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Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 22:44
My wife makes beautiful green tomato chutney so green is okay with me, I've some seeds sown in the greenhouse, lots of varieties, it's my first go from seed, I've always gone to garden centres for plants but the varieties here in Dumfries are poor and I want some different things.
No seedlings have appeared yet but we've no heat as yet so patience I think.

Any wrinkles on growing tomatoes successfully from seed?

Talkback: Dealing with moss

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 22:22

Great I'll do that, got the seed sat there ready, will get the rake out tomorrow.. if not too wet, it rained a bit today so we'll see.........thanks for your help.

Lavender hedge

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 22:20

I suppose it may look quite nice to dot randomly a few at informal points for some interest, if they grow at different rates, you'd have to wait till they were a certain size before shaping the hedge. I dare say you could cut back the stronger one a little harder then the weaker.

I'm growing the same sort of hedge I spoke of, 2 different varieties, it's very early stages and I hope they go for it this summer. be really interesting to see how it develops.

Lavender hedge

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 22:13

I'm trying to grow a lavender hedge too, I had a go a few years ago when I first started gardening..I, in my inexperience, cut the lavender back really hard but far too late in the year, not one plant survived. As it's a fair few plants needed I just couldn't afford to buy a load of them... There was a deal on for 25 plugs for next to nothing from an ad on gardeners world so I've been raising them and will have another shot at it.

So I've learned not to prune to hard to late. I hope this is useful to anyone thinking on it..pretty obvious, if you know I suppose.

Another lavender horror story I came across was of a Chinese lady, a gardener and a garden centre. The lady wanted 50 lavender plants right round her garden, a lawn and all those lavenders and nothing else. That's fine...whatever she wanted was her choice....actually sounds quite nice...if you had acres of land you could have a dedicated lavender garden, anyway the gardener I was working for asked for advice from the garden centre on how to plant it, they said good drainage and good compost, so he did all that.......all 50 plants died!! I believe he planted another 50 plants and they all died too....I've seen this chap I do occasional work for but daren't ask how that saga turned out, a very sore point indeed.

So I learned not to fuss lavender, I hope he did too. I just plant mine in any old soil after that, the less fuss the better in my view.

Sorry it's a bit long winded but hard lessons to learn and best shared. 

Talkback: Dealing with moss

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 13:33

Thanks for the advice and confirming my thoughts..

Pond/water feature advice

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 22:05

Thanks 

Pond/water feature advice

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:54

Hi scroggin........thanks for the help, I'll check out the specs of the pump

is 1400 L/H a lot of movement of water?

I did see something on youtube about these valves helping to back up water so that it could be directed to higher places, for instance the water will go to the lowest point but this chap I watched installed a ball valve and was able to back up the water enough to feed a higher water fall first!

 

I'll do some homework on the pump and just have a fiddle, it may be the perfect pressure without needing the valve but will see.

Talkback: Dealing with moss

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:43
Hi,

Thanks for the good advice and I've followed most of the steps to a certain point...I was wondering when to scarify the lawn after applying the lawn care. I've had it on the lawn for a few days now?

The lawn at the front of the house gets very little sun until around this time of year till autumn so is damp and like you say, it's been a wet winter. I have scarified it in the past and drained it with a deep fork, this helped loads but this year a neighbour recommended feed and weed, lawn care.

I'm guessing when it goes black then the lawn care has done it's stuff but just not sure.

Pond/water feature advice

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:23

Thanks, don't how it'll affect the pump....I get visions of an hour glass only with water and the pump having a hairy fit. lol 

 

For more photos of my creative bent...http://www.dumfries-art.co.uk/art-blog.html

 

Pond/water feature advice

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:07

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/41090.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

 I'm building the dog bed pond and have thought of an issue.

I'm wondering if anyone can advise me on this question, I think the pump I've bought is a little too powerful 1400 Litres per hour. I have an inline flow rate valve but I'm just worried it'll stress the pump out, what with the water backing up.

Am I worrying needlessly? This is my first water feature.

Thanks in advance.

Discussions started by Jimbolena

Does anyone know what this is?

This was sold as Auricula seeds but I'm not sure 
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Last Post: 25/07/2014 at 08:26

Auricula help

I'm a complete newby with seeds so could use some help please! 
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Last Post: 19/05/2014 at 20:43

Talkback: Dealing with moss

Hi, Thanks for the good advice and I've followed most of the steps to a certain point...I was wondering when to scarify the lawn after appl... 
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Last Post: 08/04/2014 at 20:15

Pond/water feature advice

I'm building a small water feature and am thinking ahead, whilst waiting on the pump and bits, I've thought of an issue!  
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 22:08

Unknown Plant

It looks a little like really small rhubarb leaves, does anyone know it's name? 
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 20:56

pruning-and-caring-for-apple-trees

I don't know where start with fruit trees, I could use some help. 
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Last Post: 09/08/2013 at 22:23

Harvesting Seeds

FREE seeds! I feel seeds are quite pricey at the moment, I bought a packet of sweet peas last week and I was disappointed at the amount I got! 
Replies: 24    Views: 932
Last Post: 28/07/2013 at 15:16

Strawberries in the greenhouse?

I'm not convinced that this is the course of wisdom but I'm willing to listen to experienced gardeners, 
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Last Post: 20/07/2013 at 19:48
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