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Tomatoes & Cucumbers

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 15:56

Nope, strawberries are greedy plants - feed them as much as you like, as long as you don't exceed the dosage rates on the fertilizer packet.   You can't really over-water strawberries either.

National nude gardening day!

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 13:44
1Runnybeak1 wrote (see)

Missed the jockey on the news, what was that about ? 

I think they call it "wardrobe malfunction"

Google "Jockey mooning"



Just wanted to share :)

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 11:35

Me too.

They self-seed everywhere here and I use them as natural ground-cover and a backdrop at this time of year.  Easy to pull-up when they have gove over, by which time they have put down seeds ready for next year. 

Suits me perfectly - no digging and no planting required!


Posted: 02/05/2015 at 11:28

A root cutting is really the same as splitting them but on a much smaller scale.

What I should have said is that you can't propagate herbaceous peonies from top-growth cuttings.

Tomatoes & Cucumbers

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 11:25

Chris, I would avoid using that, partcularly on the tomatoes, as it's likely high in nitrates and will encourage lots of leafy growth and may delay fruit production.  You get the best from tomatoes by not over-feeding and not over-watering them, especially while they are young plants.

National nude gardening day!

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 10:41

Just tried it.  Where have all the birds gone?!


Posted: 02/05/2015 at 10:39

Meomye, only tree peonies can be propagated from cuttings.  Herbaceous types which disappear in winter have to be split in autumn:

If it produces seed, you could also try growing those but the resulting plants may not be the same as the parent.

will day nuetral strawberries produce first year?

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 10:23

Johngreen, yes you will get crops in the first year with day-neutral strawberries.  No need to remove flowers in their first year like normal types.  As you are growing 50 of them, you should have useful amounts of fruit from June onwards. 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 22:13

The first tree peony bud opened today:


hobbies ie arts and crafts........

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 22:02

I'm an amateur astronomer when the Sun goes down and enjoy taking images of the universe.

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