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tomatoes

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 17:55

Well here's a thing.

Last night, after reading the replies, I had one more very close look at my container and there was no sign of any shoots. So I got an old 2" deep plastic tray (old, cleaned meat packaging), filled it with compost and planted 15 new seeds, just below the surface and didn't water this time.

I was going to throw the compost in the old container into the compost bin, but it was late and dark, so left it for the morning. This afternoon I went out to do it, and there's a tiny tomato shoot! It's slightly open, a bit like Emu's mouth (as in Rod Hull) and one centimetre tall. That appeared from nowhere in a matter of hours.

So, if the rest shortly appear, it looks like I'm going to have a surplus of tomato plants.

tomatoes

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:20

I did keep them damp, perhaps too damp, but they've been reasonably dry for the last couple of weeks. There was drainage, and only once did any water leak out of them after I watered them.

Since it's been the best part of a month and nothing's burst to the surface, I'll start again, though I'm disappointed that I'm losing all this warm and sunny weather!

How long does it usually take for a shoot to appear after you plant seeds?

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.

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