Garden Maniac

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Posted: 10/05/2013 at 22:10

Egg shells - only thing I've found works, especially with small tender plants. 

No blossom or magnolia flowers

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 21:59

At least your magnolia has leaves - and healthy looking ones too!  Mine has small buds, definately no flowers and few and far between!  

It is magnolia 'Limelight' with green-white flowers (supposedly), planted last year - it is annoying as my neighbour's magnolia is full of blossom and looking quite handsome - mine is little more than a stick - if anyone has any suggestions of help I would welcome it! I too am wondering if I'm expecting too much too soon?

Seed raising problem

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 21:49

Thanks for all the above suggestions and responses.  This makes me think that by trying to do the 'right thing' by way of the compost, I should actually stick with what I know and do what I know works best. It is interesting to see how many other people actually have done similar things with similar outcomes -  the joys and experience of gardeneing!   You live and learn!  Just in response to Mummy Muddy Paws - growing windowsill plants is great - the outcomes are fantastic without the faff!  How you move away from the reality sometimes in order to get a 'professional' response with limited success!  I wish those Courgettes and Pumpkins that you and your son have enjoyed much success!

Seed raising problem

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 21:38

Hi Marshmello - electric propogator has been in use since early February - it has taken so long to try and establish these plants (that's another problem too). Now, at this time of year I wouldn't bother with it.  As I said before, everything else including the propogator has been standard practice for me, but this year - no show! I have in the past raised seeds both in and out of the propogator, with no real difference. Maybe, if I'm not too late I'll try without and see what happens - can't be any worse!  Thanks for the comment! 

Seed raising problem

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 20:19

Just wondered if anyone else has experienced the same problem as I have this year - I have raised my usual favourite tomatoes, cucumber and pepper varieties from seed, using my electric propogator to give them a good start.  I have not varied any of my usual practices, although I have used a good quality seed compost this year rather than my usual multi purpose compost that I normally make do with.  All seed types and varieties are the tried and tested ones that I have used before.  All so far, except for two cucumber plants have died or are of a small and incorrect formation (too few leaves, small leaves etc).  What I have noticed is when I have removed the seedlings to pot on, the root systems on them are either very small or flimsy; they do not seem to have developed properly. Not to be deterred I have tried another tray of the same - only to encounter the same problem!   Is it just me or has anyone else experienced this?  It is very frustrating, as my own raised stock for the greenhouse this year is virtually non-existent! 

Talkback: Gardeners' World Magazine Seed Club

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 13:48

There is a small but informative article in this month's GW about testing viability, much the same as Sally Nex is suggesting, growing a small sample of each on tissue and ascertaining how many germinate.  I think I will be doing the same as I have a glut of older seeds in storage this year! 

Talkback: Winter shelter for wildlife

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 21:27
They are cute, agreed, but if you own a cat the rules are out of your hands unfortunately...
I'd named ours Mrs Tiggywinkle... very upsetting!

Talkback: Protecting banana plants over winter

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 11:49
This is good advice - mine is getting too large to keep moving indoors - it's currently in the bath due to a couple of frosty nights! Not very practical! The problem is, I don't want it to die in the frost as its a lovely size and spread, so would it survive in a summerhouse over winter, as it is potted, or is the cold too harsh?

Talkback: Rust

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 20:07
I've got rust on roses, hollyhocks and apple - all in the same border! The advice makes very good sense - I've got a fungicide but was nervous to use it - I'm an organic gardener at heart, but sometimes you have to admit defeat...!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 20:24

I've been at the queen's jubillee pageant at Cosford today with a party of school children, and although it was soggy underfoot, we managed by lunchtime to sit on the grass to eat lunch. The sun came out and we ended up getting burnt!  How's that for July sunshine, and a freak occurence this year - the sun stayed out for the whole of the Royal visit! The Queen must have brought it with her! 

Discussions started by Garden Maniac

Grape Vine Problems...

My vine has no foliage or fruit this year...  
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Black eyed Susan

Is it hardy... 
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Grape Vine Care

Feeding and re-potting a Grape Vine 
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Seed raising problem

Small roots and plants from seed 
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Curly leaves on tomato plants...

Disease, cold or watering problem? 
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Torbay Palm

Can I move them? 
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