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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 22:56

Cold and very windy today but planted 96 onion sets which were started in modules in the GH to prevent birds pulling them out.  Also got another 2 rows of broad bean plants in just before the rain started.  Then sheltered in the potting shed and pricked-out a couple of dozen dahlia seedings and 6 Japanese quince seedlings grown from a fruit I left on the mother plant all winter. 

What on earth is this weed??

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 20:31

It's not celandine as that has small leaves, less than an inch.  Judging by the ivy leaves at the base of that large shrub, the leaves in question are 3-4 times the size of those, so several inches across.



What on earth is this weed??

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:18

If the flowers were purple, it could be winter heliotrope:


Dealing with garden waste

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 19:43

I also use a shredder and compost everything.  Once shredded, it's surprising how much the volume is reduced and if you mix it properly (20% soft green stuff like grass cuttings to 80% dry or woody material), it will compost down to a 1/4 of the shredded volume in as little as 2-3 months.  The compost is then spread on my borders as a mulch.  After doing this for many years my original clay soil is now wonderful stuff!

Harvest Mites

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 11:51

I use a free photoviewer called Irfanview nut.  Open that first then right-click the image and choose copy, then paste it into Irfanview.  You can then zoom into any part of a photo:



Harvest Mites

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 11:40

Well, I can see 8 legs, so it's definitely a mite of some kind but I've been unable to identify it.  Are you in the UK, TC or elsewhere?

Cherry tomato plants - white spots on leaves - any advice please?

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 10:42

Tesni, those look like sun-scorch, caused by spots of water on the leaves when grown under glass.  The answer is to never water tomatoes from above, apply water directly to the compost only.  The damaged leaf edges could also be caused by too low temperatures - don't put tomatoes outside if it is below 10C.

First attempt at growing Tomatoes - Advice needed

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 10:36

Also never remove any shoots which come directly from the main stem and are not at a leaf junction as those are the flowering trusses.  Those will start appearing in a few weeks, typically when the plant is about 10-12 inches tall.

Multiple daffodil shoots

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 16:47

Hi Tomsk, they are bulblets that naturally split from the main bulb - this is the way they usually propagate themselves as seeds often don't fully develop in daffodils.

Leave them as they are and let the leaves die down naturally.  Once that has happened you can split the baby bulbs from the main one and you then have free bulbs for next year!  

They might take a couple of years to reach flowering size though.

English lavender on label

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 15:18

Large chains and supermarkets are often not allowed to put the proper cultivar name onto their pots.  I expect the reason is other retailers complaining to the growers "how come supermarkets are selling "cultivar X" at less than we are paying you for them?!"

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