London (change)
Today 26°C / 17°C
Tomorrow 28°C / 18°C

Tomsk


Latest posts by Tomsk

What's the best thing to do with daffodils when the flower has died

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:46

Making sure you don't touch the leaves, does it matter how far down the stem you cut?

Would it harm next year's crop if you cut the flowers close to the base before dying and put them in an indoor vase?

tomatoes

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:10

I planted tomato seeds in a plastic container the best part of a month ago, and nothing has sprouted yet. Have they failed, or should I wait longer?

I used an old plastic tray with 8 small compartments about 2" deep and 2" by 1½".

I filled them with multi-purpose compost, sprinkled a bit of blood fish & bone into it and then prodded two seeds into each compartment about half an inch down.

The weather was below 10 degrees C when I did this, but things quickly warmed up and I've been leaving the container out in the sun during the day and taking it in at night.

Conjoined Daffodils

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 18:09

I had a closer look and took a quick photo. There's definitely four heads, though one of them is smaller than the others. In fact, two seem to be bigger and two seem to be smaller, generally.

If it's special, I'll take some more tomorrow:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/41012.jpg?width=350

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/41013.jpg?width=350

 

Conjoined Daffodils

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 17:38

I planted some daffodil bulbs last year, and one of them sprouted wit a strange globe instead of the usual head that appears in normal bulbs. It was like a damaged brussel sprout.

At first I thought it was a different kind of flower that had somehow got into the bag of daff bulbs I bought, but it's now starting to flower (or is trying, anyway), and it appears to be three or four fused daffodil heads on one stalk.

Is this particularly unusual, and should I be proud of it?

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.

Discussions started by Tomsk

Spiders

Are they harmful to plants? 
Replies: 7    Views: 137
Last Post: 16/07/2014 at 22:49

Growing basil and other herbs

What time of year to plant, how long do they last? 
Replies: 9    Views: 199
Last Post: 15/07/2014 at 10:59

Lidl bulbs and plants

Nice plants, but often wrong colour/variety. 
Replies: 17    Views: 343
Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 11:41

Compost smells of Jeyes fluid or bitumen

Is this a problem for plants and fruit/veg? 
Replies: 6    Views: 192
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: 194
Last Post: 23/06/2014 at 22:43

Removing leaves from unknown bulbs

Can I remove large leaves that are hiding flowers 
Replies: 4    Views: 230
Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 18:56

Plant feed for flowing plants

Can I use up the products I already have? 
Replies: 10    Views: 1125
Last Post: 13/06/2014 at 14:39

Dead rose

Any chance of it rising again 
Replies: 4    Views: 189
Last Post: 11/06/2014 at 20:16

How many frogs?

Nothing to do with light bulbs 
Replies: 4    Views: 156
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: 215
Last Post: 17/05/2014 at 15:55

Wilting Dahlia

Planted two tubers, one is going soft 
Replies: 14    Views: 586
Last Post: Today at 19:02

Larvae on tomato shoots

What to do with white larvae around the base of a small shoot 
Replies: 2    Views: 150
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: 164
Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 20:00
1 to 15 of 36 threads