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drying cat mint

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 12:56

Hi Robyn. Don't know why Edd is suggesting letting the leaves dry on the plant. If you're gong to be discarding the stems anyway, why not just remove the leaves at the start? They dry out a lot more quickly then.

My plants are growing vigorously, so I can just pick leaves when I need them for indoor toys, and leave the plants where they are in the garden.


growing toms?

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 19:02

Also had T&M 2016 experimental tomato. Same experience as suzanne7 and gardening archaeologist.

Of the 7 seeds, only two germinated, and one of those was not viable because the leaves could not escape the seed casing.   I will grow the single plant near the potatoes to test the blight resistance and report back to T&M at the end of the summer.

Bargain Buy of 2015

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 21:12

Tomato feed bargain, I'll be using it for tomatoes, chillies, courgettes etc.

Just 1.99 for 1.2L of NPK+.

4-5-9 for the NPK, plus seaweed for Magnesium and secondary nutrients.


Free sunflower seeds

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 21:09

If Fruitcake is right, and the offer appeared 'on at least two of the most popular money saving sites and across facebook', then it's no surprise that actual proper gardeners may have missed out.

If that's the case, then the companies involved, even if it's not their fault, will have only boosted their mailing list with freebie grabbing grabbers, which won't add much to the value of their long-term potential customer base.

chilli peppers

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 21:33

If you have the time, inclination and money, then of course you'll be drawn to Chilli Focus or similar, although the jury is still out whether it's really better than standard or 'generic' tomato feed. I grow tomatoes as much as chillis, and find the shared feed is ok.

I would also say tomato feed for chillis will be dramatically better than standard plant feed, primarily due to lower nitrogen.

And especially if it is NPK+ not just NPK.The main plus difference will be in magnesium, although possibly other micro-nutrients. If there's a mention of seaweed, it usually means there will be magnesium as well, not just basic NPK, but as always, read the label.

Sweetcorn germination

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 18:14

They won't rot from soaking overnight, but don't leave them any longer than that. I've seen 12 hours max recommended elsewhere.

They're more likely to rot in the compost if they don't get enough warmth or germinate fast enough. Some soaking in lukewarm water, or Welshonion's method is basically achieving the same thing, helping the dry seed to absorb water to speed up germination.

Sweetcorn germination

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 23:05

Luke, I don't think your experience is unusual. With ideal conditions, heat, maybe soaking first, you might get better germination rates, but you haven't done badly.

Sweetcorn is also one that declines quickly if the seed isn't fresh, so last years seed packet would have much lower germination rates.


Unpleasant adverts

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 15:15

Edd, I did say 'in addition to Edd's advice'.

Although what I described definitely works for me in terms of no pop-ups, as well as maintaining automatic log ins for safe sites like this one without entering any details each time, which seems to still be necessary with your solution.

I'm using Firefox, there is also a built in pop-up blocker included. For anyone also using Firefox, go to tools, options, content and make sure the box is ticked.

People using other browsers may have different experiences.

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