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Latest posts by Tomsk

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?

Dead rose

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 23:26

I bought a rose a few months ago but after planting it, the stem has just turned brown and it looks dead. The main stem used to feel dense and solid, but now it feels hollow when you tap it and bends, feeling as though it will snap cleanly like a dry dead stick.

It was the kind of rose that's been cut almost down to the ground so when you plant it there's just a couple of inches of stem above the ground, then you have to wait for the rose bush to grow almost from scratch.

Nothing else has appeared on the surface since, so is this rose completely dead or is there any chance that something's still going on in the root and it may grow new stems next year?

How many frogs?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 23:20

I don't usually get frogs in my garden, but whenever I've gone out in the evening or night over the last few months, there's a frog. It's usually in one corner of the garden, though occasionally I see it in another spot. If I disturb things in the corner where I assume it lives, I can hear it jump around. I've never seen or heard more than one frog.

So, is this likely to be the same frog or am I only just spotting one at a time? I'm sure it's the same one because it's always the same size and usually lurking in the same corner of the garden, but I would have expected garden frogs to live in groups.


Snapped lily - Will it grow?

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 21:23

A cat jumped off a fence in my garden and snapped the top of a growing lily plant. Three small heads had formed at the top, though looked like they were far from blooming yet.

Two of them are snapped right off but the third seems OK. So will I only end up with one flower this year, or will new heads grow (like dahlias) over the rest of the summer/autumn.

Annoyingly, I already lost a lily when I discovered a caterpillar had completely eaten through the head of a stalk. What remains isn't really growing and there are no signs of the head growing back.

Bees and more bees!

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:25

I love seeing bees come to the garden. Last year I had a dahlia flower very well, and they were all over it every day. This year I have a few dahlias, partly because of the bees, though they're yet to flower.

Try raising the ISO of your camera to 200 or 400, or maybe even 800 on a bright sunny day like today. The difference in picture quality will be small but you'll end up with a faster shutter time, which will produce sharper images.

Taking photos like this is always difficult because the wind is blowing the flowers around while the bee is buzzing around, so nothing stays still. The shorter the exposure (a faster shutter time), the clearer the snapshot of the moment will be, and sometimes it's a better compromise to have a sharper image with more speckles caused by a high ISO, than a blurry image with no speckles at all.

Discussions started by Tomsk

Tomatoes - End of season

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Lidl bulbs and plants

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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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Removing leaves from unknown bulbs

Can I remove large leaves that are hiding flowers 
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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 
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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

Snapped lily - Will it grow?

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

Help identify a yellow flower please

Possibly a pansy or similar 
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Last Post: 17/05/2014 at 15:55
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