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Latest posts by staffsmags

chilli re-potting

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 16:55

Mattbeer's pots are the size I will use when I pot mine on, probably this weekend.  If the pot isn't big enough the chilli plants won't grow properly.   Mags

chilli re-potting

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 21:16

Hi. A 4" pot seems very small.  My chilli plants are  6"  tall and I will re-pot them on Wednesday.  Mine are Hot Patio Sizzle variety which don't grow tall but if you have jalapeno they grow taller and will need staked.  They will go into pots about 8" or 9".  I always put my Patio Sizzle outside from end May, but I found the jalapeno I  had last year didn't do very well outside so I think they need a greenhouse or really bright windowsill. 

I have heard that allowing them to wilt will make the chillis hotter.   Good luck with your plant.  Mags

Suitable place for acer?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 16:48

Thanks Verdun.  I will follow your advice.  My neighbour has done the best he can with the roots, and better than I expected.  Mags

Suitable place for acer?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 12:21

A neighbour is digging out the remains of a leylandii, from where it has been for 20+ years. If I fill the hole with ericaceous compost will it be ok to plant a small acer there?  Thanks for help.  Mags  

Bluetit & Parsley

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 14:44

Today I watched a bluetit pecking frantically at my parsley, then the little bird flew away with a sprig of parsley in its beak - quite a large sprig for a small bird.  Why?  I've seen bluetits on that plant in the past and assumed it was after insects, but this is the first time I've seen it take parsley away!  Anyone know? 

I have heard that starlings will take bits of herbs to act as an insecticide in the nest so do bluetits (and other birds) do the same?  Mags 

Big Begonias

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 18:56

I've got lots of shoot on all 5 of them.  BUT this happened last year and then only on shoot on each did well to give lots of flower - then the broke in August and Sept.  Howerver, I've found one of last years corms just starting to sprout so I will experiment with that as it's a different colour so I don't really want it  and can afford to sacrifice it! Many thanks all, Mags

Big Begonias

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 20:52

Matty,  Would pinching out the tip when the main is growing well encourage the corm to produce more shoots from the corm then?  Mags 

Grow bags

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 16:08

Lets us all know the results if you do a trial please, Steve 

Big Begonias

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 16:05

When my begonias get bigger should I pinch out the tip of the main growing shoot?  Last year they just kept growing from the one shoot (on each plant) and got so long most of them broke of. It happened on 4 out of 5 plants.   Yes, I know it might be a silly question, and I can't find anything about this so what's to be done?  Many thanks Mags.

Bee

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 17:52

You might as well leaves the bees to enjoy the box.  I doubt if birds would use it anyway if you use the shed much, as I think the constant toing and froing would probably be to disturbing for them.  Then move the box to somewhere more peaceful when the bees have departed.    I could be wrong about the birds, of course!  Mags

Discussions started by staffsmags

black opal tomato plant

leaves discoloured - why? 
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Last Post: 04/07/2014 at 21:05

What is this pest?

'Marshmallow' type stuff 
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Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 20:08

COSMOS pinching out

Should they be pinched? 
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Last Post: 29/05/2014 at 10:24

Pruning a Salix Flamingo

Am I to late? 
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Last Post: 24/05/2014 at 15:14

Camelia query

Should I cut off lowest branches? 
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Last Post: 17/05/2014 at 14:31

Suitable place for acer?

Leylandii was here  
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Last Post: 02/05/2014 at 16:48

Bluetit & Parsley

Bluetit takes Parsley Sprig 
Replies: 0    Views: 91
Last Post: 27/04/2014 at 14:44

Big Begonias

To pinch out or not to pinch out? 
Replies: 4    Views: 250
Last Post: 06/04/2014 at 18:56

crown imperal lillies

no flowers this year 
Replies: 0    Views: 111
Last Post: 30/03/2014 at 21:11

Begonia Tubers

Positioning? 
Replies: 5    Views: 271
Last Post: 11/03/2014 at 18:49

Growmore

How often to use it? 
Replies: 4    Views: 516
Last Post: 23/02/2014 at 19:29

miserable strawberry leaves

can I remove dead/dying leaves now? 
Replies: 5    Views: 299
Last Post: 03/02/2014 at 20:28

first earlies

Which varieties do you like best? 
Replies: 6    Views: 334
Last Post: 21/01/2014 at 19:58

hyacinth flowers

flowers shrivelled before fully formed 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 22:48

Alstromarea

What to do with flowering alstromarea? 
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Last Post: 15/11/2013 at 12:52
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