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Gardening errors.....

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 20:20

I should also mention I live on a chalk hill with alkaline, stony soil. I have a south facing garden and it really is a sun trap. I have a patio area with lots of things growing in pots (my experiments). One thing I would have to agree on though is the mint, maybe I should dig it up and replant as its twice the size now and I don't think it will stop there. And very disappointed with my basil. But hey ho. We live and learn. 

Gardening errors.....

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 20:14

Hi again reiver, sounds like you're having fun. And to me that's the whole point, right??? And wintersong thanks for your advice. Although I still can't tell what's what yet. I am trying to create a sensory garden for my boys (my eldest is disabled and blind) hence the herbs and fruit. I do have a few flowers spread amongst my lavenders. Lobelia, petunias, margerhite. The margerhite is blooming lovely. I cut all flowers off the lavender to help establish the roots. And the lobelia is doing better than I expected. 

Oh dear! What's going wrong with my toms?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:15

Ok I went to check on them today, one is a sungold, the other is a red cherry type. The red one is darker green and has more shoots and leaves. Well I removed most of the suckers now. I did notice a flower about to open up and quite a few flower buds. The shoots with the buds (although the buds are small) I left alone. I thought I'd leave them if they are to produce fruit. The sungold tomato has a small yellow flower just opened up. And again quite a few buds. I removed some of the lower shoots, as the higher ones are the ones with the buds on. I really am a novice at this. I guess it's really down to trial and error and experience. They were the only 2 plants I got out of 8 seeds, 4 of each. And I bought a young Italian plum from a garden centre which is now in a trough with marigolds. Was advised to plant near to them. Thanks for your advice

Talkback: How to grow tomato plants from cuttings

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 22:03

Can I pot up the suckers to create more plants?

Oh dear! What's going wrong with my toms?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:56

Ahh yes the suckers! I've heard conflicting advice about those. Most say to remove them and I've heard to leave them alone  so do I cut as close to the main stem as possible? And I've noticed quite a few on my plants. Do I need to remove them all?

Oh dear! What's going wrong with my toms?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:20

Thank you very much for the advice. So put them on a diet 

Gardening errors.....

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:09

Hi reiver, I'm in the same boat as you. I've just started about a month ago. So I'm learning. But I have found my lavender, sage, strawberries, rosemary, mint, lobelia, clematis, carnations, are doing ok. But I had 2 basil plants and the slugs had a huge feats and now they're working their way through the other herbs in my mini herb garden. I think we both have a lot to learn. But I really think strawberry plants are so rewarding for us beginners. I'm very excited to see fruit forming and runners.

Oh dear! What's going wrong with my toms?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 20:59

I have 2 tomato plants in a grow bag, which I water and feed weekly. I actually water twice a week when it's dry. I have lots of beautiful leaves but no flowers or fruit forming. My strawberries on the other hand are forming beautifully and are producing runners too. I am new to gardening so due to lack of experience I don't know if this is right or if I'm doing something wrong. I read somewhere that tomato plants have gone leggy! Could this be the case with mine? Any help please.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 20:37

Hi, I'm new to gardening. But I'm learning a lot. Does anyone have any tips or advice? Anything would be appreciated. Thanks

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Oh dear! What's going wrong with my toms?

Lovely green shoots and leaves, no flower or fruit. 
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