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Posted: 15/04/2012 at 18:45

I've found parsnip seeds the most susceptible to age, but I'm still using tomato seeds I saved in the mid-90s. If they prove a tad stubborn, an overnight soak soon sorts them out.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 18:38

This is very standard forum software, Gary. The BBC's software was from the Stone Age.

Veg Patch

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 09:50

Yes, there's a ewwww factor, but providing the poo was cleared away and not buried in the run, it's mainly the wee factor. That's where full-sun exposure is important, turning over the soil, and adding fresh. It wouldn't hurt to plant a late-maturing crop first time out either.

Veg Patch

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 09:19

You'll probably get differing responses to this one, Martin, but providing the area has full-sun exposure, you turn over the soil well and add some additional - clean - soil, it should be fine. It worked for me about 10 years ago without any problems.

planting broad beans

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 09:09

No, it doesn't matter exactly how you plant them as long as they're a couple of inches deep. Spacing depends on the variety. More important factors are the soil conditions - they will rot in soil that stays overly wet - and the timing of the planting. When have you been planting yours?

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 16:34

Looks a bit quiet in the fruit and veg forum.

The Beeb have been closing their message boards over the last 12 months. The radio boards were amongst the first. Though The Archers board will live on, no doubt. It's bomb-proof.

tomato plant pests

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 10:09

The red spider mites I come across aren't white. They're also so tiny as to be almost invisible to the naked eye.

Do they look, literally, like spiders? Can you count legs?

Need help with tomato plants

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 08:53

pierox, Amy's post (above) is a good starting point. The plants are limp and vine-like? What colour are the leaves and stems? How much sunlight are they getting? Ample, or even tons of sunlight, won't cause them to be limp.  Insufficient sunlight could well have them straining for light.

Another possibility. Excessive fertilising, particularly with a nitrogen-rich fertiliser, can cause excessive growth. How often do you fertilise and what with?

Genuine determinate varieties won't grow as you describe because they're genetically incapable of it. If you want more contained plants, determinates are the way to go.

It sounds like you have indeterminates. You can always remove the growing tips of an indeterminate variety when it reaches a size that satisfies you. 

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