David K

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tomato plants

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 13:26
KevT wrote (see)
is t too early for tomato plants to go outdoors in a cold frame


Unless you live in Jamaica, I would say, here in the UK probably around the second week in June for outdoor plants and the second week in May for those grown a cold greenhouse....soil temperature of at least 10c (50f) for outdoor ones.

I believe there is a variety called Sub-Arctic that fairs better  in cooler climes, but I've never grown it, so can't pass an opinion.

Camera Talk

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 12:52

Oh dear....stand by for a disappointment.   It's a wild honeysuckle, I just took the shot for its colour & form appeal....sorry about that.

Camera Talk

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 20:02


Razor Hoe

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 16:42

Please watch, I'm on commission.


Razor Hoe

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 08:54
punkdoc wrote (see)

Looked at that last night David, I am tempted.


Promise you won't regret it, doc.....I've cleared a patch of creeping buttercup with mine that would have been a real pain without it.

Mine is a right-handed version, so I imagine they make left-handed versions too...given the blade action it would be important to choose the right one. 

Razor Hoe

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 08:05
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

Those are used widely in Japan and the design is probably thousands of years old, so I wouldn't consider it gimmicky at all David.  Good price too. 


Yes, I knew that, Bob.....perhaps I didn't phrase my message very good.

Razor Hoe

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 19:16

Being a bit old fashioned, I've never been very impressed with gimmicky garden tools, but this (IMHO) is a real winner.  


Can I move roses now.

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 11:26

Really better moved while they are still dormant..... if you do decide to move them, make sure you retain as much root-ball soil as possible and plant them immediately after lifting.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 10:36

Yes indeed, FG.....I would just say that camellias grown in pots will need more attention paid to feeding and watering, which would include a feed of ericaceous fertilizer after flowering.......don't feed in the autumn as the resultant new growth may result in frost damage. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 09:30

GD - Thank you....I have this philosophy about gardening, I feel that too much TLC results in weaker plants that are prone to pests & disease.

Therefore perhaps it will be no surprise when I tell you that in all of its 20 years, my camellia  has never been fed. Having said that, I do make sure that the soil doesn't dry-out during the late summer when the following season's buds are setting......if this is neglected, there is a risk of bud-drop when they start to flower.

Of course, the above doesn't say that I choose the planting position & soil type very carefully. 

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