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Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 11:48

Mizzli, we get the same winters here in central Italy. I've got an uninsulated summer studio/office on the terrace. In winter it becomes an uninsulated greenhouse - without a lot of natural light - for all the pots of things that need protection. I cut back the mint for winter and it copes perfectly well.

chilli plant

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 11:43


Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 17:00

Mint doesn't mind being rootbound. Mine's been in the same average-sized pot for years. You can also cut it back pretty heavily on top too. Providing it's got decent growing conditions it will come surging back.

The little flies won't hurt the plant outside. What colour are they? White? If so, there's little you can do to get rid of them apart from swipe at them with your hand. They don't do a lot of damage unless in plague proportions.

The benefits of putting the plant outside in plenty of light far outweigh the little flies.

Mangetout seedlings: 'pinching' and dying

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 16:16

Calendula, if the problem area is at soil level might it be cutworms or similar? Have you had cutworm problems before?

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 12:57

I think it definitely needs more light. The legginess and pale colour indicate that it's searching desperately for light. Is there any reason why it can't go outside? Mint just needs some protection from full hot sun and to be kept moist.

best cherry tomato?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 12:42
Salino wrote (see)

...Camp Joy... I've not heard of that one, sounds a bit unusual...



 That's probably the more common name. It's also known as Chadwick's Cherry after Alan Chadwick, the English horticulturalist who developed it. It's a red cherry on a large, regular-leaf plant. It should be much better known in the UK than it is.

best cherry tomato?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 07:56

I've tried a lot of cherry varieties over the years. The best I've come across is an English heirloom called Camp Joy, also known as Chadwick's Cherry. If allowed it will grow into a huge plant but it's easy enough to contain. Produces masses of delicious fruit. You'll find it at several UK online seed suppliers.

red onions

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 07:52

How deeply did you plant them, bluejan? Unless you absolutely smothered them they should emerge.

Wilting lavender - help!

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 13:53

Amy, let it soak for half an hour then plant it out. Be very careful with teasing out the roots. Lavender doesn't like having its roots disturbed. It needs to go into very well-drained soil with no chance of the roots becoming waterlogged. If need be, mix some grit into the soil to help drainage. Beyond that, don't overwater it. Lavender thrives in dry conditions.

Tomatoes from seed - potting on

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 10:28

Toms are happy with two transplants in their lives. The first, at first true leaves stage (or even cotyledon stage if you like), into no more than a 3" pot. They can stay in that 3" pot until the second transplant to wherever they're going to spend their lives. It doesn't matter if they end up slightly potbound in the 3" pot. It does them more good than harm.

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