Latest posts by Jimbolena

Tomato Grouping

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 15:04

oh dear!

Tomato Grouping

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 14:34

90% of the tomato seeds I planted struck and so I ended up with loads of unwanted plants. The poor wee things were getting totally pot bound and suffering.

I decided to put 10 plants on my staging

and 7 on the floor, which I've just pinched out.

What's the recommended distance between plants, I'm going to do nothing to the plants on the staging except top them when they get to the height of the greenhouse, I want them to bush. A little experiment and a little laziness, I don't want to remove the staging.

So the question again, in case it was buried.

What's the spacing for toms please?


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 14:26

Hey Ladybird4,

Thanks for putting my mind at ease, I had an awful flash of ... oh no .. too late to restart!!

They are looking not too bad, thank you. I have been trying a different strategy with regards to my budget, I'm only a poor cleaner you know, I buy middle of the road compost. 210 litres for £9. It's not awful compost but not the best either. I then put the little fertilizer balls in and some vermiculite and I'm having good success.

The peas in the picture are in my homemade compost, ( Very Proud ) so nothing except some slow release balls have been added, they've really shot up.

It's been a strange year, weatherwise, in Scotland so far. I usually plant my seeds end of March, then we got some sun, then back to cold so nothing was happening with the little plants, until last week and since then, they've really shot up!

Keep shining Mrs Sunshine!

Thanks for your help. 


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 12:52

I've just had a disturbing thought! I've just starting using slow release fertilizers and mixing it in my compost, I use the compost for all my plants, bedding and fruit/veg.

It never even occurred to me that you can't.

Is it okay to use these fertilizers?

Friends Orchid

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 12:45
wendylou says:
Hi Jimbolena, My moth orchids are on a north-western windowsill and get afternoon sun at the moment which is to hot for them but I've put some ultraviolet blocker film stuff on the windows which seems to be working, their not getting sunburn any-more. I water when the bark medium looks very dry, but to be honest when I remember.
I found a very good webpage on YouTube that's very informative. if your friend has the internet called 'miss orchid girl', she does seem to know what she's talking about. Give her a try.
I'm glad I could suggest something useful for you to try. See original post

 Hi wendylou,

The summer was rubbish in Scotland last year so had no reason to garden, just picked up your post now, thank you for your help. I will check that Youtube channel.

Friends Orchid

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 23:31

thanks wendylou, that explains a lot with my friends orchid, she has it on a sunny windowsill without any protection from the sun.

In her defence she was given the plant as a gift and it's flowering really well, she waters it every Sunday without fail so the only thing I've discovered thanks to this post is that it needs to be on a different windowsill.

I have been told that they like the eastern sun so my own orchid has been moved to see the rising sun, it seems that the flowers are starting to burst open, it wasn't even close to flowering, it was in a sort of limbo when it was sitting on the south west facing window. I don't water mine till it's totally dried out. How often do you water yours?


Thanks for your help, I'm going to suggest a voile to her.

Holey Tomatoes

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 11:35

thanks Chrissy, there was a family of mice in the garden at the beginning of the year so what you say makes sense.

Holey Tomatoes

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 06:26

Only my ripe tomatoes are affected, has any know how to deal with this.




Friends Orchid

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 16:52

Thanks Lynne C


Friends Orchid

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 22:47

thanks star gaze lily and Gardenmaiden

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