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Latest posts by Tomsk

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:


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.


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:


Plant feed for flowing plants

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 20:21


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?

How many frogs?

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 20:18

Am I likely to get more frogs, or is this a one-off residence from a frog who's somehow managed to find my garden?

If they help with snails and slugs, I wouldn't mind more of them.

Dead rose

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 20:16

Thanks for the replies. I was hoping there was still a spark in the root, but there you go.

I bought it from Lidl, and probably won't take it back because of the hassle of explaining to them the problem. And they have no replacements now.

I bought two for £5. The other one is alive and has produced two roses this year so far, after planting in March. The annoying thing about that one is that it's not the colour or variety that was shown on the packet. I usually like Lidl for their gardening stuff, but haven't been lucky with these roses.

Out of interest, will the rose feed and blood fish & bone I mixed into the soil when I planted the dead rose in a pot still be active if no plant has been consuming it, or will it have all broken down by now?

Plant feed for flowing plants

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 23:36

With some of my plants heading toward flowering (dahlias have small buds forming, poppies are appearing fast, lilies forming heads and gladioli a bit behind but getting there) I'm wondering when I should be adding to the soil to help get good flowers.

I have blood fish & bone, which I mixed into the soil when I planted them all, and have sprinkled over the top a couple of times since but not recently. I have Miracle-Gro general purpose crystals that you add to water and claim to have 10 added ingredients. I have rose plant pellets with added horse manure. And I have a bottle of organic vegetable plant food.

I'm wondering if any of those will be good to use when flowers appear, as I'd like to use up whet I already have, or is some other kind of feed/fertiliser needed?

Discussions started by Tomsk

Daff & tulip shoots already?

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Unsupported plant collapsed, leaving split vine branch 
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Are they harmful to plants? 
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Lidl bulbs and plants

Nice plants, but often wrong colour/variety. 
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Compost smells of Jeyes fluid or bitumen

Is this a problem for plants and fruit/veg? 
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Using compost early

Is it OK to use home compost before it's completely rotted? 
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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: 26/07/2014 at 10:29

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: 289
Last Post: 11/06/2014 at 20:16

How many frogs?

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