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help! my young cosmos plants are under attack.

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 13:54

Bin them flower, its not worth buying sruff for those seedlings, i have learned over the years that ruthless is the best policy, feb sowing was far to early for cosmos. They will be short lived, just start again and put it down to experience.

As soon as the seeds are about 2inches, get then out somewhere cooler, plastc green house or cold frame, indoors is too warm for them.

Nematode Worms

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 13:45

Hopefully you have warmer night time temperatures than here, nematodes die in cold soil, they do work if temps are right. The year before last 


it cost me 80.00 for them, last year i couldnt. afford them so discreetly buried little pots of blue pellets.You will need to re apply in 6 weeks time though.! Nematodes dont live for long, I dont know why that is as they say they bury into the slug and reproduce.

help! my young cosmos plants are under attack.

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 13:33

To be honest Flower, i would bin those, cosmos grow so quickly this time of year, they will be up and away in a week, and so much stronger,  you can then plant out on May.  if yours are flowering now, they will be over before summer had started.

I sowed some last year in June, on Monty Dons advise and they flowered through till oct/ nov time. Its not worth messing about with infested seedlings.

Dont let them flower until you have a big plant, pick any buds off as they will sap the strength of the plant until its bigger.

Greenhouse seal

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 13:27

There is a company on ebay called Garden Construction Services, or GCS leisure buildings, for about 99p they will send you a load of samples so you can choose which looks right for your greenhouse.

Try looking on ebay under 'GLAZING AND WEATHER SEAL SAMPLES'

What tree/shrub is this?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 12:55

I agrre with verd, can yoh take a close up of leaf and flower.

Weed ID

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 12:52

I saw a remedy for this on a gardening prog this eeek, Garden Hopping.  She said as its stalks are very shiny, weed killer doesnt touch it, but beat it about with a strong stick so that you break the coating on the stems then spray on glysophate. Digging it up doesnt work very well.  Every tiny bit of root left in will grow again.  I dont have it so cant speak from experience.

My Seedlings

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 10:11

Plants are so expensive, you can get loads from a packet of seeds, and they don't take that long to flower, next year they will be lovely, do watch for snails though, they will have them overnight. 

Concrete Belfast sinks!

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 10:04

Yoghurt and soil will not restore them to their original shiney white condition.


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 21:02

Another tip,   dont manure the ground for your carrots, they will be distorted and forked and hairy, but make sure the ground is well dug and soft so the roots can push down into soft ground,

My Seedlings

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 20:56

You can never have too many greenhouses, i am with greenhouses as some women are with shoes! Its so rewarding when you prick out then pot up and finally plant out, be very careful of slugs though, that is very disheartening.

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