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Tomato Plants with Acne

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 14:34

Its a condition known as Primordia. They are the beginning of a new root node caused by too much water. It is nothing to worry about. Try to avoid wetting the plant itself and only give the soil a good soaking.

Christmas poinsettia

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 13:59

You can get it to turn red again for this Christmas but it is a bit of a chew on.

You have to convince the plant that the days are getting shorter by putting it in complete darkness for 14 hours each night from mid-September. 

After eight weeks bring it into the light, water well and keep warm, and the new leaves should turn red in the weeks before Christmas.

any help for a ring barked tree? :-(

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 01:08

You say the tw**s, sorry landscapers have buried the ring below the ground???

You may still be in with a (slim) chance. How far up the trunk is the missing ring of bark and how far have they buried it. The tree only dies because the missing strip of bark depletes the water supply to the top of the tree. If (and this is very unlikely) The ring is below the ground and the soil is constantly damp then the bark can still draw up water in a capillary fashion and survive. 

It is a very slim chance that this will happen but i have seen it and other weirder things! 

Nature is a wonderful thing.



Maximum yield of spuds

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 00:52

snowathlete. Crops are as cost affective as you want to make them. Some are rare and expensive and some cheap and heavy croppers, like you say. 

Some are hard to perfect and take a few years to learn and that is why some people grow for show and sod the taste. It all comes down to £££ unfortunately. You have to balance the good natural taste and colour from vegand flowers with the expence of seed. 

Please enter some of your own produce at the local leek or allotment show. Most of the categories are free (bar top prize) and the members tend to go for the big prizes, so why not enter and go for the 2nd and 3rd entry. Its more than enough to cover seed for a year and a night out with gardening folk that love to talk and give secrets away after a few!!!

I think you know what i am trying to get at and say. 




Posted: 26/06/2014 at 00:27

Sod the Samaritans pansyface!!!

Mike is not suicidal yet. Though, i think he might be after this post. What next shave his beard off!!! 

He knows where we are when and if  he needs us. He also knows we are thinking of him all the time. 

Nice thought pansyface shame about the ending.

( was i too blunt again?)




Posted: 26/06/2014 at 00:15

The chemical in the product (iron) kills moss and turns it black. Just follow the instructions on the pack and then after the allotted time  you can rake the dead moss out and take it from there.. 

Unknown beetle

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 23:44

The adults look like Shield beetles, Magical Meerkat.

Please do not get confused. They are very similar.

 Too close to call really. 


Posted: 25/06/2014 at 23:39

Ah. Gardengirl.

I was just thinking of you.

I promised to show you my project, some time ago. Actually it was ages ago and it sounds very similar to yours but i have just been too busy ( and over engineered the whole project ) 

Have you found the pallets with the rounded edges. They are a god send!

Mine was just a out door chair and bench  that looks like a sitting room chair and couch. but i have definitely over engineered it. but the frame work is all done and just needs the slats putting on when i can scrounge the nails!!!!



PS. Photo's are always good.

Slug farmers. Volunteers needed. (There's is method in my madness)

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 23:27

Sorry i got a 's in the title along with a is and i can't change it. Sorry.

Slug farmers. Volunteers needed. (There's is method in my madness)

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 23:24

Hello all.

    After reading this article  some months ago ( that i thought was too good to be true) and other things that members on here have said about slug pellets/slug pubs and night hunting with torches. I thought i would look into the affects that (us) gardeners say and what the manufacturers say. We would all like to be chemical free and we all know that Nematodes give the best results.   Obviously there affect on slugs are great and the manufacturers know this and want to keep it to themselves as they want you to buy more.    But these Nematodes already exist in the soil you have, so why can't we expand on this, and use them.  Why not grow our own!!!   As i say i have looked into this both sides and its not for the faint hearted. What i need is volunteers, preferably with two raised beds so we can use one as a control. After that we will just have to wait and see.   Please read the article and comments after, but do not get over excited. There is a lot more to it.   Or is there??????????????

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