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Purple Tomato leaves

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 16:55

I think it may be magnesium rather than potassium that they're lacking. But more likely it's just the cold - mine are the same, although the newest leaves look a bit greener (so far).

Herbs from seeds

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 13:14

If you pick out the tips of basil and space the plants out a bit, they'll fill out a bit more than the supermarket plants - in fact, when I buy supermarket basil, I transplant it into a pot twice the size and space the plats out - it can last for many weeks. But they ares still quite small plants and you can do with plenty of them if you like it a lot.

Coriander tends to stay a bit leggy, in my experience, but is probably better not too crowded. Parsely does best if it's really well spaced out - maybe 8 or 10 inches between plants.

Green pond

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 17:32

No point in restocking unless you can protect your new fish. A net or wires across the pond can help. Plants that give surface cover, such as lilies, provide cover for the fish and also help to reduce the algae by keeping sunlight off the water. Oxygenating plants are good for clearing the water, and/or you could get a littel solar-powered fountain. 

how often should i water new seedlings

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 19:08

You didn't say what type of seedlings, but some, such as tomatoes and chillies, are better watered in the morning, so that they don't get chilled at night.

Yellowing leaves

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 19:11

If there's a lack of anything, it's more likely magnesium. If repotting doesn't sort it, try spraying the foliage with Epsom salts.

New gardener advice on growing tomato's please

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 15:48

If they still haven't appeared, you can cover the top with cling film until they do, so they won't dry out. But remove it once the seedlings emerge.

I have a little bottle-top sprayer that fits on a 2L pop bottle, and is ideal for giving a fine spray on seed trays etc. Can't remember where I got it, but you can probably get them in garden and plant centres etc.

potatoes

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 17:11

If you do plant them out and then are worried about late frosts, you can protect the shoots with fleece, or even just newspaper overnight. I'm not rushing to put mine out yet - for one thing, it is so miserably cold in the garden that I don't want to do it!

FORKERS CLOTHING

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 12:04

My favourite gardening gloves are those "builders' gloves" that have a rubber palm and a cotton back. I bought a big multi-pack from eBay last year and it's nice to have a stock of them ready for when they wear out (which they don't do readily).

And this weather I also wear (if I go out at all) an old, padded waxed jacket, cord trousers, and an old pair of walking boots, which are much warmer than wellies. I am, by the way, a female magpie, which isn't obvious from my picture, or indeed from my garden clothing, as it's all a bit shapeless and unisex.

Evergreen climbers

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 11:56

The "Freckles" clematis, recommended above, is a dainty little thing and won't grow quickly or give much cover for a while. For a fast-growing evergreen clematis, get something like an armandii. And yes, ivy is great for wildlife but the plain green native ones can get a bit out of hand. The smaller-leaved, variegated ones might be better.

Morrisions

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 11:51

I've had some good plants from Morrisons (e.g clematis, hollyhocks, a little amelanchier tree and bedding plants), all much cheaper than at Garden Centres. If you're after bedding plants, though, I'd wait until the weather warms up as it's much too cold to put them out now.

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