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Posted: 17/05/2012 at 17:22

Can you tell which is which?

Crazy paving

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 17:20

I suppose a lot depends on how you want your garden to work. For example, is the crazy paving giving you a patio area where you can sit out, and maybe have a few pots planted up? Would you rather the area was turned into lawn, or borders for plants? How much of your garden is covered with the offending material?


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 16:54

Seedlings going leggy is often due to inadequate light. The little things try and reach up to the light source, and if the light only comes from one direction, they lean towards it. Turning the tray/pot daily will minimise the latter. Depending on what seeds you've sown, potting them on deeply, say to the level of the seed, not true, leaves, and improving their light source might help. Is the tray on the floor or raised up? Excess heat can also cause lankiness, so putting them outside during the day (if it's not too vile) and bringing them in for the night for a few days, then they will be hardened off and be able to cope with the big outside world, but do be wary of late frosts, depending on species. And they don't need feeding at this stage either.

Tomato plants/unheated greenhouse

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 15:25
No, mine have spent all their lives in my greenhouse! I do have some heating in there, but have been covering them with fleece on the chillier nights. I'm at the other end of the country ton you though, in South Devon. Do you have a min/max thermometer in your greenhouse so you know how low the temp drops?

Choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 15:14
You will have many happy hours in your greenhouse! I sometimes think that mine is my favourite place in the whole world. Do let us know how you are getting on with it.

Talkback: Growing asparagus

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 13:23
I'm sorry to say that I don't think asparagus moves very well.


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 09:49 You might find this link of interest, sorry you'll have to copy it and paste it into your browser rather than click on it directly.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 09:44
A friend of mine has some very striking rosemaries in large pots which she clips into ball shapes. She reckons the prostrate type is best for this - seems counterintuitive to me, but they do look lovely.


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 09:40
I think it is most likely something to do with the very low temperatures we've been having recently. Even though you have started to harden them off, maybe the soil hasn't really warmed up. I guess your options are: 1- put some sort of protection over them (eg cloches) and see if they pick up - you can take these off during the day, but pop them back on at night until we get some warmer weather. 2) Repot them - but I fear that might be too stressful for them 3) hope they will recover independently. I've had cloches over the spaces where I'm planning to plant out my courgettes for about 6 weeks now, and when I eventually plant them out, will continue to protect them as in 1).

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 07:42
Fatsia japonica?

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