Just Giles

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red robin standard shrub

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 19:29

Hi Milly,

I have what looks to be a similar issue. I have two Red Robins, 1.5M apart, one is looking dreadful:

 The top of one particular branch looks awful:

 The other one, 1.5M away doesn't look too bad, odd bit of black spot or rust maybe, but not too bad:

 I've not yet worked out what it is, tried a vine weevil treatment just in case, not making any difference.

Choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 16:50

Unlike Lilyanne, I've not had a good experience with my polycarbonate greenhouse which I've had since November last year and my advice would be to avoid them. I only recently got into gardening, wasn't sure I'd stick at it, so bought a cheap polcarbonate Gardman greenhouse.

The quality is awful, there are loads of gaps meaning it doesn't stay very warm once the sun goes down. The 'metal' bits, nuts, bolts and frame seem to be an alloy with strength aligned to a ripe cheddar, I sheared several bolts whilst hand tightening them. When it is windy (I live in Newcastle, to be fair we've had worse than usual recently), I regularly loose panels, some I've still not found, that's despite trying to use many clips, No More Nails and outdoor sealant, the problem is really the frame again which flexes so much because it is so weak. The flxing has warped the weak metal base, so it is no longer flush with the ground, so drafts and many creepy crawlies get in.

Gardman customer service has been nice, swift and sent me a number of replacement parts, panels, clips and the plastic door haning one that broke. But it doesn't make up for the product being so pathetic.

I'll be buying a glass, decent branded one soon and breaking this one up for cold frame parts, if i have any panels left by then.

Curly leaves on tomato plants...

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 20:42

Hi All, I too am seeing the leaves on my tomato and chilli plants curl. I can see a variety of possible reasons suggested above and may try to think of a way to test for each with the 3 mature plants that are doing it. But have also provided some pictures below, in case anyone is able to help me pinpoint the cause. As a bit more background, all three of the taller tomato plants I purchased from a garden centre, though I am starting to see some signs of curl on my grown from seed ones and am seeing it on some of my chilli plants all grown from seed. All plants have been sitting on a window sill temperatures probably 13c lowest, 18c average. On watering, it's my first time growing, reading lots of conflicting advice, had been keeping tomato plant soil very moist and chilli plant soil a lot less. I have been potting on regularly, I've checked for bugs and not found any. Any ideas welcome:



What compost mix for poataoes in sacks?

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 22:46
Do you definitely keep covering up the green bits? I've been piling the earth up to just under the leaves about every 4 days, i thought maybe the plant needed some foliage showing to collect the sun and fuel the potatoe growth?

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 22:38


Posted: 27/04/2012 at 14:29

I'm having a similar issue, see photo below, plants been fine till now, left one looking wilted all of a sudden, right one looking a bit better, though surpirsed it's flowering already:

Windowsill planter

Posted: 20/03/2012 at 21:15

Thanks for the suggestions

Windowsill planter

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 20:24

Hi All,

First time to the forums. I'm just getting into gardening. I'm trying to find some long pots/planters that I could have indoors on my windowsill to take advantage of the warm growing space (not quite got the greenhouse sorted yet. Any suggestions?



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