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Posted: 15/07/2016 at 22:01

I grew mine on in pots for over 2 years, repotting annually and only planted out the larger ones this spring which were about 40cm tall and had roughly a dozen leaves.  I honestly don't think they would have survived had I planted them out any younger and it may have been impossible to distinguish them from grass.  I didn't lose any of them after repotting although one or two of the weaker ones lost their leaves in the first winter but the bulbs re-sprouted in the spring although they are still growing weakly.

Fertilizing corn plants

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 20:54

 Nitrogen is their main nutritional requirement.

White bugg eggs on tomato plant

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 18:01

Eggs of the Tomato moth (Bright-line, Brown-eye moth) I think allson.  They can devastate a tomato crop so, although I generally go with a 'live and let live' attitude in the garden, I have suffered from bad infestations of this so would get rid.

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Orange is the colour

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 17:31

There are some orange crocosmias.  Also californian poppy, hemerocallis (day lily) and agastache 'apricot sunrise' immediately come to mind.


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 17:25

Hi Seakale, the dierama I bought as a substantial plant took 2 years to flower and those I am growing from seed are in there 3rd year and I don't expect them to flower for a couple of years more, so fully agree with you.  Once they do start, the number of flowering 'wands' increases noticably every year - last year 5, this year 10 (just went out and counted them!)

Soft fruits grown near Digitalis purpurea (foxgloves)

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 17:11

In a word, yes, completely safe.

What to do with used compost

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 17:09

Continue to use it as you are doing.  On clay soil the organic matter is beneficial as it improves the soil structure.  The only thing lost is the nutrients which are easily added back.  In fact some folk re-use multi-purpose compost even in pots and other containers for several years by simply mixing in fish, blood and bone or other general purpose fertliizers to replace the nutrients taken up by plants.  No need to ever throw away spent compost (unless you have nowhere to use it.)

Windows 10?

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 15:30

Nora, I can open that link using Edge, IE11 and Firefox all running in Windows 10 64-bit so whatever the issue is it seems a bit obscure (as these things often are!)

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 15:08

Looks like a campanula of some type.  Unfortunately there are lots of them so can't be more specific.

Laying turf over compacted hardcore

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 15:05

I agree with FG - try a fork first.  If the area isn't too compacted all you would need to do is dig it over and lay some topsol on top.  If it is loose enough to dig with a fork then it should provide good drainage and 15cm of topsoil would be fine for turfing on top of.  If it's too hard to dig with a fork then you'll probably need to hire a mini digger (about £50 upwards a day.)

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