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Should I plant my celery out yet

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 13:45

Might frost be an issue? If not, you could start hardening them off for planting out in a couple of weeks. Let them out of their cloche, leaving them out later and later till they're comfortable uncovered overnight.

Should I plant my celery out yet

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 08:57

Depends on your weather, Nicholas. What sort of temps are you getting?

Advice for a new veg grower

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:13

Perfect for celery, perhaps. I'd rot.

Passion Fruit Problems!

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:12

You've possibly over-watered and over-fertilised them, Newbie. Cut back on the water, cut out the fertiliser completely, and see what happens. It's very easy to kill young plants with kindness. They're best left, within reason, to develop under their own steam to let them build their strength.

Advice for a new veg grower

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:07

Good thinking, Nicholas. I only ever grew celery once. It takes a very long time, needs well-drained soil, doesn't like too much heat - a big problem here in central Italy - and needs to be kept moist.

Indoor Hydrangea

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:01

Indoor heating can be a threat as well. It dries out the atmosphere. I'm with allaloubee in regard to the overwatering and taking it outside during the day.

Growing tomatoe's indoors

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 13:38

Tom flowers are self-pollinating so don't need insect life. Insect activity can help merely by moving a flower around and stimulating the flower's internal mechanics. You can achieve exactly the same thing by giving the flowers a light flick with your fingers or a brush with the palm of your hand.

Advice for a new veg grower

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 13:37

Nicholas, Thompson & Morgan have celery seeds. Unless you're desperate to grow from seed, I'd plant seedlings. They will cut your waiting time down enormously.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 13:23
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Well, of all the seeds you so kindly sent me Italophile, I seem to have got almost 100% germination  Very many thanks - now we need the warmer weather by the time they're too big for the windowsills. 

Goodoh, Dove, I never have too many germination problems. Some of those seeds are close to 10 years old now.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 13:21
Bf206 wrote (see)
Any views on 'leggy' seedlings? Some of my seedlings I put in propagated seed modules. Some others, I just threw lots in some 3" inch pots and put on a windowsill. The former germinated much more quickly (within about four days) but look pretty leggy - tall and spindly. Whereas the seeds that were more of an afterthought appear shorter and sturdier. Typical.

The former germinated quicker because the conditions were more conducive. Beyond that, legginess is related to light or the lack thereof. Probably those on the window sill are/were getting better light.

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