BobTheGardener


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Tomatoplant suddenly wilted

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 17:44

Ash is alkaline and coffee grounds are acidic so all I can think is that mixing the two have produced something the plant doesn't like (going back to my school science, that would be a salt.)  Remove as much of the grounds and ash as you can and give it a really good watering to try and flush the stuff out.  If it still looks the same in a couple of days, flush it with water again.


Tomato plants don't need any feeding until they have flowered and tiny fruit have set.  You can then water it with a liquid tomato feed.  I would avoid using ash on it which can be chemically too strong and coffee grounds don't really have any nutrient value, so avoid those too.

Is this Borage?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:57

Yes, I keep a small patch of them and just pull them up when they spread too much.  Not much choice really as the roots are too deep to dig out without damaging my other shrubs but they are very pretty and keep the bees happy.

Fixing browk plants with selotape

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:53

They only stop growing after flowering and the seeds start forming, or when the frost gets them.  As there won't be any flowers if you cut it, they should geep growing until the first frost which, judging by last year, could be a long time coming!

Winter aconite advice

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:16

Try a few ecokid - if happy, they soon multiply.  Pulmonaria is a good bet though.

Is this Borage?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:14

One of our more regular IDs nut, together with the one planted by aliens (caper spurge)

So angry: Neighbour has cut back my pyracantha

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:12

Wise words Dove.  This kind of thing usually escalates rather than going away once that sort of person is confronted.  Concentrate on thinking about how nice your new garden is going to be ecokid! 

Is this Borage?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:04

Looks more like green alkanet to me.  It is in the same family hence the similar flowers.

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Fixing browk plants with selotape

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 14:00

Good advice from Verdun there (welcome back by the way! )


There is still plenty of growing time left this year and you may find that by cutting the stem it sends up new shoots from the remaining leaf joints so you could end up with a shorter but multi-headed sunflower.

Can anyone help me with my Hawthorn hedge problem?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 13:48

I agree with Ladybird and think this is because they still establishing roots and can't support more leaves which is why the new growth is dying off.  Large hawthorn take much longer to establish than small ones.  They need to be watered at least once a week (and even every day during hot weather) throughout their first year.  I think you'll see them pick up next spring and start to grow normally.

Is this a strawberry plant?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 13:01

To be fair, strawberry seeds are not that easy to germinate and the fat hen seeds may have been in the compost, so it may not be the GCs fault.  

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