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Tomato plants

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 11:04

But as you are also going away Bob's advice, while very good, won't really help.  I'd be inclined to go the shed route, over heat will kill them just as well as cold.  Alternatively cover them with horticultural fleece where they are.  What will you do about watering while you are away?  Maybe a bottle and drip system will keep them going till you return.  Always so difficult looking after someone else's plants huh? 


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 11:01

They do not like being moved, but it is possible.  However, you really cannot do it while it is in flower if you want to keep it.  Wait until autumn when it is dormant, and move very carefully.  Have a hole prepared of a generous size, and with some Mycorrhizal fungal preparation in the hole to come into contact with the roots.  Plant gently, making sure there are no air pockets, use some John Innes No 3 with the garden soil, firm down, water copiously and hope.  I know this is a long time ahead, but if you really want to keep the plant this is my advice.  Can you put the water butt with a longer hose from the house down pipe as a temporary measure until the peony is moved? 

How to make durable plant markers?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 10:54

Where do you get 6 months sunshine?  I'm jealous and want to come there too.

Impruneta terracotta I

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 10:53

Indeed, but in a remarkably short time, weather and plants will soften the look of them.  It does seem strange to introduce rotting foodstuffs to your garden …...

We also garden in large numbers of pots, aver 400 or so, and have never deliberately aged any of them, it just happens.  Several of ours are also of the size you mention.  Once there, never to be moved again, so it was very important to get it right first time!!

What could this be?

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 12:31

I love them too, but pull out all but the darkest pink - pale and white ones get the chop - good thing we are all different hey Jo47?

Plant ID please

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 12:30

They are supposed to self seed all over the place, I wish they would here but I think the soil is too rich and the garden too over planted!!

Impruneta terracotta I

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 12:28

Time will do it for you no matter what mixtures you use.  

How to make durable plant markers?

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 12:26

T get back to the original labels question, I find it's the writing that disappears before the label disintegrates in the weather.  Soft plastic, washing up liquid or detergent bottles cut into strips work better than some.  Write with a soft pencil - lasts longer than any ink IMHO.  How to stop the blackbirds pulling them out … greater mind than mine needed for that!


Posted: 28/05/2015 at 12:23

Possibly hungry, especially if overwatered.  I find they do better on the dry side.  Grow 'em hard and treat 'em mean - they all do better that way!

Help under conifer please

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 16:07

Another option is containers, then you can ring the  changes with whatever you want to see there.  Not much will actually grow as the tree is taking everything out of the ground.  Troughs with pretty mixtures can save such a patch from dark dullness very well. 

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