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Latest posts by Leggi

Tulips in Pots

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 23:56

If in doubt do nothing. Many bulbs flower for years and years so save yourself some effort and considerable expense and see what comes back next spring. That way you'll know what to replace and what likes being in your garden.

The time to give your bulbs a feed is in the autumn, so you haven't missed anything yet.

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 20:40

It was planted in a large raised bed with one other tomato plant with plenty of room around it and hardly ever (I think pnly twice actually) watered. I thought the one next to it was ok but having just had a look it does appear to have it too, I've pulled up the first one and cut off the infected parts on the second. Will keep a close eye on it as you suggest.

It's so disheartening when you grow things from seeds and care for them for so long to have to pull them before they've produced a single tomato. Poxy blight, but on the plus side I may have a new flower bed to plant up and the 6 or so tomatoes growing in the front garden seem fine.

Thanks for your advice Dove.

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 19:01

I've seen the beginnings of blight on one of my tomato plants which is planted in the ground, the main stem is quickly turning black. The plant itself isn't heavy with fruit and has just a couple of medium sized toms which are far from being ripe and a few new flowers brought on by the slightly warmer weather over the last few days.

Question is how effective is Bordeaux Mix, and is it really worth it for a plant which has so far produced so little?

what can i use instead of plastic pots

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 19:47

Most of the garden centres near me have a large bin neat the exit where they put trays (usualy used for holding pots), I've used these quite often as seed trays, but I guess you could also pot on in to them.

As kate says you can also use newpaper (link).


Posted: 08/08/2012 at 00:41

I'm in the south east and one of mine is huge but only just starting to bud, I agree with everyone else the weather has set them back a fair way. From next week we're supposed to be getting a warm spell, fingers crossed it will bring them in to flower.


Posted: 06/08/2012 at 16:46

I seem to remember there being a sweet pea expert round here so I'm sure he'll offer you some good advice.

It seeems a bit too early for them to have done their bit, especially as how late everything is this year because of the weather. Take the pods off if you want the plants to continue to flower (you can leave a couple it you want to grow your own seeds for autumn/spring, as said above).

I'd give the plants a feed make sure they are kept well watered and take the yellow leaves off, you should then get a lot more flowers.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 15:38

The mother of all thunder storms is currently roaring above me is the greyest of skies. It's a good job I didn't have much planned to do outside today, tomorrow better be dry as the endless work at the allotment is planned to continue.

Annuals, Perenials and Bi-annuals

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 18:24

I'd like to add don't just go by what the label says, some places sell plants as perennials when they are not hardy or need some care over winter (without giving you the information to look after the plant over winter). However, the internet is a huge resource, and if you look up and learn about your plants and the best way to care for them you can get great enjoyment from watching them year upon year (RHS website is good for giving info on plants).

This site is also great for that, as there are so many posters with so many years of knowledge who love to talk about plants, so don't be afraid to ask any questions you want, in my experience it's a very friendly place.

Rhubarb in pots.

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 18:12

My Rhubarb is planted on the north side of an east west fence, it loves the wet and doesn't mind shade at all. It didn't do at all well when it was in a sunnier spot which is  why it got moved.

Fork Handles

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 16:26

What a performance that was

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