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David K

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Growing tomatoes

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 08:37

Steve - afraid I can't agree with what you say about the right time for potting-up those tomato seedlings.

Research has been carried on this and the conclusion was that these seedlings should be potted-on immediately the seed leaves have straightened out.....otherwise it affects the formation of the bottom truss of fruit. 

Any good lawn mower forums?

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 21:09
softcentre wrote (see)

Hi Guys. My son has just been given an Atco Balmoral 17s. He is wondering about getting a scarifier head for it too. Do all Balmorals use the QX cassette system? How can I tell if its a cassette cylinder or not?


There's a lawnmower museum in Southport who kindly supplied information documents to me for an old Atco I was restoring.

So Annoyed!

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 21:03
1634 Racine wrote (see)

Got home today to find that something (deer?) had been in the garden eating my beloved plants 

Tulips - emerging heads chewed off

Roses - nibbled down to the bone

Hollyhocks - munched to pieces

I am beside myself.  Does anyone have anything positive to say that will get me out of this funk?



Oh deer!

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 09:04

I do get confused sometimes when hearing 'need to harden them off'....but why soften them in the first place?

Yvie - pleased to hear of your success. I haven't made any kind of price comparison, but I do know that buying quality seed increases your chances growing quality plants and I do know that Eagle SPs are second to none.

Edit: I would just say again, protect those young plants from  these cold winds.....I have never lost them to frost, but I have lost them to cold winds.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 17:19

Hi, Denno.....if you live in the UK and anywhere south Aberdeen, I would suggest they should be their flowering spot by now.

As I keep saying, please offer some protection from these very cold winds. 

Top Tom Tip

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 09:47

Cut my gardening teeth on the wisdom & advice of the likes of Percy Thrower, Arthur Billitt, Geoffrey Smith, Clay Jones and Geoff which I will be eternally grateful. 

Seed fertility

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 08:39

I've used Franchi seed for years and would recommend them with confidence.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 22:04

Fierce biting winds here in the Midlands today, sweet peas really don't like this so try to offer some protection if possible.

Top Tom Tip

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 15:48
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

How do they know they've been potted on?


The bottom truss tells em!

Top Tom Tip

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 12:32

Many years ago my old friend and presenter of Gardeners' World, the late Arthur Billitt gave me this tip. Prior to presenting Gardeners' World he worked as a research aggri chemist for Boots.

He said they had conducted trials on tomatoes and it was found that the size of the bottom truss was influenced by when the seedlings were potted-on. Tomatoes should be potted-on immediately the first pair of seed leaves have straightened out and for each day's delay in doing this reduced the size of the bottom truss.

Plant them deep with the seed leaves resting on the compost.  

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