet Flower

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 20:55

Hi Sheena, as soon as the pods start going dry and brown you can cut the stem off at soil level and save the seeds for sowing next spring.  If you don't want to save the seed, cut each stem off immediately after the last flower drops off as this can extend the flowering season and they may throw up new flower stems - letting the seeds ripen on the plant will stop it producing new flowers - that's a general 'rule of thumb' with most flowering plants.

Magnolia Sieboldii trouble. HELP -Have a look please

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 19:27

The bud problem is probably something else - perhaps the shock of being moved, or the weather - a late frost can do that.  Once it settles in it should be fine.

Magnolia Sieboldii trouble. HELP -Have a look please

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 18:15

It looks very much like caterpillar damage, Bazrob.  The leaf middle-left looks as though there may be black droppings from them.  It's possible they have already moved-on or turned into a chrysalis.  Lots of caterpillars only feed at night to avoid birds, so might be worth taking a torch out after dark. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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DIY heated propagator

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