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Star Jasmine with red leaves???

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 20:02

Jasmines will always drop their old leaves in my experience. Red leaves at this time of year can mean overwatering. We've had stinking hot weather for months, I was pouring water on the jasmine, with red leaves the result. I laid off the water and they disappeared.

New site - bugs

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 10:45

Ya, the email notifications still missing. They come and go. When they return after an absence I get the missing ones en masse including some weeks old.


Posted: 23/08/2012 at 07:31

ellie, temperature is the key to ripening toms. You don't need direct sunlight. A very very very general rule of thumb is that they take 4-6 weeks from when they first start to change colour from their darkest green. Optimum temps for ripening are low-20s and above. The lower the temps, the longer the process.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 17:23

Brutal here in central Italy. Into the third month in the 30sC, with 40C the last three days. Temps haven't dropped much below 25C overnight, with 29C the minimum the last couple of nights. Tom flowers cooking on the plants, the toms that have set are cooking on the plants, so hot that even the pumpkins won't even produce male flowers.

Splitting Strawberries

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 18:03

Is it splitting or have critters been having a lick or worse? I've got miniscule lizards - about 3" long - around the garden that not only move at the speed of light but love to suck on strawbs. Sometimes they even get their lilliputian teeth into them. Leaves a mark a bit like a split.

Giant Beetroot.

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 08:44

I think I'll let mine develop into medicine balls to hurl at the stray cats that like to potter into my garden and dig up any living thing in sight.

Bay tree

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 08:42

Suckers are usually the best way of propagating bays. Certainly more reliable than cuttings. Dig them out carefully with some root attached and treat them as you would any other cutting.

Giant Beetroot.

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 10:56

Heavens above. You'd've sworn it would have to be woody. Obviously some varieties are better than others, but if I overlook one of mine and it gets to anything like that size, it wouldn't be out of place as a knob on a banister.

rocket being eaten

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 09:54

I get those little critters every season, particularly on the rocket. Oddly enough, they tend to disappear of their own accord. Regrowth is untouched.

Tomato leaf problems - help

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 08:06

It's fungal, Becks. Have to wait to see how it develops to know exactly what it is, but let's not. Nip off those leaves. Looking at the last picture, I'd take off the very lowest branches and probably also the ends of some of the higher ones. Those leaves are huge and things are getting a bit crowded.

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