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Talkback: Planting out tomatoes

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 19:46

Have to admit, I've taken to sowing my toms & peppers (in a propagator) relatively late, i.e. mid-April, then housing them in the greenhouse till the end of May (I grow lots for a village plant sale). BUT this year, they've not grown strongly and are so TINY, I may only be able to charge 25p per plant, which could really impact on the amount we raise for charity - pooh!  

Talkback: Final preparations for Chelsea

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 19:38
Just keep going - you're nearly there!

Talkback: Dealing with lily beetle

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 19:29
This year, my lilies seem to be fated - nibbled by lily beetles during the day, and munched by slugs and snails whilst its raining, and overnight. Some pot-fulls are being attacked for the 1st time, despite being several years old!
This is the worst damage my lilies have ever suffered.
When I find either types of pest, I get great satisfaction from lifting it from the 'victim', then quickly crushing underfoot.

Thanks Marinelilium for the tips about garlic, mint & lavender. I'll try them out.

Talkback: Tulips

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:02
I can sympathise. I grew several pots full of tulip bulbs this year, and have several blasts of colour next to my front door. But one pot has no flowers, i think because I didn't water them enough at a key time. There are leaves, and buds formed, but then aborted. All my fault :-(
And, since I have problems getting them to flower a 2nd year, I may never know what I've missed. Pooh!
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