Latest posts by Leggi


Posted: 05/07/2012 at 20:00

My Lilliputian plants arrived today, I've never seen plugs that small before. Luckily enough I had a spare tray with 9cm pots and space to grow them on for a little while indoors.

Gooseberry loss

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 16:36

Like most things this year I'm inclinded to blame the weather, there are few gooseberries on my bush too. They do however need a lot of water to produce fruit, I guess they haven't liked the cold and windy spell.

Invasion of the slippery slugs

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 23:34

I have just come back in from going outside with a sturdy pair of scissors and a torch and snipping about 30 of the 'orrible little bleeders. I hate doing it, but I also hate looking at plants I've nurtured for months being munched to death.

This evening I worked out where they were coming from and have put slug pellets down (I still say a quick snip is more kind) and will probably try a salt barrier tomorrow when I can see what I'm doing properly.

In the back garden we have a small Marigold patch. I really don't like Marigolds very much but this year my partner insisted on some bargain ones from B&Q that were heavily reduced. Being a kind and generous guy we bought them home, I planted them up in a prime spot (a patch which by late summer will be full of Mrs Bradshaw's )  and the slugs love them. So much so that I barely need to check anywhere else for them. Snip.

More bargain Marigolds have been purchased since. Kudos me.

The problem is we spend our days making almost perfect conditions for slugs and snails and our nights (well mine anyway) fighting them off our beloved, or not so, flowers.

potato problem

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 18:28

It sounds like blight, which often happens when there's been a really wet spell. I'm not sure what the solution is, but someone on here will know what to do.

Feeding tomatoes with powdered milk

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 17:22

I've tried the milk tip on one of my roses today, then used the left over milk water solution to water the tomatoes. How's that for keeping the thread on topic

no apples!

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 18:40

I'm in the south east and our apple tree is fruitless too, I guess the long spell of cold and wet plus a lack of pollinators just after blossoming is to blame.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 15:53

The problem with the Love Your Gardens is that it focussed on the lady's story rather than the actual plants. Whilst I have every sympathy for her, I don't think it's beyond the realms of possibility that the BBC can produce a 30 minute programme once a week without it being shunted off at the earliest possible opportunity.

I probably won't bother watching the ITV series again.


Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:49

You can cut the flower stem off as this is of little use to the plant after flowering, or you can leave them bobbing away in the wind and you might get seedlings.

As Doris says leave the leaves to die back naturally.

Please help in identifying these plants

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 17:45

On the annuals front my local B&Q has loads of discounted trays of plants that have a few plants missing each or just need a good water to freshen them up. They're priced as low as 50p each tray but you'll have to find the discount section. This year I've bought petunias, lobellia, marigolds, geraniums and verbena all discounted, I guess that the rubbish weather we've been having has put people off buying plants.

Please help in identifying these plants

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 16:24

I echo the above, gardeners love to see other people's gardens and also love talking about plants be they weeds or not. Invite your neighbours round.

I made exactly the same mistake as you in my first year gardening, chucked a load of mixed seeds down in the hope something that looked like the picture would pop up, it didn't, and like you I ended up growing some beautifully nurtured weeds.

Don't fret over it, it just proves you're good at growing things.

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