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Latest posts by LorraineP

Curled new growth on tomato plant

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:49

Thanks Bobthegardener. 

Curled new growth on tomato plant

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:18

At the beginning of July my neighbours kindly gave me 5 tomato plants 'Golden Sunrise'.  I potted them up in 9" pots with compost from a grow bag and put them in the greenhouse.  The new leaf growth is tightly curled.  I have done some research and think I may have caused this to happen, as I fed the plants with tomorite before they needed it.  I also think I have also over watered them, indicated by the lower leaves curling inwards slightly.  Please could I ask for some guidance on growing tomatoes in a greenhouse before I kill them by ignorance and kindness.  When do I feed them & how often?  Thanks in advance.



Hemerocallis Gall Midge

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 08:24

I removed all the damaged buds off my plant yesterday.  On opening up some of these buds I found the tiny grubs/larve, presumably of gall midge.  Thanks for this thread, I am now enlightened and will recognised the problem if (more likely, when) it it occurs again.   I'll also be disposing of the affected buds by burning them, when I decide a suitable location for a mini bonfire.  I will also have to stop my practice of throwing dead-heads under the hedge!    

Hemerocallis Gall Midge

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 00:25

My day lily plant seems to be suffering some kind of disease or pest .  I have posted a photo in the hope that you can help me identify the problem.  Does this look like gall midge?  I had initially thought it was slug damage as I caught a monster slug lounging on a bud the other night.   Grrr !! 




What is this?

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 16:25

Its got us all intrigued.

What is this?

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 10:15

Amaranthus ?  

Making Raised Beds

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 23:09

I have just made my first raised bed with decking boards (single storey).  I, also, would have liked doubled the height but that also raises the issue of the amount of compost/soil to fill it.  I had  a mound of spare soil saved from when my greenhouse base was put down,  I have used it to top up a flower border which I have put a raised edge on and fill my raised bed 2m x 1m and my soil mound has reduced by 75%.  So, I'm now trying to work out how best to generate enough soil for more raised beds.  Which ever way I think of it involves a lot of digging in the garden or digging deep into my pocket!

Greenhouse advice

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 20:33

I'm expecting delivery of my GH from The Greenhouse People on Monday.  I was a  little unsure of buying online but the price was so competative I bit the bullet and went for it.  I had been looking around online and locally and The Greenhouse People gave the best value for me, it was discounted.  I'm getting a Simplicity Stableford, green coated, 10' x 8', with 3 roof vents, and 2 louvre vents, and toughened glass for £1038 including delivery to south Cumbria (at the end of a 40 Mile cul-de-sac).  I have been happy with their communications and hopefully their service when its delivered.  It could be worth keeping an eye on their site as offers vary and are time limited.  


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 00:01

I was thinking same as you BL, I remember that one.



Posted: 12/06/2014 at 23:26

 I 'caught that thread' Phillippa and had to re-read it to make sure I hadnt misunderstood it.  Like everyone else, have know idea what Buddyboy was on about.  I get the impression too its not the first time.  Well he did say it was his last post . . . . or did he say that the previous  time?

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