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Latest posts by BrummieBen

Oh dear! What's going wrong with my toms?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:22

depends on the variety tbh, you have indeterminate, and determinate tomatoes, essentially vine or bush. If you have vine tomatoes take out the side shoots, the 'suckers', if a bush let it grow however it likes or you will be removing fruit! I don't feed til the first truss has formed, but some do and say they get more trusses and more fruit, it's up to you, but good luck and let us know how you are getting on.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 23:03

I have an incredible clematis right now, I 'bunged' it in a corner in rubbish soil, behind a fatsia and a large acer, and now it's gone nuts.. I'll take photos tomorrow to show you, maybe 60 flowers, beautiful waxy white about 3-4 inch in size. This thread has made me think I need to take some photos if not for a record, rather than sharing.. My tree peonies have flowered and finished.. sorry guys and gals. They are also in rubbish soil treading water while I sort the garden! Only one flower on each, but they have doubled in size from last year, and that's in terrible soil! Hoping you guys can identify the clematis as it's one I got from my brother from a large pot and 'moved'! Pics tomorrow!


Wow at everyone else's pics, what inspiration, wintersong, don't ever give me your address, because I have a trailer and will travel :P

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 22:51

yeah, agapanthus for me, my mum loves them so they remind me of her (she's not gone yet!) Bluebells, (grew up across a lane from a bluebell wood) love in the mist, and forgetmenots!! (bain of my life!) My favourite blue is the jacaranda tree when it first blossoms, very light blue and so beautiful, guess it reminds me of the med and Malta.. and good times. Ceanothus on a mature shrub, is absolutely superb, if it's been fed right, a 5 ft high by 3 ft across shrub can really wow. And the bees love it!


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 11:58

I can confess to being a bit of a clean freak too, I religously scrub the inside from top to bottom every spring, my GH is also North South and the back wall is actually not glass, it's attached to the end of my summerhouse. The floor is gravel, perhaps because of the lack of soil (the pea gravel is about 4" thick), I don't have the humid conditions for fungus to enjoy? I do damp the floor down on particularly hot days, but as I say I'm either exceptionally fortunate, or my system is particularly efficient. Many tips on here from you Italophile, I'm sorry if I came across as rude, wasn't intended.



Posted: 30/05/2013 at 11:36

If you use the cheap readily available sets,  with the 4 mm tubing, connected to 13 mm main tube, and use 'end drippers' you can actually set the pressure at the tap to whatever L/H you need. Well it's what I do anyways.

help: bindweed is coming over from neighbour!

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 11:24
Lokelani wrote (see)

I think a root barrier maybe the only answer. Not all neighbours can be bothered to  resolve problems they are causing, if it costs them time or money! 

We get bindweed under the fence from one neighbour & ground elder & bamboo from the other! 

We have twice tried emptying the borders, digging every trace of root (or so we thought) out before replanting. Pointless, as others have said. Loads of the weeds still pop up & more grows under.

The funny thing is both sides have well manicured looking gardens with paid gardeners, who obvioulsy only tend the front of the border & what goes on at the back or behind the shrubs gets ignored! 

I get so fed up with glyphosate looking like it hasn't worked, or it raining, or being too windy to apply, it needing to dry before the dog can go out... I now just tend to pull them out when I see them. 

It seems so unjust that we will probably end up putting root barriers along all the fences both sides at our expense when they should be our neighbours problems, but that's life.

Or back to the glyphosate. Beware of strengthening the concentrate, that can apparently just kill the plant before it has time to take it all the way down to the roots, so is counterproductive. 

hmm thanks for the tip on the glyphosphate, I didn't know that, mind, I've not really had any docks or dandys back in the same place. Brambles and bindweed always regrow, but I'm thinking due to extensive root systems rather than overpowering the concentrate.

Seed Sowers

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 00:44

dry sand added always works!


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 00:32

3ft? so in a 6 ft x 4 ft green house you'd grow 4 plants? Yes in an ideal world, we all would have a 3ft spacing, but we actually live in the REAL world, I have a 12' x 10' greenhouse, I grow 12 indeterminates stright down the middle in 14" pots, I then grow cuc's on back wall, and tumbling toms down the sides.. I do have great ventilation, 2 auto louvre, either side, and 4 top windows also auto, I bought and built this way purely for this ventilation, I live on the side of a hill and catch the breeze. Touchwood, never had blight, whitefly or any other problem. My greenhouse is situated in my back garden, far away from veg crops so maybe this helps too?

Italophile, I don't have any fans in my setup, however telling people a spacing of 3 foot or greater is going to freak most newbies out.

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 00:13

matty you are like me when I first started, trust me, buy a spirit level near 3 ft in length. I made several raised beds and when I watered it all went to one corner! When you build the bed, use the level, looks much better too! And it means you digging out typically an extra few mins.. I think I paid maybe 12 quid, but it's a tool for life, so really it's quite cheap.

Pesky ants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 23:48

just water every day, provided you have adequate drainage they will soon move on, better still blast the aphids off with a sprayer, can be got for 2 quid or less, no chemicals and takes a few mins a day.

Discussions started by BrummieBen

growing brassicas

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clematis - The President

Prune or not?? 
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The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

It's back, trying biological control this time. 
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bulbs, daffs, tulips, hyacinths, alliums

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Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

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water those poor souls!

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Back after a long slog

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Last Post: 18/04/2013 at 22:46

anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

as above 
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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 12:46

So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

well not really 
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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 09:28

Fine Green beans in the shops

What are they? 
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Last Post: 20/03/2013 at 18:33

This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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Your Favourite Tools

The ones you use most! 
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Needing old mouse or vole nests

Bumble Bee nestbox project 
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While it's been raining

trawling youtube for gardening 
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Most famous moment with your plants?

meeting a big cheese 
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