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Blueberries

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 13:56

They do need a year or three to settle in and start cropping well.  In the first year or two you want to encourage them to grow new strong stems, preferably from the base (snip off any weak, spindly growth.)  Feed them with a proprietary ericaceous liquid feed every few weeks and you should be fine next year.  If you can get any ericaceous bark chippings or similar mulch, they do appreciate a layer of that on top of the compost as they have lots of roots near the surface and this helps to protect them from drying out.

Tulip Care

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 12:49

Hi Helga, yes you can snip the flower stems off.  What sort of tulips are they?  Most of the 'fancy' types do not usually come back well in the second year and many  gardeners treat them as annuals, digging them up after flowering so they can plant summer bedding plants etc.  I leave them in but have lots of hardy perennials in my beds which are now starting to grow and will cover the dying tulip foliage.  If you do leave them in, it's important to remove the leaves once those die as they carry a virus called 'tulip fire' which will otherwise very likely affect the tulips badly next year.

Tree Growth

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 12:34

Normally, if the growing point at the top of the main trunk is cut off (and it sounds like this has been done to your tree) one branch near the top will become dominant and is known as the 'leader'.  This will become the new trunk in time.  Can you post a photo of the whole tree so we can have a look at how it is currently growing?  It may need some formative pruning to help it grow into a good shape in the future.

Chili Hardiness

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 11:14

Chilies and peppers really need a minimum night temperature of 12C to grow really well.  From my own experience, anything under 5C can kill them, or at least badly stunt their growth and they take a long time to recover from having their growth 'checked' like that.  I'd keep bringing them in at night until June.

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Can anyone identify this invader?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 10:58

Just saw the new image - Elder for me.

Can anyone identify this invader?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 10:57

Young Ash tree(s) or elder.  Either way, best dig it out while you still can (unless you want a big tree there.)  As mentioned above, tricky to give 100% positive ID as the pic is a bit small and we need to see the growing point at the top.

Indoor cyclamen

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 21:04

They will open naturally at the point they are ready to be sown.  I find them incredibly easy to grow.  Just pop the seed onto some seed compost and cover lightly (I usually use a dusting of fine vermiculite but fine compost also works.)  Once they have grown a couple of leaves, carefully prick-out and plant the tiny round corm which will have formed just on or below the surface of a small pot.  In 2 years they will have grown large enough to flower.

Tomato leaf problem troubleshooting

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 20:57

Take a look at the undersides with a magnifying glass. The only thing that reminds me of is early signs of spider mite damage.  Those creatures are too small to be seen with the unaided eye.  They produce webs as the infestation takes hold.  It doesn't look like any of the forms of fungal infection I am familiar with.

would anyone know what this is please.

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 20:06

Hi Lyn, yes, The Magic of Mushrooms which was on BBC 4 last night was fungtastic!

Highly recommended and on iPlayer.  The BBC are providing fantastic science and nature programming at the minute - worth every penny of the licence fee and no other TV company will ever make programmes like that!

Do I need a new connector?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 19:55

If the feeder has a connector like this (a Hozelock male):

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/43492.jpg?width=225&height=225&mode=max

Then you need one of these on the end of your hose, a Hozelock standard hose-end connector:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/43494.jpg?width=500&height=350&mode=max

Any garden centre (or even Asda) will have one.

 

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