Latest posts by figrat

May In Your Garden

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 15:12
Bloke's just been round and done Manly Stuff zapping the valerian on the top of my 15' wall. The roots do get enormous, don't they? Baby blackbird is getting more adventurous. Off to pull up chard just running to seed, and planting out kohl rabi. Black and red Russian kale germinating in the gh.

Choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 15:07
Bloke electrified my gh last year, and it has made such a difference! I have a basic fan heater like Shrinking Violet, also good in the summer (haha!) for cooling it down just on the fan setting. Heated propagators also very worthwhile. Oh, and automatic vent openers are invaluable as well. I used to have a wind up radio, but that conked out recently. Used to love pottering about on a Sunday afternoon listening to Gardener's Question Time.

young tomato plants

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 15:01 This is the link to a video by Sarah Raven on this site in the 'How To' section in which she shows how to use the pots you're talking about. Sorry you can't click straight on link, you can copy and paste it into your browser. Or go to the How to section/ fruit and's on page 5.

Talkback: Dealing with lily beetle

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 20:55
Unfortunately not. Squish on sight!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 20:16
What a fab empty canvas to play with!


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 20:14
Well I don't know if this is any help, but I always water cucumbers from underneath. I've got 3 coming on, have potted them on into terracotta pots (~4") and they are each in little terracotta saucers. I splash a bit of water into the saucers, if they haven't slurped it up after 20-30 mins, I empty the saucers.


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 20:03
All points to it being too cold I think. Not too late to sow some more though...

May In Your Garden

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 17:54

Went a bit bonkers in the garden today, lifted, divided and replanted a helenium, moved a big geranium, took out a dead stipa tenuissima and relocated a more substantial grass in its place. And the soil was like dust even after all the rain! Half a trug full of 50/50 comost and leafmould into each planting hole. I sometimes wonder how anything grows here.


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 17:30

Hope you've labelled them now! If you haven't got any labels, cut up an old yoghurt pot or similar and use that. If you've had to untangle them, it makes me think that they're getting a bit crowded and could do with pricking out and potting on. When you do that, replant them deeply up to level of seed leaves. The tomatoes are very frost tender, where are you thinking of growing them? 


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 17:24

If you can't, try and post some pictures and we'll do our best to help.

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