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Few newbie questios (mainly tomatoes)

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 08:11 means the release of liquid or smell. 

Few newbie questios (mainly tomatoes)

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 08:09

I've had great success with growing toms in grow bags in the past. Very efficient, and easy to clear away once done. An old gardening pal also swore by them because they retain moisture and as toms are better under watered it meant that it didn't matter if they didn't get watered for a couple of weeks. Also my other halfs uncle enters shows with his and he swears by using the bags.  He says he gets better results by keeping the roots shallow.

Ive just looked in my Companion Garden book by good old Bob Flowerdew. He says marigolds help keep whitefly out of greenhouses but won't drive them out if they are already in. It says to plant marigolds 'near' tomatoes. Says the scent hides the smell of the plant. 

Also says there is research that marigolds kill nematodes And that "....exudations may help tomatoes" - no idea what exudations means!! Where's my dictionary.......



Planting more seeds

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 07:50

I sowed zinnia in a heated prop six weeks ago. Here they are looking a tad leggy but not too bad.

Its hard to put the brakes on with sowing isnt it?!


strawberries in raised beds

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 07:35

I grow mine in a raised trough.  Here they are this morning. Freshly watered. They have been in there for three years and they do well. I've managed to propogate lots of new plants from the original. It's just plain old garden centre compost with some manure sprinkled in during early winter so it breaks down. 

I put the white garden mesh over them once the fruit comes to stop the birds feasting on them. I usually air them in the evening though to let the odd bees out.


Blind daffs solution??

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 07:27


went to a quiz at our local garden centre last night. One of the questions was 'what do you apply to daffs in autumn to prevent them coming blind in spring?' 

The answer was tomrite. Has anyone heard this or tried it?

a lot of my daffs in pots have come blind this year. Once they are blind, is that it or might they flower the following year? Also wonder if this works on tulips too?

View from my computer

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:35

What a great photo. Envious of your view! 

Dedicated to dogs

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:33

What a lovely thread and what fantastic doggies. Big like!


Posted: 27/03/2015 at 20:26

I love it Robyn. Like others say, hardy and really easy to propogate. The flowers last ages too. I adore watching the cats have a good time on ours.  Mine was a tiny plant when I got it. Plonked it into a border at the front and it grows to quite a size in summer. I cut it right back when it's done its thing.  Bees also love it.

Trees in Pots

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 20:21

If you want interesting colour you could go for a silver birth.  Very elegant and not dense so a nice light airy feel. 

If you want a show, you could go for a flowering cherry like a Kanzan. Simply stunning blooms in late spring / early summer and amazing orange and gold leaves in autumn.


Please help with snapdragons

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 07:06

I agree with Bobs good advice. 

ask your local garden centre if they have any unwanted plastic pots. One of our local garden centres actually have a big box of them for customers to help themselves. 

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