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Growing tomatoes indoors

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:08

Hi Italophile   just thought I'd pop in to say I sowed my tomato seeds this week - they're on the kitchen windowsill - let's hope for another warm summer.  


anybody have any spare top soil near chester?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:04


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:04

If we get an early infestation I sort of run my fingers and thumbs up the shoots dislodging most of the aphids, and sometimes I'll give them a squirt with some Ecover washing up liquid diluted with water (about double the strength used for washing up).

 After that I leave them to the bluetits which nest in the garden and the ladybirds. 


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 07:42

Hello Stacey - missed you there!  As long as the pool and the heleniums aren't going in the same place you'll be ok    

Hello Fidget - sounds like you're on a mission!  Good luck - these things are never easy but it will be good to get it done 


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 07:33

Good morning everyone   I've been sitting here listening to a green woodpecker yaffling somewhere out there   It's a gorgeous morning!  When I've finished my second mug of coffee I'd better get dressed and get out there ................ 

Raised bed for alpines

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 07:31

It sounds fine to me - the only thing I'd worry about is that some alpines are a bit fussy about being cold and damp in the winter - I'd try to give these some additional overhead protection from rain/snow and don't let autumn leaves accumulate around them.  

If you've already got the bed built then most of this video will be superfluous, but there may still be some bit of information that will help ....

wildflower area

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 07:20

Do you mean that they're bare patches ln the lawn?

Steep Slope/Bank

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 07:14

We had a similar slope - apart from other considerations we were concerned that it was unstable and that the neighbouring gardens might slide down into ours!  We fixed sleepers with reinforcing rods to secure the bank and filled with a load of topsoil and planted it as a raised bed - it only needs a few minutes going over with a hoe every few weeks to keep the weed seedlngs down  - I'll post a couple of photos to show you what I mean ....

Sorry, the photos were taken to show other things rather than the sleepers, but hopefully you can get the idea 


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 07:00

I agree, the cooler spell has slowed things down a bit but hopefully, from today things are going to warm up a bit. 

Also, if your seedlings are still in their seed compost they'll need pricking out/potting on into some compost which has a bit higher nutrition (seed compost has very little) as soon as they're large enough to handle - I would use John Innes No. 1 loam based. 

Small garden

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:56

Kelly  Can you post us a picture or two and some measurements, then we can have a go at helping you.  Also we need to know which way your garden faces, how much sun it gets and what the soil's like.

To post a picture click on the small green tree icon on the toolbar at the top of where you type your post, and follow the instructions. 

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