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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.

Planting Tomato

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 13:46

Excellent idea. A sliding scale based on the ingenuity of the spam.

Planting Tomato

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 11:57

Frank, call me cynical but I think it's just an ad for an electric mower.


Posted: 27/04/2013 at 12:19

Nicholas, unless you've got temps of at least 15C daytime and at least 12C overnight you're pretty much wasting your time. Lower temps - within reason - won't necessarily hurt them but their development will be compromised.

1st early Potateo's

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 13:14

My first Pentland Javelins have just poked their first leaves through the soil after less than two weeks.

Broad beans

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 13:13

Meh, I've got too many other things to eat, Dove. BBs are like peas, beans, etc. They need plenty of water when they're flowering. I planted mine last November and sort of forgot about them. Went to have a look, found tons of flowers but very dry soil. A couple of good soakings and now there are pods all over the place.

Hot roof garden = dry pots!

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 13:09

Welshonion is right about the size of the pots. The colour of the pots and even what they're made of will also contribute to their capacity to retain moisture.

The darker the colour, the more heat they will absorb, the quicker they will dry out. Terra cotta pots will dry out quicker than plastic ones because the terra cotta "breathes". Plastic doesn't. I prefer terra cotta because its capacity to "breathe" is, I think, healthier for the plant inside. The downside is portability. Terra cotta pots can get mighty heavy.

I hope you weren't fertilising your lavender and rosemary, Jessica, because it's the last thing they need. They thrive on controlled neglect in very very well drained soil.


Tomato/Chilli Transplants not growing!

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 12:50

Tom, if they had true leaves when transplanted they were ready. You can even transplant at cotyledon stage if you're careful. I do. Despite the tin foil-lined box and the south-facing window, they just haven't had enough light. They might also not be warm enough.

If you have a desk lamp or similar around the place, put them under the light. Lower the light - or raise the plants - till the light is about an inch and a half above the plants. You won't burn the plants. Leave the light on for at least 12 hours a day. Watch the moisture levels in the mix because the warmth will dry things out.

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