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Spent bulbs

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 19:49

Snowy, no need to water anymore after the leaves have died back naturally.  At that point you can remove the bulbs and store them somewhere cool and dark then plant them again in the autumn.

Couple of different questions (strawbs, cucumber and others)

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 19:35

Hi Joe,

1) if the strawberry plants were potted and reasonably large, you can let them fruit this year.  If they were bare-root or small (ie just 4 or 5 leaves), I would remove the flowers.

2) I found 1 hit on google but all it says is 'Tiny tot' is a 'snack' type.  All that means is each cucumber will only grow to about 5 or 6 inches long.  The plant will grow just the same as a normal cucumber.  I grow mine up a bit of trellis about 4ft tall.

3) Butternut squash plants will grow to about 5 or 6 metres long and scramble along the ground.  You can grow them upwards and tie them in to a frame (trellis etc) but the fruit is very heavy and will need supporting separately (eg using a bit of netting or tights) or it will tear the plant down as it grows. How many you get from a plant is a bit of a lottery, but expect between 1 and 5.

4) Yes.  Squash are very greedy though and the best way to grow them is to fill a large hole (eg 50cm diameter/deep) with compost/well-rotted manure and make a slight mound, then plant to squash at the top of the mound.  Then be prepared for it to take over your garden!


Spent bulbs

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 16:08

If you tip out the contents of all of the pots intact and put them in (say) a wooden (or cardboard at a push) box lined with an empty compost bag, maintain watering and let the leaves die down naturally, all of the bulbs you mention will be good for next year.  If you remove the leaves they won't be able to build-up the bulb and almost certainly won't flower next year.

Home made Tomato Food

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 15:40

Nice one Edd.  That might just be a reason for me to start a wormery!  I 've used comfrey tea extremely successfully for many years... but it doesn't half whiff!

problems with seeds

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 15:37

It might be but could be low temperatures at night.  My greenhouse stays several degrees warmer at night than my poly tunnel according to identical max-min thermometers.  Tomatoes and cucumbers in particular don't like going below 5C as an absolute minimum and preferably 10C.  The other thing might be light, depending on what type of poly tunnel you have.  Mine is the type with green reinforcing mesh and it definitely gets less light inside than the greenhouse and that is important early in the year when plants are just starting off.

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 13:32

Managed to take a photo of a Small Blue (I think!)  today - first shot I've ever managed with the wings part open - they are tricky blighters as they don't land for long and usually keep their wings closed when they do!





Help to identify please.

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 11:18

It might be Fat Hen (Chenopodium album.)  An easy weed to pull up but don't let it seed.


Posted: 04/05/2015 at 11:09

I also think it's likely scale insect, probably Brown Scale.  RHS control advice here:

With a reasonably small tree like that I would rub them off by hand.  At this time of the year, underneath each one will be hundreds of eggs (that's the white waxy stuff peeping out at one end of each scale.)  In about June these will hatch and run all over the tree, so tackle it now.



Posted: 04/05/2015 at 08:54

I agree.  Dahlias sprout new shoots from the remaining stem rather from the tubers.

nettle fertiliser

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 23:26

Yes, no problem there.  They could also go on the compost heap if you have one.

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