philippa smith2

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Is Tomorite suitable for any indoor plants

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 17:33

I've not heard of an indoor rose - do you mean one of the little ones sold as Patio Roses ?

You only really use Tomorite or similar to promote flowers/fruit.


Posted: 05/08/2017 at 17:27

Some people prefer privacy and why not ?  

Good neighbours are worth their weight in gold but bad neighbours are dire and cause untold misery for many.

"High fences make good neighbours" - I should have added a couple of feet to mine Fairy  As it is, I'll just have to string Garlic along the top and hope it stops them from encroaching

Is this a Jasmine??

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 16:42

Looks a bit like an overgrown Choisya ( Mock Orange) - produces small white scented flowers sporadically thru late Spring and summer.  Jasmines tend to twine.

Easy enough to take cuttings from.

Someone may be more able to definitely ID for you.

Fuschia cuttings

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 18:23

Any time from now I would think.  You will still ( hopefully) have some decent weather to enable them to root sufficiently well.

If you are talking about the non hardy varieties, you will need to have somewhere to overwinter your cuttings.


Posted: 03/08/2017 at 18:01

Because the plant can only cope with a certain number - if you were expected to produce 20 children to maturity, you would be inclined to ditch a few on the way I suspect

Vinegar as a weedkiller

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 17:42

Depends on what you mean by "out of date" ?  If only by a year or 2 and it still smells and looks OK, why not use it to pickle some of your excess veg ?

I presume the query about feeding it to a Hydrangea is related to the query about colours and acidic/alkaline soil ?

I don't think I'd use any vinegar in the garden - to feed or to kill anything. 


Posted: 02/08/2017 at 15:15

They can be quite addictive Mingles.......nothing like a nice container of them in flower to make people stop and stare

Wildlife camers

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 15:11

That's interesting Sheps.........Crenova never came up in my searches but as I am still after something which will actually work on a regular basis, I'll take a look at that one - thanks

Should I keep these strawberries?

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 19:05

Strawberries will usually fruit well for 2 or 3 years.  After that, you would usually renew them - either purchasing new ones or growing on the runners to replace the original plants.

From your photo, I'd suggest you have too many plants for the length and depth of your trough.  You should also remove the runners - either discard completely if you want some fruit or use them to build up your Strawberry collection for next year.

Strawberries are quite greedy little plants - you don't appear to be  giving them the space and depth they require to fruit well. 


Posted: 01/08/2017 at 18:57

Soil based compost ( JI type 2 or 3 ) mixed with grit.  They like a really well drained base

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