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Help what's happened to my Tomatoes?

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 21:00

A quick update.....I've been on holiday and returned to good healthy looking tomatoe plants  My son did a super job looking after them. I wish the weather would improve though, I'd really like to claim my bathroom back!!!!!!

Pruning pyracantha

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 19:08

We have a pyracantha hedge<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;"> along our back fence and for the past two years we have toyed with digging it out because it was so sparce in the middle and really not very attractive to look at. Earlier this year I decided to give it one last chance after reading similar advice given to another poster by Alina. I have to say it's looking so much better already and is thickening up nicely in the middle. All I have been doing is cutting the slightest bit of growth and as a result lots of new growth is appearing in the middle (which I'm leaving alone) I noticed today that the flowers are developing so I'll leave it be now because I do like so see the berries in the Autumn. I'm so glad we didn't dig them out!

Purple loosestrife

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 11:26

Been doing a bit of research as I have this plant in a pot from last year. I was planning to put it in the ground but I'm a little reluctant after reading that it is very invasive and an absolute nightmare to get rid of once it has established its self.

Is it really as much of a thug as I'm begining to think it is?

Provado vine weevil killer & fish!!!!!!

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 19:18

Thank you  again ColinTheComet 

Fortunately here in the NW we're not affected by the hosepipe ban we just thought it was best to use the water from the water butt rather than the tap. We'll do as you suggest at the weekend despite being on a water meter!!!! The airator is on and we'll get the tapsafe you mention too. 

I realise it's a case of wait and see but my nerves are shot each morning when I open the kitchen blinds. My OH did tell me today to stop worriying about it, he's sure the fish will be fine. I wish I had his enthusiasm! Well one thing is for sure I've learned a lesson and I'll be more careful next time or better still leave the vine weevil to reap havock 

Anyway thank you again for you hepl and advice it's greatly appreciated

Cheers Anna

Provado vine weevil killer & fish!!!!!!

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 19:15

Thank you ColinThe Comet

We have done a partial water change. I never thought I'd hear myself say this but I hope this rain continues so it will fill the water butts to enable us to do another one at the wekend. 

In the worst case senario does anyone have any idea how long it will take the insectiside to have an effect on the fish? I'm not sure how long I can cope with the anxiety I feel looking out of the window each morning 

Provado vine weevil killer & fish!!!!!!

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 18:53

Thank you both for your advice.

As soon as we saw the mixture had gone into the pond, which in all honesty didn't look that much, we poured clean water onto it and swished it around to disperse it because we thought the same as you Alina that it would possibly lessen the effect of any adverse effects if spread over the whole pond. I think my other half was trying to make me feel better by saying not much had gone in in relation to the size of the pond. I'm still pretty angry with my self for doing such a stupid, stupid thing but one thing is for sure....I'll be keeping a close eye on the pond and if I see any fish floating on the top I'm leaving home  in the meantime I'm going on a googling quest! 

Provado vine weevil killer & fish!!!!!!

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 17:30

I've been treating my pots with vine weevil killer and I stupidly drenched one pot which was stood on the paving by the pond and inevitabley the mixture came through the drainage holes and into the pond. As soon as I realised what I'd done I moved the pot pushed as much of the mixture as I could away from the pond but some did go in there. I still can't believe I was so stupid!!!!!!

Is there anything we can do? Will the outcome be as bleak as I imagine? The pond and fish are my husbands pride and joy and I'm afraid my gardening days could well be over before they've properly started if anything happens to his beloved fish.

Any advice would be gratefully received


Help what's happened to my Tomatoes?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 16:38
Italophile wrote (see)

Another thought. Unless, of course, it actually gets cold in the conservatory during the day. If there's sunlight available in the bathroom it might be better.

Ok they're all potted on & they look pretty healthy actually. I've considared all your advice and I think they'll probably be better in the bathroom as the warmth is fairly constant & there's lots of light (it gets the sun all day) & i'm thinking if my son doesn't go into the conservarory every day, which is a possibility,  the poor seedlings could very well frazzle. So thank you for your help and I'll let you know if they survived when I return.

Cheers Anna

Help what's happened to my Tomatoes?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 10:00

Thank you Italophile I'll do that today. 

So once I've potted them on I understand about the need for as much light as possible so where should I keep them....

In the conservatory where they have lots of light but the heat can fluctuate greatly and very quickly depending on the weather (it gets like a hot house when its sunny) 

Or I'm thinking probably the bathroom is the best place. It's very light but not too hot and the heat stays at a more constant temp. 

Help what's happened to my Tomatoes?

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 07:53

After originally thinking I'd killed my tomatoe plants I replaced the lid and left them alone for a few days. I've just checked them and it seems quite a few of them have survived although the leaves are quite small and they don't look quite as strong as they did. So....

I go away on holiday this week for 2 weeks and I have to leave them at the mercy of my son to look after. Should I pot them on before I go or leave them covered in the seed tray? 

Am I just clutching at straws here or is it worth giving them more time? 

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