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Tomato Feed - Yes or No

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 14:53

I would leave them in the conservatory.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 09:27

Is it in heavy shade all day? It looks like a combination of poor drainage (clay underneath?) and too much shade or something trampling all over it.

When you say you have treated it to feed, weed, and seed, twice, when was this?.  Its too early in the year for a response to that regime .  If you have recently seeded and it is not waterlogged or been eaten by the birds, seed should start to grow in the next month.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 09:09

 Mrs Garden,  My S. patens formed substantial tubers. I have potted them and kept warm they are just starting to grow. If you know where yours were, I would gently fork them up, pot them and keep them somewhere warm until they start to grow.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 08:36

Yes its a heated propagator. I switch it off in the day so that it doesn't get too hot, and then back on at night. If the sun is on it as well, the seeds will cook. As soon as they germinate they will come out. I find that a lot of seeds need a bit of bottom heat to germinate, but not to grow on.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 08:26

I have delphinium black knight in the propagator. Just beginning to germinate after 2 weeks.

Restarting failed compost

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 08:19

When you next cut the grass ( do not use grass cuttings that have had lawn weedkiller on), empty the bin out, add the grass cuttings, mix well the old stuff that has not broken down with all the fresh green grass cuttings. water it if it is too dry(fresh urine or water). chuck it back in the bin and stand well back. If that doesn't heat up within 48 hours , give it up as a bad job.  it should heat up and sink to about half the original level. At this point you need to empty it out and chuck it back in again to get some air in and it should have a second heating up. If it gets too  dry add more urine or water.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 08:09

Its been wet here overnight but the sun is trying to get through. Supermarket shopping for me today. There is a builders bag next door on the growing rubbish pile. I am going to ask if I can have it, just the thing for all the leaves I forgot to sweep up. I wont mention all the poppy/foxglove/linaria seeds I scattered on their soil banks. (or the rose cuttings)


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 07:49

Good morning, everyone.

I have some salvias that have survived the winter. Last years S patens and S. microphylla both grown from seed, have survived. The microphylla is shooting from a woody base, and the patens formed tubers and is growing from the tuber like a dahlia.

I have planted more patens from seed, because I just love that intense blue. I saw some amistad last year and i was impressed but I loathe paying £10 for a plant that i know will die in the winter,and theres only so much I can cram in the greenhouse.

Mrs Garden I have PM'd you

Topsoil help needed

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:00

I think the manure is too fresh. Use it in the compost heap mixed up with other stuff and leave it for a few months.  I can't see the sand being much use. Can you get a sack of peat or fine composted bark or other soil conditioner?

Favourite gardens to visit?

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:52

The lost gardens of Heligan. Also Trebah (both in Conwall)

Harlow Carr near Harrogate, Yorkshire.

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