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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

staking tomatoes

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 22:32

What I've done before is put 3 canes around the outside of a pot and tied them together at the top, like the sort of wigwam used for runner beans, then tied loops of twine around all 3 canes at various heights which gave enough support for the trusses of tomatoes.  Would something like that work for you?

Help!!! Attaching photos from an ipad?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 21:42

Cheers Chicky! 

staking tomatoes

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 21:34

Best not to risk damaging the roots by putting it next to the main stem.  You could slide the stake down the side of the container which would be less risky, or put up a horizontal support and tie lengths of soft twine to it, then wrap that around the stems.  As the plants grow taller, you just gently twirl the plant around the twine.  This sort of thing:

http://tonythegardener.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/winding-up-tomato-plants.html

 

Help!!! Attaching photos from an ipad?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 21:19

It might be something to do with which version of iOS an iPad is running.  One thing that could be worth trying is using a different web browser to the built-in one (called Safari.)  There are a few more listed here:

http://www.imore.com/best-alternative-web-browsers-ipad-google-chrome-dolphin-mercury-and-more

I seem to remember someone posting thread that said they managed to upload using the Puffin browser.

It would really help other folk if those who can upload using an iPad could tell the forum what version of iOS and browser they use, although that may be a bit too techie for many.

 

Naughty Frost!

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 19:32

Two of my young magnolias got badly damaged with all the young leaves killed - will have to wait and see if they send out new ones.  Also all of the lovely red young shoots on the kiwis have gone but they will recover (happens every year or two to them.)  A newly planted Callicarpa and a Hibiscus are looking the worse for wear with half the new growth killed.  Luckily I earthed my spuds up when I got home from work on Friday but a couple of volunteer spuds I had left in another bed went black although I was going to dig them up anyway.  Living so far inland (Leics) means frosts are that bit harder here plus I'm in a bit of a frost pocket.  Just the trials and tribulations of gardening I suppose! 

Blueberry

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 13:30

I found the problem with mine.  As Verdun mentioned drainage, I checked and the compost in this one was saturated, so most of the roots had rotted off.  I've re-potted it into a better drained ericaceous mix and cut it back hard, as well as drilling some extra drainage holes in the pot.  The sick one is Aurora, but the pot next to it has the same type, potted at the same time using the same compost and it fine, but the soil in that pot is clearly better drained.  Only time will tell if I caught it in time, but at least I have another 11 (5 different types) which are doing OK.

Blueberry

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:52

I treated mine too (with nematodes) - let's hope it isn't something nasty, like the ones mentioned here:

http://www.kenmuir.co.uk/image/data/pdf/Fact%20Sheets/Blueberry%20Diseases.pdf

Help needed - Fungus in garden

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:45

In that case I think your idea of using a brick wall to retain the soil in that spot is the best answer, as the excess water is definitely at the root (well.. mycelium ) of the problem.

Lifting Daffodils

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 11:11

You really need to leave them until the leaves turn yellow Lulu, as the leaves are building the bulb up so it can flower next year - the flower comes from the goodness already stored in the bulb.  If you lift them now, lift clumps of them with plenty of soil attached to the roots and plant them somewhere else for a couple of months until the leaves die back.  Once that has happened you can split them and replant the bulbs to where you want them.  The less time the bulbs are stored dry and out of the ground the better.

Help needed - Fungus in garden

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 11:04

I agree 4 years is a bit of a short lifetime for a new one, Gillibobs.  It might be that particular piece of timber was already infected.  Do you know the type of wood used, as Welshonion said?  Oak is one of the longest lasting ones.

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