Latest posts by Bookertoo

hello from 'the newbe'

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 17:48

Hello, many (though by no means all )  of us here are getting somewhat older, but there is no such thing as a maintenance free garden.  It is keeping it going and loving the acts of gardening that keep us active and joyful.  Of course, there are easier ways to do things than there were 20 or - well, a great deal - of years ago - but maintenance free?  No, most of us would not want that anyway.  You will need to weed, to prune, to trim, and mostly just to love and enjoy your garden to keep it, and you, happy.  

Tomato Plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 17:45

Yes, that's what LG said, when it has nearly got as high as you want it to be, then pinch out the top shoot.  It will need to be a good bit taller than it is now if it is to have room to produce fruits.  Don't forget to nip out the little side shoots that appear in the axles of the main leaves too, you just want the main stems where the flowers are forming.  It needs feeding and watering regularly when the first set of tiny fruits has formed ( you will se reference to 'when the first truss has set'  - that  is what that means),  don't let it get dry, and keep the watering as steady as possible, rather then let it dry out then water - that is good or many plants but not tomatoes.  

korean fir tree

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 17:40

Good, clean, sharp secatuers and patience.  There are good web sites and books about pruning such trees, though as you say, it will take many years to get very large. 

usa or uk

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 17:39

this is a UK site, we welcome people from all over the globe - but if you ask questions you will need to give information as to where you are and what the weather etc., is like at this time of year where you are - sping adivice is no good to you in the autumn!!  Anyway, welcome, wherever you are. 

The best dicentra is........?

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 17:07

I have a deep red one with ferny leaves, lovely, typical flowers but different leaves - also a white one that runs gently under an old arch. 

Advice about lawnmowers

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 17:03

There are many lightweight electric mowers which should deal with your grass, the only thing with them is you have to be careful with the cable, not to run over it!  Petrol mowers are not suitable for those of us getting along in our gardening life, too heavy and noisy.  Battery mowers may well not be enough for the larger area you mention.  electric mowers are safe, as long as you use a device that cuts off the power as soon as there is a porblem with the cable.  I have used one for several years now with no ill effects, and a reasonably tidy grassy area.  No stripes I am afraind, but that was not a priority for me anyway.  I would suggest one with the grass box behind the cutters, as those with the box in front stop you getting to the edges of the grass.   Get the shop to let you feel the weight of the machine before you commit to which one you want.  Maybe take a friend shopping with you - it sometimes helps to have a second set of eyes to look at the choices. 

Lemon Verbena

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 19:46

Indeed, yummy - oh for a few scorching hot days for them and us to enjoy!

Lemon Verbena

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:58

Pineapple sage is more tender than the lemon verbena, the latter stays out all year but when I forgot the salvia it just died in the winter. Since then I have overwintered its replacement in a cool greenhouse and it has been fine - so far. 

Will security lightning / street lighting upset my vegetable plot?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:56

Sadly they never have been by either the security light, which the foxes put on often, nor the street lights - they only disturb me!

planting out runner beans and courgettes

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:54

It's such a funny year so far, but I think we have to get on with it if there is to be chance of getting crops - so like KEF I put all mine out over the weekend.  Maybe keep a bit of horticultural fleece or old net curtain to hand in case a chilly night is suggested, then you can nip out and cover them overnight if you think it necessary?  

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