John Harding

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Tomato plants

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 19:16

Very true bigolob. For Jessica's benefit, when you pot your plants on fill the pots with compost and bury the plants to about the first set of leaves above the coteledon leaves - they are the 2 leaves that first emerge when the seeds germinate. The plant stem will readily put out more roots into the compost and give them a better chance to grow. Keep them moist but not wet until the first truss of flowers appears and tiny tomatoes can be seen then feed the plants with a feed mixture such as Tomorite to the dilutions as recommended on the pack. Pick out the little side shoots as they appear (unless you are growing a bush variety such as Red Alert) and support the cordons as they grow with a cane, loosely tieing the plant to the cane with a soft string or raffia. If you know the variety you are growing but are not sure if they are bush or cordon just type the variety name into Google and you should find the information (or just add a post on this forum and someone will tell you). Happy growing...John H

Summer has arrived

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 10:53

Hi all,

I bought this Clematis as a Vyvyan Pennell but whatever it is it sure isn't that! Can anyone ID it? Thought maybe happymarion might know at Bristol Botanics???

 Possibly Lincoln Star?

 John H

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 10:49

I have this Clematis in my garden. We bought it as a Vyvyan Pennell (for the double flower) One thing's for sure - it isn't a Vyvyan Pennell. Quite like it though but does anyone know what it really is?

 Possibly Lincoln Star?

  I'll post it on 'Summer has arrived' section as well in event Marion @ Bristol Botanics may know. John H

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 23:31

I had a friend who died in 1976 (so a long time ago). I knew him as 'Uncle Charlie' but we wern't related. He once told us his wife wasn't much of a gardener but decided to grow some broad beans because she loved them so much. She couldn't understand why none came up at all. When he asked her how she had sown them she said about 2 inches deep. "Did you soak the seeds first?" he asked, "Oh yes," she said, "and I boiled them for 20 minutes before I put them in!"

Summer has arrived

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 23:05

I'm looking forward to it even more now! Only saw a picture of it at the GC but liked what I saw. I previously had a 'Leaping Salmon' rose on the opposite corner of the Pergola, it grew well but the flowers were always scrappy, petals going brown before the flowers had fully opened so I've disposed of it, planted a Wisteria in its place and the Pilgrim at the other end.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 22:54

I recently bought 'The Pigrim' rose. It was in an 8" pot with plenty of compost. When I tapped it out of the pot to plant it at the base of my Pergola all the compost fell off & I had a bare root plant that could only have been potted up a couple of days.(I wasn't best pleased).  Nevertheless I planted it in some John Innes No 3 with some Fish Blood & Bone, having dipped the root in some rootgrow (Mycorrhizal Fungi) + a little in the hole and hoped it would survive. It's been in now for about a month and it has taken off so I'm really looking forward to when it flowers. John H

Plant identifying...

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 22:25

Looks like a Cotoneaster to me.

Discoloured Cabbage plants

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 22:21

I have the same problem Valerie, I bought some Brussell Sprout plants from a local nursery about 10 days ago: they were outside on the benches and looked fine. I assumed they had been hardened off but symptoms now are as you describe. They should recover though. I will add a little Epsom Salts to the soil around the plants, that's one thing that really gives Brassicas a boost. Instructions say don't let ES touch the plant stems, just add a little to the soil around the plant, fork it in with a small trowel/fork and water in. Works wonders.

Tomato plants

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 21:49
KEF wrote (see)

Jessica, whatever happens with your toms, keep looking at the forum, it's good, we learn a lot about all sorts that we didn't even think we were interested in.  This time next year you'll have toms a foot high. All the best KEF.

I'll bet they'll have grown to more than a foot high by August KEF let alone this time next year! JH

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 19:06

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