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What is this weed?

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 09:48

Sarah, does this weed flower if so does it look a bit like a buttercup. You seem to be describing (I could be wrong) creeping buttercup. Low growing travels fast on long creepers which root, three leaves with jagged edges and can even set itself in paving if there is a gap. I get some every year and remove it by hand when I find it otherwise it takes off all over the place. I do not use weed killers but if you do, coil some of the creeper up and put it in a plastic bag then spray into the bag and tie off, in time it should get the roots. Modern weed killers I am told are not very effective so it is on your knees and try to catch it at first sight. Who said gardening was easy?

Frank.

fertilizers

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 09:27

Sunbeam2, the best way with tomato's is to wait until the fruit are ripening then apply a Tomato fertiliser such as Tomorite or similar. Tomato's need "Potash" but do not need too much "Nitrogen" one promotes fruit ripening and the other plant growth. I always found that topping the pots up with a few trowels of good compost two or three times during the season gave the plants all the goodness they needed and using a "Potash" feed for the fruit little but often did the job for ripening. As with all things read the label and comply, more is not always better and can have a detrimental effect.  If the label says apply two caps to a can of water once a week I add one cap to a can but twice in the week this gives the recommended quantity of nutrient required. Hope this helps.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 09:00

Teesside, we got a good soaking too yesterday Geof so it was country wide. Today is all over grey cloud and when I put the bins out spitting a bit, still it is getting lighter by the minute from the East so we must have sea breezes this morning. It is green waste day so bags of lawn mowings I have saved, I use some well mixed with rougher stuff in my compost but have far too much to keep it all.

Frank.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 23:47

Tee Gee, could well have been two years in the desert followed by long winters on Luneberg  and I left my great coat in the desert!!!

Frank.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 22:58

Jean you made it over and welcome. You will find it best to read along the top of the pages and clicking on to latest posts hot threads or newest topics. Down the left side there are discussions that are going on so it becomes quite easy to find what you want. You did better than me I have not tried to put a photo on yet not knowing how, some one will tell me.

Frank.

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 22:36

Suze, loam is basically soil as Burhinus rightly says only not always found in those precise percentages. Seeds like babies need some weak nutrition when they are first sprung from the seed you plant, so a seed compost would be a third loam or compost, a third fine grit for drainage and a third washed sand. The seeds will happily germinate in that with some bottom heat, remember all seeds do not need heat though some need more heat than others. Once the first true leaves are set pot the seedling on into half loam, a quarter fine grit and a quarter washed sand, this is the next stage of weaning the young plants. The last move is to loam with a small amount of grit and sand and that should do until you harden the plants off and plant them out. each move give more and stronger nutrition.

Pure Compost is what you make in your compost box or bin at home, waste material which with heat air and time will become pure gold. When planting new plants I dig in some of my own compost to give the plant a boost until it has settled in not forgetting to always water in a new plant after putting in position. Hope this helps.

Frank.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 17:46

Hello Lorea not my war stories they were written for the Panto we once had years back tongue in cheek but probably a grain of truth in there somewhere. With long army service it is surprising what humorous events occur and I always saw the funny side of things, well you had to or sink. It is a good site glad I came and happy to meet so many good gardening virtual friends.

Frank.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 15:06

I love this site and managed a few answers to queries, what is normal practice to us oldies is all new to the young ones, I hope I can keep helping.

Frank.

Talkback: How to grow tomatoes in a greenhouse

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 15:00

Nibsy, Dig out around six inches of greenhouse bed, put down a heavy liner and put your garden fork through it in several places. Now cover with pea gravel.

You will need to use 10-12 inch bottomless pots or rings made from stiff plastic, place them on the gravel, it is best to put some plastic or thin wood under the pot first, this keeps the compost in place until you compact it a little. Fill the pot about half way with good compost, you can use glow bag compost for this and then slowly withdraw the plastic or wood under the pot, let that settle and warm up keeping it slightly damp.

My way is to put the small pots the tomato is in untill it has set the first fruit (tiny green lumps behind the flower) into the rings on the gravel and let them aclimatise, a few days later drop the plant out of the small pot and into the ring, water in and leave.

When all around me had blight I had tomato's right up to October, they need a bit of care. The bottemless pot allows the water through to the roots in the gravel where it is needed though the main pot still needs to be slightly damp. When you have a few trusses set then top up the pot with fresh compost, do this a couple of times as the plant grows. Tie the plants to canes or strings with loose ties, take out the side shoots that grow from the leaf axle and when the first trusses are fully ripe then remove some of the bottom leaves. When it gets late in the year if you still have fruit remove the leaves on the sunny side so the fruit will ripen.

I hope this answers some of your queries but come back if in doubt, I have grown tomato's for many years mostly with success although saying that Money Maker are prolific but I do not grow them as I think they are not very tasty.

Frank.

Favourite tools

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 13:39

Kate I throw nothing away so have tools that belonged to my father the best of which is a very long handled Dutch hoe. It reaches well into the beds and is lovely to lean on at times, my first job on going into the garden is get the hoe and wander round it also helps break up the soil. There are trowels for all seasons but they come in handy to lay hands on in a hurry. I usually look for my Secateurs in the compost having put them down after reducing sticks to sawdust. The best tool as I get older is the electric hedge cutter, having several free standing bushes that need to be kept in check, they also come in handy for running over bushy roses or climbers that attack me what ever protection I wear, I have found no difference in fresh growth whether I prune by the book or run the hedge trimmer over them. Finally a very good kneeling stool, at the end of the day I need prise myself up with the long handles, it comes to us all.

Frank.

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