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Problem tomato plants

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 22:03

Sweet Millions is an F1 variety, which means the seeds come from the crossing of two (or more) very specific varieties.  Because you have collected and saved the seed from last year's crop, what you now have is an F2 variety, which is likely to be similar to one of the original parents and not necessarily much like 'Sweet Millions'.

I doubt your compost mix is the problem.  It has been a bit of a cold start to the year though and a bit too cold overnight in an unheated greenhouse for tomatoes so they are probably just sulking and should start to romp away now the night temperatures aren't going down so much.

I would pot them on and bury them up to the first leaves which will allow them to produce more feeding roots from the stem.

Bed of weeds?

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 22:32

1) looks like a thistle of some kind and would have it out.

2) is indeed buttercup - out.

3 looks like flowering quince (Chaenomeles) a keeper.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 19:22

Just been watching a sparrow feed a young 'un.  The baby sat on a branch about 18" away from the feeder and mum had to keep darting back and forth those few inches to feed it.  I kept thinking "surely it'll get the idea in a minute!" but it didn't happen.

Help! I'm not sure what to keep!

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 15:38

Good spot, Dave!

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 15:34

Philippa, if you decide to try another trailcam at some point, I can recommend the Browning Strike Force Elite sub micro 10MP (I know, sounds like something the SAS would use!)  That's what I used to make the videos in this thread:

They cost about twice as much as equivalent Swann ones though.


Posted: 14/05/2017 at 15:22

Most of the ones available from garden centres etc are grown from cuttings I think.  They can be grown from seed but those can be a bit expensive (eg 50p per seed is not unusual for a named F1 variety.)  I generally buy them as plugs for bedding and pot up a few plugs indoors as houseplants.

Help! I'm not sure what to keep!

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 15:13

1) Purple Toadflax (Linaria purpurea), a weed but has nice flowers which are loved by butterflies etc. Spreads everywhere by seed but easy to pull up.

2) Not sure - could be a few things so would keep for now and check back when it flowers.

3) Sedum spectabile (aka ice plant), a keeper.  Flowers summer to autumn, loved by bees.

4) A Hellebore (probably Hellebore x hybridus), another keeper.  Flowers in late winter.

Ugly dumping ground

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 12:53

Yes, that is the essence of 'no dig' gardening.  You need to put a really thick layer of well-rotted manure down the first time (say, 6 inches.)  After that add 2-3 inches each year in the autumn and you will eventually have great soil.  Until then, when you plant things, you should give each planting hole a bit of extra preparation by mixing in some compost with the soil from the hole before planting.  By doing it that way you don't have to break your back by digging in manure and compost over the whole area.

As Ob says, you do need to break it up a bit first and obviously remove bricks etc.  A pick axe is a great tool on clay.

Last edited: 14 May 2017 12:55:31

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 12:41

Hi all, I've just realised that for the last few years in those borders which are well established that I've not been doing any planning.  When I need to plant something, all I've been doing is digging up and replacing a bunch of Spanish bluebells!  If it's a taller plant then bluebells near the rear of a border get replaced, if short then bluebells nearer the front are replaced.

I still have just as many 'planting opportunities' as when I began this regime though!

Anyone else in the same boat?

Do these need repotting?

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 12:31

Well, you do tend to get more than 2 from a plant, B3!

Well, unless you really like them in which case you get none and/or the plants snuff it!  I hate them so get overrun of course (but it keeps OH and friends/family happy who get them for free.)

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