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Fab Gardening Programme

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 12:19

I'm a fan of Beechgrove too.  I like it because it is basic stuff anyone can have a go at and not fancy, exotic stuff that only experts with specialist facilities would attempt.  Mags

canterbury bells & jacobs ladder

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 12:14

The C.Bells are grown from seed and  I have 6 lovely strong little plants and 6 smaller ones.  The J.Ladder is one plant I bought.  Can these all go out now or keep till spring (in cold frame or garage?) .  Also, will the J.Ladder seed all over the place? !!  Thanks, Maggie

Hyacinths

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 19:52

I like to get my indoor ones planted at end August to get them into flower for Christmas.   I love the perfume of them, too.

I wonder when others get them started?   Mags

Xmas Presents Amaralyis x 2

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 11:39

I've never tried to save amaryllis before. Encouraged by this forum I am giving it a go with 2 that I received as presents last Christmas. 

The red one that flowered still has all it’s green leaves. None are wilting. The white one that didn’t flower has lost its leaves and produced a new one with another leaf coming. Neither have had a dormant period, although the compost in both fairly is dry now.  How do you advise me to treat them now?  Hopefully I will get both to flower this year.  Many thanks, Mags

black opal tomato plant

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 21:05

Fingers crossed my Black Opal will come ok then.

That was an interesting link, dovefromabove = thanks.   Mags

black opal tomato plant

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 19:25

I have one Black Opal tomato plant, which I've not had previously. Are they particularly tricky to grow - do they need special care?  The whole plant has a blueish tinge to it. Although it has produced 3 clusters of flowers no fruit set on the 1st cluster, there seem to be just 2 fruits on the second and I think 2 on the third (still tiny).  It is in a pot standing outside beside the 3 x moneymaker and 3 x sungold and 1 x peardrop.  All these are happily producing fruit.  Has anyone any explanation for the poor performance by the Black Opal?  Should I just throw the thing away - although I was looking forward to tasting 'black' tomatoes. I don't have a greenhouse to move it to!   Thankyou, Mags

 

Christmas Amarylis

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 19:41

ok, on with the food!  Than ks.   And fingers crossed!  Mags

Christmas Amarylis

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 19:42

I've kept 2 bulbs, both still have strong green leaves. But ..... the bulbs are now small. Half the size they were originally.  I will admit to not feeding them very much!  So is it worth keeping them?  Mags

cucamelons

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 20:36

I think they were talking about them on Beechgrove Garden programme on Sunday.  I think they transplanted from 3" pots into a greenhouse floor (but I could be wrong about that!). Perhaps you could try to get it on i-player or something.  Mags

white cotton ball looking stuff on plants in garden - also some cobwebs

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 14:18

I've just had that stuff on my potted, 10 year old, Acer.  I had it 2 years ago and sprayed it with Provado and that got rid of it but this year the insect has been worse.  As before, a good spray seemed to work BUT now the acer looks as if it is dying!  A lot of leaves are going brown.  So be careful what you use on which plants.  Mags

Discussions started by staffsmags

'Dead' soil

to manure now or not? 
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cleaning bird feeders

What sterilising product 
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anyone used this brand?

Molloy's Multipurpose compost 
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when to cut back Fountain Grass?

miscanthus kleine silberspinne  
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BIG BIRD WATCH

How to submit results? 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 17:26

porridge oats

ok to feed to birds? 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 16:23

Feeding Amarylis

What to use? 
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Last Post: 09/03/2015 at 18:38

only leaves

Amarylis not producing flower stem 
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Last Post: 26/03/2015 at 16:17

unknown grass

what could it have been? 
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Last Post: 31/10/2014 at 14:38

canterbury bells & jacobs ladder

plant out now or in spring? 
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Last Post: 02/09/2014 at 14:21

Xmas Presents Amaralyis x 2

What to do with amarylis now? 
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Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 11:39

black opal tomato plant

leaves discoloured - why? 
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Last Post: 17/04/2015 at 20:39

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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