Latest posts by Fairygirl

toms have given up !

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 10:23

They look fine to me too. If  the roots aren't filling the pot, there's no need to pot on. 

Tomato plant

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 10:21

Don't fuss over them too much. It's easy to think they're harder to grow than they actually are. 

If they're going in the plastic growhouse, ventilation is the single most important thing as it's harder to prevent fluctuating temps with those. 

Alliums not flowering

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 07:56

I never thought of that Victoria! Look on the bright side JMM - if you grow some spuds as well, you can always make soup  

Scarifying the lawn

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 07:53

Hi Bouleversee - don't worry too much about bits you've missed. If you've caught the bulk of the moss, the grass will gradually spread anyway as you get into a regime of cutting through the season. You can manually treat small areas again, but don't do it too soon. Mine looks a bit patchy too and it's the main problem if you don't use one of those spreaders. Alternatively, just scrape those areas of moss out if thye're not too big, and do a bit of overseeding. If you do that - wait for a good few weeks so that any residue from the moss killer has dispersed. 

Ideally - giving the grass a feed only, early in the season, is a better way of tackling the problem. It encourages everything to grow - weeds included - and then you can use a weed and feed product which works better when there's plenty of growth to work on. Don't cut the grass to short either - little and often. Scalping it only encourages weeds as it weakens the grass and gives them a better environment to thrive  

To be honest - in a big area like Stephanie has - as long as it's tidy and green - that's usually good enough, unless you have endless hours and the inclination to spend every waking moment tending it! It was for me in my last garden as we were constantly keeping the fields at bay 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 07:39

Hi Daisy -  I think I replied about it. They're one of the Greigii tulips - which have that distinctive foliage. I don't remember buying them, and certainly didn't get them with the orders I did online,  so it's probably something I've picked up that was wrongly labelled. The most common one is Red Riding Hood. The buds were looking quite yellowy but I noticed yesterday they looked darker so it's probably that. They're easy to get in most GCs etc, and they're easy to grow - tougher than the bigger types. I'll probably plant them in the front garden as they don't suit my colours in the back garden  

Brightening up breezeblock

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 07:34

Blimey - I won't repeat what I said when I saw that! 

I'm with Pansyface on this. A pot of masonry paint isn't that expensive. I would say a creamy colour too as it works with everything and will be cheerier on a dull day. I used one for the rendered part of my new extension last summer. It's just B&Q's own brand and it's done the job. The colour of butter.

You can then paint your containers a contrasting or toning colour - whatever takes your fancy. 

The garden centres and DIY stores will still have things like sweet peas which you could plant to give you a bit of summer colour. You'd need to attach a few wires or trellis for them, but if you don't want to do that, some 6 foot canes in the boxes will suffice. I wouldn't go for honeysuckle in your boxes as they would probably struggle a bit. Clemtais will be fine, but again, you'll need some support for those on the wall, or a decent sturdy structure in the containers.

If you're handy with a few power tools, you could attach some wall baskets to grow stuff in too. That will break the area up. I'm doing something similar with the above mentioned wall as there's quite an expanse below my windows. I have three wall baskets which will have dark nasturtiums in them, to work with the  hot colours in the bed below. Eventually there will be clematis as well. There's still plenty of time to do something similar with plants that prefer a bit more shade. Even lettuce will be happy in those  if you fancy it 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 07:19

Wiping drips works for me Pat - if it works for you, that's all you need xxx

Tomato plant

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 07:17

Seyfades - there's no need to feed them until the first fruits are set. People tend to overfeed and over water them and they simply don't need that. Watering consistently is the most important thing, not how much they have. They shouldn't be in wet compost all the time.  You may find that if you have them next to your French doors that they're getting quite hot. Ventilation is important for their health so bear that in mind. As AdoAnnie says - support them and give them a little relief from hot sun by moving them away from that searing heat (if you have it!) for an hour or two.

Are they going outside later in a growhouse of some kind, or outside completely? 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 07:06

Hope it's a bit warmer with you Dove than it is here. 3 degrees and the miserable wet stuff   

It's giving the gravel a good wash though!

More tea for me....

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 06:45

About to take daughter to work Pat - she starts at 7. Weather's looking a bit lousy this morning so might go later on 

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