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When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:35

A good way to remember the loose/lose thing is that one should lose the 'o' 

What is this that has invaded and destroyed my erysimum...?

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:28

Looks a little like one of the saxifrages such as Saxifragia hypnoides but it shouldn't have affected your erysimum.  Erysimum are short-lived perennials and it is common for them to suddenly die off for no apparent reason.

bare root shrubs

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 16:22

If you left the roots wrapped there is a good chance they will survive.  Fingers crossed time now!  If any of them haven't shown signs of growth by about mid-April, scrape the bark off near the top with your thumbnail - if green then they are still alive.  If brown then try lower down but if brown all the way back to the base then they have snuffed it.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 14:15

Hi Emma, those recommendations on the packet assume ideal conditions.  In the case of tomatoes that means a heated greenhouse or equivalent, with lots of natural light from all angles and a constant temperature of about 15-20C.

They don't tell you that on the packet though!

Maggots in my strawberry plants.

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 14:11

Vine weevil grubs, Clarington.  They are definitely the reason your strawberry plants died.

The best thing to do is wash all soil from the roots of any remaining plants and plant them into fresh compost.

Put a sheet of weed fabric or something similar down in your garden and tip the compost with the grubs in on to it then spread it thinly.  The birds will then have a feast and eat those grubs.  Don't re-use that compost for potting even after the birds have done their job but it will be fine spread on your borders as vine weevil have many enemies in garden soil.

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 13:11

Around 'ere Fairy, I also have to put up with everybody using 'of' instead of 'have', as in "He should of scored that one".  I have a strong local accent but that doesn't mean I have to write things down in the same way that I say them!

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:54

It doesn't matter much to me as long as I understand what people mean.  However, I do wish folk would stop using the word 'loose' when they mean 'lose'.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:29

Too early unless you have a heated greenhouse.  My tomatoes won't be sown for at least a couple of weeks yet.  To attempt to rescue them you need more light and one way of getting that is to cut a long side from a cardboard box and line the remaining 3 sides with aluminium foil.  Place the seed tray in the bottom and put the box on a windowsill with the open side facing the window.

Cosmos seedling have been devoured

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:14

Mice, without a shadow of doubt.  They did the same thing to my tomato seedlings a couple of years ago.

Homebase seeding compost

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 20:12

John Innes is just a mixing formula developed by the institute.  Each supplier can interpret it differently so no two JI composts are the same.  I do exactly what nut does and mix my own seed compost using a commercial one as a base.  I happen to have a very large bag of vermiculite so add that as well as a bit of MP and a bit of sharp sand.

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