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which is best?

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 20:14

I usually use tomorite growbags for my tomatoes. I have been offered Erin  milti-purpose compost very cheaply so would it be ok to use that for the tomatoes?  I do know it is too early to plant up my toms just yet!  Many thanks, Maggie

Overwintering young dianthus plants

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 15:54

Thanks to you both. Thats what I will do.  Maggie

Overwintering young dianthus plants

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 10:40

that's what I thought, but I just wondered what others suggest. Pleased you agree with me, nutcutlet

Overwintering young dianthus plants

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 10:22

Bought a cell-tray of 6 nice healthy looking dianthus plants yesterday for 50p. I am unsure what to do with them. Should I keep in cell-tray in cold frame. Should I plant them out - we had frost Sat night which froze the birdbath solid. Should I move into plastic flowerpots bigger than cells and keep them where?  It would be pleasing if I could have at least 2 left in the spring!  I do not have a greenhouse. All advice welcome, many thanks, Maggie

 

Bird Boxes

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 12:50

Thanks all.  I will get those boxes and put up asap. Maggie

Bird Boxes

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 10:40

I would like to put up a bluetit box and a sparrow box set.   Must they be emptied out and cleaned regularly?  I have good places to site one of each but would have to get someone to put them up, and then I wouldn't be able to reach them for 'maintenance'. Should I go ahead and get boxes put up?  Advice welcome, thanks, Maggie

bay tree

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 10:26

Thanks Alina W. You have reasured me that I can spray my bay nobilis to try to rid it of whatever bug is folding over the leaves. I will gather and dry some good leaves first to use for the next 3+ months.  Maggie

Can I reuse, or should I discard?

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 17:29

Thanks for your replies.  I always store everything in the garage overwinter. The pots were new this year so this time I will give the pots a wash with Jeyes Fluid and store them outside. The stakes I will throw away as they are old. And the compost is always new. Thanks again.  Maggie

Can I reuse, or should I discard?

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 14:08

I always keep the stakes to reuse next year. But is this a good idea?  Every year my tomatoes get Blight. And what about the containers I grow the tomatoes in? I always  wash these out before storing. Thanks for advice. Maggie

Gardeners' Question Time

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 10:29

I listen to Radio 4 Gardners Question time most weeks.  Some local BBC radio stations also have good gardening programmes - I listen to BBC R.Leicester Down to Earth which is on most Sundays at 12.00. I like that because it is more general to the area to my home. I've picked up very helpful tips from both programmes.  Maggie

Discussions started by staffsmags

black opal tomato plant

leaves discoloured - why? 
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What is this pest?

'Marshmallow' type stuff 
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Should they be pinched? 
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Am I to late? 
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Camelia query

Should I cut off lowest branches? 
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Leylandii was here  
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Bluetit & Parsley

Bluetit takes Parsley Sprig 
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Last Post: 27/04/2014 at 14:44

Big Begonias

To pinch out or not to pinch out? 
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crown imperal lillies

no flowers this year 
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Last Post: 30/03/2014 at 21:11

Begonia Tubers

Positioning? 
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Last Post: 11/03/2014 at 18:49

Growmore

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

miserable strawberry leaves

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

first earlies

Which varieties do you like best? 
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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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