London (change)
Today 14°C / 8°C
Tomorrow 18°C / 10°C

Chris 7


Latest posts by Chris 7

Tomatoes

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 12:11

A blue tinge usually indicates they have been cold ... it has been a tad cold lately !

 

As the lazy gardner says ... stop fretting they'll soon pick up !

Totally agree about growing your own varieties ... I'm currently trying 'Black Russian' to see how they taste !

 

Chris

Steep slope gardening

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 13:31

Hi Leonette,

The best way to do it is to 'terrace' it.  I'd suggest that you get a gardner in to do it for you as it involves a considerable amount of manual work in creating the terraces.  In this way you end up with a series of level beds at various heights (deopending on the height of the slope) which you can fill with plants.   Maybe best to get a landscape gardner in to advise and quote.

If you don't take this approach you'll be limited in the type of plants which can be grown on sandy soil,  together with a somewhat intemperate climate !

Sorry to be a killjoy !

Chris

 

Aches and pains

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 12:20

I take Fish Oil tablets (2 a day) ... it has cleared up the sore knees I always had.

You need to take it for a month before the effects are felt !  

Chris

Seedlings and 'true leaves'

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 13:26

I think the compost was too dry if anything !

Compost was last years

Will try and build the lightbox to help.

Thanks

Seedlings and 'true leaves'

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 12:48

Well,  I have a disaster on my hands ,   my 'leggy' antirrinhums have collapsed.  I conducted a forensic examination on some of them and found that the root development on them was not very good ie.  About a qusrter of an inch of root and 1 inch of stalk.

I did not use seed compost ... could this be the problem ?

Ground elder in compost bin

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:37

Once you've dug it over try putting some plastic over the ground to kill off things due to lack of light.

Also,  in the past I've 'painted' the ground elder leaves with a systemic weedkiller .. this kills a lot of it after a few months .   The trouble is it does come back as once its there its there for good !

Chris

Seedlings and 'true leaves'

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:31

Have just been browsing my seedlings with my electron microscope and have spotted the beginning of the true leaves !

Yippeee !!!!

 

Will keep the faith for another few days before I prick them out ... who knows more may appear !

Seedlings and 'true leaves'

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 14:08

Thanks all,  sounds like thats the thing to do.

 

Will start tomorrow !

Soil Problem

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 13:13

I'd gues either weed killer / chemicals in the bed or shade / dry.

Why not put some shade loving plants in the bed ?

Chris

Seedlings and 'true leaves'

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 12:29

I've planted some Rudbekia 'Cherry Brandy' and Antirrinhums in 2 seed trays in my house.   They have both germinated and I have placed them on a table by a window.

They are now getting a bit 'leggy' and, although they've been there about 3 weeks,  they have yet to grow their 'true leaves'.

Can anybody tell me when they should appear ?  or have I made a grievous error !

Thanks    Chris

Discussions started by Chris 7

Excessive cost of seeds

Replies: 21    Views: 478
Last Post: 13/03/2014 at 20:54

Excessive dampness in shed

Is the presence of a carpet causing problems in my shed ? 
Replies: 10    Views: 364
Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 14:22

Protecting a Hebe over winter

Replies: 2    Views: 350
Last Post: 31/08/2013 at 13:23

raspberry--how-long-do-they-last-

Replies: 3    Views: 350
Last Post: 09/08/2013 at 18:59

Ideas for shading plants please

 
Replies: 4    Views: 276
Last Post: 19/07/2013 at 14:44

Scale Insects on my rose

 
Replies: 3    Views: 237
Last Post: 19/07/2013 at 14:30

Apple Trees losing thier leaves

 
Replies: 1    Views: 229
Last Post: 18/07/2013 at 13:01

Greenhouse tomatoes : Pollination

Replies: 2    Views: 322
Last Post: 23/05/2013 at 13:38

Cutting the top off raspberry canes

Replies: 5    Views: 578
Last Post: 16/05/2013 at 19:02

Pinching out Antirrinhums (Snap dragons)

When should I pinch them out ? 
Replies: 2    Views: 367
Last Post: 28/04/2013 at 12:30

Seedlings and 'true leaves'

Replies: 15    Views: 1024
Last Post: 24/03/2013 at 13:26

Supporting plants

I need tips for supporting plants 
Replies: 10    Views: 704
Last Post: 03/03/2013 at 17:39

Looking for flowers to 'fill in' a border

Replies: 9    Views: 927
Last Post: 03/03/2013 at 16:59

Plant Protection - Fleece 'Hats'

Should you remove them from the plant at periodic intervals ? 
Replies: 12    Views: 628
Last Post: 12/12/2012 at 17:57

Watering dormant plants in an unheated shed

Replies: 2    Views: 576
Last Post: 22/10/2012 at 13:55
1 to 15 of 23 threads