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Carrots not germinating

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 21:16

Hi, KEF...do you come here often?

Parsnips are notoriously difficult to germinate and certainly it doesn't pay to use anything other than fresh seed.

*One trick you can use is to pre-germinate the seed in wallpaper paste, then sow the seed by piping the gel along your seed drill.

* I would just say that I done this successfully years ago, but I'm not sure if there any detrimental chemicals in today's paste.....perhaps worth a trial for someone.

 

Something eating leaves on our plum trees

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 17:25

I've answered a query similar to this a few days ago. I suspect it's an infestation of plum aphids. If so the little critters will be inside the rolled-up leaves.

Although it's unsightly, it won't affect the fruit. although the honeydew they secrete will attract sooty mildew fungus later on.

Difficult to get rid of unless you are prepared to spray and a systemic spray will need to be used as a contact spray can't reach them....would recommend 'Bug Clear'. 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 17:09
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/006_zpse83fef73.jpg

 

 

 Close-up of aforesaid azalea.

Some of you must have absolutely beautiful gardens.

Carrots not germinating

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 16:58

Hi, Nin....I can understand your concern, but if the soil isn't warm enough, I've known carrots to take six weeks or so to surface.

Tomatoes - possibly my second mistake of the year!!!!

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 16:31
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

Ha ha FG, someone yes it takes a while 

Remove the growing tip......whoever would do such a silly thing, certainly not me ever LOL 

Thank you David, I have 7 of them living happily in the GH 

Bask in the glory of your success at the mo, OL.. .but later on in the season you may get a situation where your plant/plants will develop two growing heads/tips and you may get puzzled as to which one to retain....or you may wish to keep both, but that's for another day.

Tomato varieties for outdoors

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 11:35

Given that outdoor varieties of tomatoes are more prone to the dreaded blight, I would grow varieties that offer some blight resistance......'Ferline' is very good in this respect.

However, the end result depends what kind of summer we get.

Tomatoes - possibly my second mistake of the year!!!!

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 11:28

Far be it for me to complicate things anymore than they need to be, but a classic mistake made by even experienced gardeners is to remove the growing tip by mistake...it is an upright side-shoot, growing in a different place of course.

So until you get the hang of it proper, just remove side-shoots from between lower leaf joints.

OL, that's a cracking little tommy plant, btw.

I need hugs too....

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 21:41
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

Oohh, David Moyes.....I wonder if he likes living beside the Seaside 

 

Maldives maybe!  I always liked Ian Holloway meself, though I think you would do well to get Jackie McNamara.

Should I repot my tomato plant

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 20:46
Perki wrote (see)

I think they be fine for now in the 9 inch pot. I got some in 4 inch pots about 12 inch tall, they will be planted in the ground probably this weekend.

I am not sure but i be tempted to pinch out the flowers, so the plant gets bigger. I am not sure though, i not all knowledgeable on veg ( well fruit in this case ) but its still  veg to me 

Whoops......no! Don't remove any flowers and re-pot when the first fruit has set

CUCUMBER

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 20:37

I think this may be due to water lying around the base of the plant in the early stages.

The stems which are delicate and vulnerable to cold (especially during the night) should be planted on a mound of soil to avoid water accumulating around the plant.  

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