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Latest posts by Tomsk

Using compost early

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 20:39

Would it be OK to use home-made compost created from old vegetable matter and garden cuttings/pruning that's only 90% rotted?

I need to fill a planter, and would like to mix the contents of my compost bin into three times as much compost bought from a garden centre. Ideally, I'd leave it to rot another month or two, but I need to fill the planter now.

It's pretty much mud/soil now, so almost ready to use, but when you turn it over with a fork you see the occasional half-rotted piece of vegetable or cuttings from trees and bushes. Nothing has been added to the bin for four months, and I started filling it 18 months ago.

If I can use it in a 2-feet deep planter, should I mix it evenly with the bags I buy, or use it as a layer at the top of bottom? The bags will be much lighter and fluffier than my own muddy compost.

Tomato

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 20:11

I'm not sure how tomatoes actually pollinate. Is there some kind of powder that grows on the leaves that, when you shake the vine, falls onto the flowers?

What I'm wondering is, what happens if you have small tomato plants of different varieties in pots next to each other, and they start flowering? Does this lead to cross-bred tomatoes or will I still end up with normal Marmande and Money Maker fruits?

Also, can you tell by looking at the leaves, flowers of stems before the fruits grow which variety you have? Sadly, I forgot to mark the pots and now they're mixed up (Marmande and Money Maker).

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 20:01

I've never bought tomato feed before this Aldi stuff, but I thought 15ml per gallon sounded very good value?

I bought vegetable feed from Lidl before, and that was 1 large cap-full per 3L, which isn't as strong. I must compare Aldi's vegetable feed next time I'm there. I'll probably get another bottle of tomato feed because I'll use it on dahlias, gladioli and lilies as well as my tomatoes.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 21:11

I bought a bottle of Aldi tomato feed. Here's the technical stuff on the back, if anyone's interested or wants to compare it to a leading brand:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49952.jpg?width=591&height=350&mode=max

 

Removing leaves from unknown bulbs

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 15:46

I have a plant growing in my garden whose name I've forgotten, but below is a photo of one of its leaves. I planted them as tiny bulbs in spring, and its flowers have just started blooming. Unfortunately, they're all appearing lower than the large leaves, so you can't really see them.

Would it be a good idea to start cutting off these large leaves to expose the flowers?

Being bulbs, I assume they'll need the leaves to build up energy after flowering for next spring, but at the moment I can't really see any flowers.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49916.jpg?width=640&height=350&mode=max

 

Should this type of rose be deadheaded?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 16:15

I planted rose bush in March which was cut down to the ground, so above ground it's growing from scratch. It's still very small and has so far produced two flowers, one of which is now shrivelled up, and the other is still good but starting to fade.

Should I deadhead at this stage?

And should I wait until winter before pruning it, or can I do this as it grows to help shape the bush?

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 14:03

Thanks for the replies, I sliced off the dead bits and the rest seems to be fine since then.

My first couple of yellow flowers have opened up, so hopefully tomatoes are on the way. Loads of other tiny buds have formed but none look anywhere near ready to flower.

If anyone's interested in cheap liquid tomato food, Aldi are doing 1L bottles of it (or vegetable feed) tomorrow for £1.89, along with a few other gardening things.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 22:58

The whole leaf or just cut out the decayed tip? And if the whole thing, should I pinch it out like an unwanted side shoot, or slice it with a razor to get a clean cut?

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 19:43

Despite my tomato plants bouncing back after drying out and drooping a couple of weeks ago, I notice that one leaf on a plant partially died, and is gradually turning grey. Should I leave it alone, cut off that whole leaf, cut off the whole branch or something else? Here's a couple of photos:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49470.jpg?width=276&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49471.jpg?width=255&height=350&mode=max

 

Plant feed for flowing plants

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 20:21

Hi,

I did add the BF&B when I planted things in March, and sprinkled a bit more to top things up a couple of times since then. But I thought that nitrogen was good for growing leaves, and other feeds/fertilisers are better to sprinkle into the soil when they bloom so you get more colourful and plentiful flowers?

Discussions started by Tomsk

Spiders

Are they harmful to plants? 
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Last Post: 16/07/2014 at 22:49

Growing basil and other herbs

What time of year to plant, how long do they last? 
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Last Post: 15/07/2014 at 10:59

Lidl bulbs and plants

Nice plants, but often wrong colour/variety. 
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Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 11:41

Compost smells of Jeyes fluid or bitumen

Is this a problem for plants and fruit/veg? 
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Last Post: 04/07/2014 at 21:10

Using compost early

Is it OK to use home compost before it's completely rotted? 
Replies: 4    Views: 197
Last Post: 23/06/2014 at 22:43

Removing leaves from unknown bulbs

Can I remove large leaves that are hiding flowers 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 18:56

Plant feed for flowing plants

Can I use up the products I already have? 
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Last Post: 13/06/2014 at 14:39

Dead rose

Any chance of it rising again 
Replies: 4    Views: 190
Last Post: 11/06/2014 at 20:16

How many frogs?

Nothing to do with light bulbs 
Replies: 4    Views: 157
Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 08:49

Snapped lily - Will it grow?

Top of a growing lily snapped off 
Replies: 3    Views: 135
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 22:20

Help identify a yellow flower please

Possibly a pansy or similar 
Replies: 5    Views: 216
Last Post: 17/05/2014 at 15:55

Wilting Dahlia

Planted two tubers, one is going soft 
Replies: 14    Views: 606
Last Post: 22/07/2014 at 19:02

Larvae on tomato shoots

What to do with white larvae around the base of a small shoot 
Replies: 2    Views: 151
Last Post: 30/04/2014 at 20:37

Identify a yellow flower from a bulb

3-4 yellow & red flowers on each stem 
Replies: 11    Views: 335
Last Post: 20/04/2014 at 23:04

Flower colour fading

Red tulips fading in warm weather 
Replies: 3    Views: 165
Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 20:00
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