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Talkback: Apple blossom

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 18:27

I suspect pollinator shortlage too - our eating and crab apples had the best blossom everr this year, but it was cold so there were no pollinators about.   If I were a bee I would have stayed in my hive as well at that time - we will just have to hope there were some hardy things about to do the job.  The crab apple looks particularly sad as the blossom is over, and the usual myriad of tiny weeny apples don't seem to be there. 

Help! Save my Tomatoes!

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 18:24

They do indeed sound rather chlled to me, if there is still signs of life, keep them warm and covered for another few weeks, and try again.  Until the last couple of days it has been too cold for tomatoes outdoors - think about where they evolved>  It doesn't get very cold in Peru!!   You potted them into 3 inch pots after pricking out I guess, what then?  They could be in 6 inch pots now, then in a couple of weeks if they are getting to fill those with roots, you could think about putting into a grow bag, pot or however you want to grow them.  Over potting or putting into a grow bag while they are too small will kill them too, as they cannot use the compost and it gets cold around their baby roots.    Hope they do for you, just be patient. 

New gardener new raised bed

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 20:25

Yes, as long as you remember to open it or take them out if we get the promised warm weather tomorrow - they can cook in a small covered house - no way it gets easy does it - but all so well worth it when you have pretty things to look at, and good fresh things to eat from your own efforts. 

Whats the secret to beautiful hanging baskets ?

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 17:08

Yes, but these are grown in rather forced conditions by professional growers.  I do wonder sometimes if they have access to composts or feeds that we amateurs don't?

The ones you see at garden shows for example, never hang outside as we would want ours to do, they are grown indoors, pampered and touched up every day - most of us cannot do that so it is a weighted competion really.

I think Bev pk's baskets are great, mine would be shredded here if out since January, so I concentrate on summer ones.  I do agree about wicker covered baskets, that the wicker forms part of the display, but you still need plenty of plants to soften them and make them look good. 

Talkback: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009 - herbs for wildlife

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 17:03
Thyme, visited by bees galore, ditto rosemary, marjoram - many types of which run wild here, we love it just to smell in the sun, and the flowers of some of them are so lovely - the bees think so too!

What should I feed?

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 16:59

Thank you for a very useful post Italophile - I have often been confused about potassium and nitrogen, which is fruit and which is leaves, no longer!!  I find liquid seaweed a very good all round fertiliser, and give the whole garden a shake of organic chicken manure early in the season, just for a jump start.  After that, I try and use what is appropriate for each thing, knowing that eg. clematis are hungry and greedy, but other things need very little help.

I shall print your post and keep it to hand. 

Talkback: Growing cut flowers on the allotment

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 16:54

An allotment is, as far as I know, a piece of land you rent to grow upon whatever it is that you wish to grow.  I do not think your committee member can tell you not to grow flowers - most people do as far as I know - that just sounds like high handedness for its own sake.  Of course if you are growing commercial crops, or ferocious weeds, or illegal things that is different, but as far as I have found, flowers are not (yet) illegal!!!  If it is a council site, check with them if you may grow flowers - besides, if you hav e done so for 6 years, why the fuss now?  Do you have a new broom who wishes ................

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 16:50

cold with grey skies as ever this morning, but now it's late afternoon, it is warmer with some sunshine - not as it should be, but the plants already look happier for it.  Lack of light the biggest problem for everything this year methinks? 

Talkback: Planting out tomatoes

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 16:48

Beans, climbing french and broad out, look ok but not much growth, cold and dark here as ever, courgettes out, some growth but not much - everything else struggling for light in the greenhouse or cold frame.  They will have to go out, bar the tomatoes which I grow inside anyway, as they are all just outgrowing their pots, the greenhouse and frame, and are getting some mildew due to overcroweded conditions.  Keep fingers crossed for some light ................

Star Jasmine with red leaves???

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 16:44

Its been cold indeed, leaves get red like our poor noses do in the cold!  New leaves will be normal if it ever gets warm enough ...............

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