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how much water for my tomatoes

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 20:34

Just put my toms in growbags with grow pots and was wondering how much water do they need.The outer rim for watering holds approx 4 pints which I half filled upon finishing  the transplanting and an hour later not much water seems to have gone through to the bags.Does it normally take a good while for water to penetrate  to the bag or is it blocked somehow.I have two plants in each growbag by the way.The plants are approx 12 to 15 inches high with the first flowers just forming..Would half filling every second day be enough.The growbags are in a polytunnel by the way.

Sorry for all the questions but I am new to tomato growing and all replies gratefully appreciated.

cover for my polytunnel

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 13:18

Thats what I was thinking aswell.If I were to put a green windbreaker around the polytunnel to soften the appearance do you think that would interfere with light and heat?

cover for my polytunnel

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 23:12

Hi all,

       I have been thinking of getting a polytunnel in the near future and have been doing my research on it for the last few weeks.I have more or less decided on the style and size of the one I would like at this stage (12ftx24ft) and where it would be positioned in my back garden,and I would be intending to sow the usual veg in it.So far so good you might say but heres my thing, and whilst it may not be a problem for many others reading this I actually think that polytunnels are a bit of an eyesore in a garden and I was wondering if there is any way to camouflage it in the garden without affecting it doing its job i.e. not blocking light heat etc.Is there such a thing as a green cover for it where Ican still grow all the normal veg in it?

Sorry if its a stupid question but where better to find out but here.All answers gratefully appreciated.

whats happening my turnips

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 23:21

Hi all,

         I am having alot of trouble with my turnips this year and was hoping if anybody can enlighten me as to what the problem might be.Basically I sow two varieties each year namely swede and goldenball.Had them sowed and thinned out as usual this year and then virtually overnight the goldenballs leaves just shrivelled up and died.The swedes unaffected.I thought perhaps as they are directly beside my potatoes that they might have been affected by blight spray ( I use Dithane which shouldnt harm plants but in fact should encourage leaf growth)Anyway I resowed my goldenball variety and they thrived again for a few weeks and again in the space of 48 hours the leaves turned yellow shrivelled up and died.I gave seeds to a neighbour and the same thing happened to him, so the soil is not my problem.I returned to the shop where I purchased the seeds, which are well in date, and they said they had no other complaints about the seeds and could not explain what might have happened and offered me some more which I politely refused as I think it would be a waste of time.

I would be grateful if anybody could throw some light on this problem for me.

To buy or not to buy

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 00:09

Hi all,

      I am considering buying a polytunnel.I live in the countryside and have quite a big back garden so space is not a problem,however I have just learnt that polytunnels become a magnet for rats in the winter time.If this were the case I dont think I would bother.Any advice would be greatly appreciated  as they are quite expensive and I dont want to take a chance on purchasing one and then find I have a big problem every winter time.

Pruning a Laurel hedge

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 23:00

Hi,  I have a young laurel hedge about one metre high which was sown from pots last spring.The plants themselves seem to be healthy enough and after the long cold spring are beginning to thrive.However I would like them to thicken up at the base of the plant as they only seem to be growing upwards and as a result there are quite a few gaps in the hedge especially at the base and was wondering what is the best way and time to prune them to achieve this as I am a bit of a novice.

Where are my vegetables?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 23:18

Like jad1 said,everybody is in the same boat with the weather.All my veg approx 3 to 4 weeks behind last year.Hang in there and pray the weather improves!

transplanting wild bluebells

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 22:34

Thanks for the feedback guys,really appreciate it.The woodland in question however is privately owned and there would be no problem getting permission from the owner.Would it still be illegal to pick them on that basis?The bank in question is partly shaded to accommadate them by the way.However as an "amateur" gardener lol I would be grateful for alternate suggestions for my bank! As I said I am in process of trying to brighten it up a bit.Basically it is a rough grassy verge at the end of the lawn with the bank directly behind it.The verge is about 30ft long and 5to 6ft wide and an uneven surface which I use a strimmer on.The bank is same length and about 5ft high.It has a rough enough surface with stones etc protruding from the top and side as it is the perimeter around the said woodland,and I just strim that aswell to keep tidy.I just want to brighten the end of the garden up with some colour.There are two ash trees on the verge sown about 10 yrs ago so I am just intending on putting bulbs or something  in there that requires no maintenance but would brighten the area up.Hope I have described it in enough detail and I would really appreciate any suggestions.

slugs

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 23:33

I keep a few ducks and over the winter I let them loose in my vegetable patch from Nov to early March I never have a problem for the rest of the year,Thank God.Might not be practical for everybody but if at all possible it is worth it.

transplanting wild bluebells

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 23:27

Hi ,there is a carpet of bluebells in a woodland directly behind my back garden,really stunning looking at the moment..I have a bank at the end of my garden and am in process of planting it up with daffodils and tulips  and was wondering if I dug up some of the bluebells would they grow on my bank.If so ,when would be the right time to do this.

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how much water for my tomatoes

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cover for my polytunnel

 
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whats happening my turnips

 
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