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Identify Plants

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 18:29
Voyagerxp wrote (see)

I've been having problems with my pics not zooming, don't know why.


Keep them under 1MB in size and they should zoom OK.

problems with keyboard

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 19:11

Try clearing your browser cache.  That helps with most devices when you get this sort of problem, whatever they are.  If you don't know how to do it on a Kindle Fire:


Talkback: How to increase tomato yields

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 19:03

Gardener's Delight are one of the best flavoured of the older varieties, so you should be in for a pleasant surprise.   Modern hybrid cherry-sized varieties like Sungold are sweeter and have more flavour too, but the seeds won't come true if you save them.

My top-tip for flavour is to avoid over-watering and over-feeding.  As our resident tomato expert Italiophile says, give them 'tough love' and they'll reward you!

Removing raspberry runners

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 19:32

Nope, but it's worth severing the runners, effectively giving you separate clumps of canes, as once a plant gets a virus (usually transmitted by aphids), the virus can travel along the runners.  I have kept some autumn bliss from the original stock I got about 25 years ago by digging-up 'rougue' runners and replanting where I wanted them.

dividing & moving old Forsythia

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 18:39

Yes, the roots are pretty tough and go deep - I had one which popped-up the other side of a wall which had a 3ft drop on the other side!  The good news is that I now enjoy the flowers from the remaining bit which is growing in the tennis court's land and not in my border!

Removing raspberry runners

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 18:36

Your call Bf!  Some varieties seem to run much more than others but they are shallow rooted so pretty easy to dig-up until they get into an established border, so just keep your eye on which direction they seem to be going!

dividing & moving old Forsythia

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 18:25

I think you would be better off by taking cuttings - normally done in June, but worth trying now.  You want the top 6" from the shoots, put in a 50/50 mixture of compost/grit and cover with a plastic bag or plastic bottle with the bottom cut off.  Leave somewhere warm but out of direct sunlight. 

Edit: just seen BO's reply - that would also work if any stems have roots.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 17:54

Rain stopped and brightened up a little:

Pair of anemone flowers looking like they're higgung each other for warmth:

Some mini-daffs and native cowslips:

 A little show-off:

and my Japanese Plum flowers:


Blueberry advice please

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 13:18

Joyce, blueberries require a very low pH - around 4.5.  Sulphur may work, but all soil will eventually return to its natural acidity level.  They grow wonderfully well in large pots, so if you have room inside your cage, I would recommend you grow them in ericaceous compost in large pots rather than trying to change the acidity level of your garden soil.  You could bury the pots if necessary.

Top Tom Tip

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 12:42

That's interesting David and, as I have rather more seedlings than I need, will try that this very afternoon! 

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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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