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Posted: 17/04/2014 at 08:10

I'll do that for you Lily  then it'll be the holibobs  - mini-celebration due 


Posted: 17/04/2014 at 08:08

If you've got a hosepipe this is a good and cheap little sprinkler - you'll get more even coverage and better penetration than with watering cans 


Posted: 17/04/2014 at 08:02

Gorgeous here now folks - bright blue skies and the blustery wind of the last few days has dropped a bit 

Those of you who have to work today - I'll enjoy the weather on your behalf so you don't miss out totally - I'm kind like that 


Posted: 17/04/2014 at 07:58

Grass-seed likes warm moist soil - it's warming up now so it's probably about right 

Not sure where you are - the rain forecast for East Anglia this weekend is now not going to happen according to the agricultural meteorologists - if you don't get rain this weekend put a sprinkler on the lawn. 

Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 07:52

Ah!   Good morning Italophile - you beat me to it!    

Interesting to note that the only fruit we had last year with BER was that odd one which we decided was a stray cross-fertilisation - definitely a plum-shape 


PS.  I've been looking for this, I'd bookmarked it - thought it was interesting 

Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 07:43

BER occurs due to the plant's inability to take up calcium from the soil and transfer it to the fruit due to over-watering.  It can also be exacerbated by over-fertilising of the soil.

Last year I grew approx 30 heritage tomato plants in large pots outside and following advice from Italophile they were planted with a gap of 6-8" between the top of the compost and the rim of the pot.  They were only watered when the leaves began to flag and when watering I filled the pots and left them to drain.  

This meant that sometimes they were only watered once or twice a week.  

Fertiliser was applied when the first truss of fruit had set, and then about 3 weeks later - that was all.  

We had heavy crops of delicious tomatoes and only one fruit with BER and this was early in the season.

Ground elder! Advise urgently needed!! Help

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 07:33

Just to clarify - I suggested Weedol Rootkill Plus because it contains glyphosate.

Human irrigation system

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 07:28

Oh yes, lots of ((hugs)) coming to you from over here Mike.  They do some amazing stuff nowadays so just you lie back and enjoy the attentions of those lovely nurses 

We'll be thinking of you and waiting for you to join us here again 

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 07:18

As Nut says, some of us are very very old, even more than 27!!!  Some of us are so old we're going backwards and are 26!!!  

My first memories are of being shown how raspberries and gooseberries grow on spiky bushes, and of planting crocus bulbs in the garden at kindergarten.  I grew up on a farm so life was always about growing things, and I went to a tiny village school where the teacher was potty about Nature and took us on long walks showing us things.  I then went to a grammar school where the only interesting teacher taught biology.  I developed a good visual memory and an early knowledge of latin names - I've always grown things, even in student digs when I had no garden of my own I looked after the landlady's garden and grew things in pots. throughout my life my art has always involved plants.  A good art education means that I'm a lateral thinker and can apply information learned from one thing to another. 

From my teens I've listened to Gardener's Question Time and I have one of those memories that hangs on to odd bits of information and I still have a reasonable filing system in my brain.

And has been said - if you're really really interested in something you'll remember it. 

mystery tree

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 06:49

Yes, elm seeds - I suppose they're only familiar to we older ones 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Tree of the Year

Some wonderful photographs of wonderful trees 
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If you're buying big pots ....

Beware of being offered stolen property 
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Grafting fruit trees

An art and a science 
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Reporting the Spanish slugs 
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Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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