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Posted: 30/05/2015 at 10:56

If you planted in the ground, do you have acid soil in your garden?  That is a requirement for rhodo's.  If you haven't, you might be able to rescue it if you lift it and plant in a large pot of ericaceous compost.

Tomato plants

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 10:53

As you are up north, the safest way until she gets back is to put them outside during the day and bring them back into your conservatory each night.

Butternut Squash Plant is, well .... squashed!

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 19:44

There are a few winter squash with that growth habit - Harrier is one.  I suppose it's possible there was some cross-pollination at the nursery?  If so it will be easier to control than the usual butternuts which seem to want to take over the world!


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 19:38

Mum's move went well and she is now happily resident in the new place - thanks for the kind comments everyone! 


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 19:24

The green ones have green nylon 'string' embedded in them as reinforcement.  Mine is that type and it definitely doesn't let in as much light as the clear ones so I'll be re-covering it in clear stuff when the time comes.


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 19:21

Sounds like it should be fine there.  I would hold-off on the watering for now and see if it picks-up.  It might just be the change of environment from where it was before - some plants are a bit fussy like that.  Only water it again when the top half inch of the compost is dry just in case the roots are a bit waterlogged while it is recovering.


where to put slug pellets

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 12:08
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

This is the stuff Wonky has

it does say that it works best when moist, so possibly moisten first, then put the slate lid over

That's good stuff Dove - for some reason it's a lot harder to get these days than it was, while the normal metaldehyde ones abound.  I find it difficult to understand why given that so many folk are now eco-minded. Even Asda used to sell the organic ones but no sign for a couple of years..

Wonky: Yes, they love to hide under stuff so even if not attracted by the pellets they'll 'accidentally' come across them under the slate!


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 12:02

Downpour now stopped - had a good half inch of much-needed rain this morning.  Off now to help aged mum move into semi-managed accomodation from her council flat.  She already has three friends at the new place after suffering a string of 'bad' neighbours at her council flat, so will be a lot happer and less stressed I hope! 

growing onions

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 11:23

We seem to know our onions, Welshonion!

growing onions

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 11:09

Yes, they are bolting Sandra.  Cut the flowering stems off and the bulb should keep growing, but those which have done this won't store well so use them first.  If you grew them from onions sets (small onions), look for 'heat treated' ones next spring as those are far less likely to bolt.

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