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Seeds are up!

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 15:07

Started tomatoes, sweet peppers and chillies last weekend on my heated bench and most toms were up after 3-4 days as expected.  I was a bit surprised to find about half of the peppers and chillies had also germinated when I inspected yesterday!  

Limiting myself to just ten varieties of toms (twenty last year) though so I have room to grow some aubergines (which are also now appearing.)

Love germination time!


Posted: 27/03/2016 at 14:00

I find they are all relatively short lived and usually get 3-5 years out of plant before they go toes-up.  'Blazing Sunset' is also my favourite and some of those are still going after about 8 years.

Glazing beads/bars

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 15:55

Peter, if it's horticultural glass and has been there a while, you need to be extremely careful when removing panes as they break into large dangerously sharp pieces very easily - always remove from the outside if possible and never stand below a pane as it is removed.  Toughened glass is nowhere near so lethal though.

Can narcissi cross breed?

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 14:24

I think I'd have the large ones out anyway for exactly the same reason as nut - would spoil the effect for me too!   I have some huge daffodils which have come up in the middle of a newly planted patch of lovely dwarf ones and they look awful.  I'm having them out as soon as the rain stops.  Doing it while they are in flower is the only way to be sure of which are which!

Can narcissi cross breed?

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 14:16

The vast majority of narcissi self-propagate by developing new bulbs underground and these are clones so are always true to type.  Crossing can occur, but will only affect plants grown from the seeds.  Narcissi seeds rarely develop and even if they do and go on to germinate, they will take several years to produce flowering bulbs.

Basically don't worry but if you want to be 100% sure just make sure you dead-head all of the flowers when they go over.

Strawberry Plants

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 14:05

The sooner the better.  Concentrate on the younger plants which have hopefully grown from runners and have no or only a small amount of woody stem.  Those with long woody stems are old plants and are past their best.

Is this plant a fern?

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 13:20

Yes, it could well be.  The transition from a spore through to a mature fern is an interesting one and is different from all other land plants.  What you have there look like gametophytes and the normal 'fern' leaves (sporophytes) will grow from them.




Nettle Feed

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 00:08

Here are a couple of links which may help, Larry:

Those seem to say that you chop up several banana skins, put into a bucket of water and leave for a few days.  Then strain and dilute with 5 parts water to 1 part banana tea before using on your plants.

What is eating all of my plants?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 19:49

Vine weevils in particular make the blood boil for most of us here!

Greenhouse advice or alternative?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 19:46

What area are you in Bettyslad?  Most of the things you mention (apart from tomatoes) would probably only grow well outside. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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