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Latest posts by Tomsk

Green powder on supermarket tomatoes

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 19:52

When I buy normal, loose vine tomatoes in Lidl, they're covered in a fine green powder that comes off on your fingers if you pick enough of them up.

I assume this is a chemical that makes green tomatoes turn red in time for their appearance on the shelves, but what is it, and is it safe?

I usually wash all fruit & veg before I eat them, but I'm just curious about this powder.

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 21:43

Is normal A4 copier paper OK to put in a compost bin? I have the best part of a ream of old A4 that's been left exposed for years to cigarette smoke and kitchen steam. The edges are a bit dented, it's no longer pure white and it smells!

I was going to put most of it in the recycle bin, but is this kind of paper good for compost 'browns' or are there unwanted chemicals in it? My compost is rather green-heavy at the moment so I need something to make it lighter and fluffier.

Dahlia bulbs and tubers

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 13:06

That's a fantastic idea to bury pots and create hot-swappable flower beds!

I'm definitely doing that for next year.

Dahlia bulbs and tubers

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:33

Yes, there are bulbs shown in the photo of the bag, that's what confused me. I'm no expert, so I thought perhaps some varieties come from bulbs or that a tuber starts life as a bulb.

Is it a good idea to plant a dahlia tuber in the middle of a patch of daffodils or crocuses? I thought that this could mean I get daff flowers in the spring, immediately followed by dahlia flowers in the summer in the same spot.

Also, when should I sprinkle the soil with epsom salts to get better flowers? Do you do this just before plants start flowering or when the shoots appear?

By the way, when I last bought dahlia tubers from Lidl, one of them was snapped in various places, so this time I'll check more carefully. Ironically, the snapped-up one grew very well whilst the perfect one failed to grow and completely disappeared when I next dug the soil in that spot.

Dahlia bulbs and tubers

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:04

I see Lidl are advertising dahlia bulbs on Thursday, and the photo shows bulbs rather than tubers.

Whenever I've seen (or planted) dahlias before, they've been tubers, so is there any real difference between the two? Do bulbs produce a smaller dahlia bush with fewer flowers or something. Or is a tuber just what a bulb grows into after a couple of years?

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 16:31

Does anyone know if bags of compost go 'stale'?

I have opened bags of compost, farmyard manure, peat and a box of bonemeal that have all been hanging around the garden for a few years.

They've been kept dry, but have been baked in the summers and frozen in the winters, so is it all still good to use? There's not much of a smell to any of it, even the bag of manure.

How long do bulbs take to sprout?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 20:05

I just planted some lily (6" deep) and gladioli bulbs (4" deep) and am wondering if there's a general length of time these are likely to reach the surface?

I've placed a box on top of the soil to protect it from cats, but will have to remove it when the bulbs hit the surface so light can get to them. Hopefully by then, the soil will be settled enough for the cats to leave alone. They love freshly fluffed-up soil.

I'll remove the box during the day when it rains so the soil doesn't dry out.

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:34

I can't remember the brand of FB&B I bought the last couple of times, but it was like saw dust.

I've just tried Aldi's and it contains a lot of crystals and other particles I didn't see in the last stuff I tried, so is this still proper FB&B or have they cut it down with artificial fertiliser?

Does this also mean it's likely to burn plants if it's in direct contact with them, like Growmore does?

Planting a rose bush

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 20:23

Can anyone tell me what the symbol on the left of this photo means:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38238.jpg?width=427&height=350&mode=max

 Is that supposed to be a plant pot? The wavy line confuses me.

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 19:42

Aldi are doing 3kg boxes for £3 on Thursday, along with 7kg tubs of chicken manure pellets for £6.

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