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Posted: 05/09/2016 at 23:23

I think temperature is the real problem here.  Delphiniums prefer cool conditions at their roots but I would not agree with digging up hose delphinimiums ....with respect Pansy 

i would mulch in spring and water well during hot dry spells.  

PAT, I think you are growing delphiniums in poor, dry impoverished soil.....?  Mulching, feeding and watering next season should avoid mildew.  Fungicide only helps short term but does not address the cause of mildew

Shall I carry on with these seedlings?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 23:12

Wakeshine,  I think you misheard slightly about those delphiniums.  I grow Pacific Giants and they are beautiful plants.  

Don't regret sowing those seeds.  See it through.  You may well have something very good but at least you will learn  during the Process

I grow maybe a dozen plants and they are named varieties.  it means I chose the colours I wanted.  I will add a variety shown on GW last week.  What I am trying to say is buy a variety in flower or named..  You don't want lots of  plants grown from seed.  Get one plant and take cuttings if you want more.  One beautiful, tall delphinium will catch the eye far more than lots of inferior ones

there is no substitute though for a combination of a few pellets and a few night visits with a torch. 

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Turfed Lawn

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 21:17

Grandad Al.  This makes me very angry indeed.  

Locally, I have dealt with a couple of such when I got the job redone (properly) and another, more difficult, but got full refund for an old lady I used to call on.  Scammers and low lives but bullies who become cowards when confronted.

Ladybird's advice is good and I suggest you do exactly that 

let us know how you get on 

wish you well 

my tiny jungle garden

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 19:17

Excellent derek 

Shall I carry on with these seedlings?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 19:03

Wakeshine, pot them up for sure asap.

put them in 1litre pots. No, not "really big" pots.  Keep them outside with a couple of pellets per pot.   check daily under the pots for little slugs. although they are hardy I would move them into a GH or put a cloche over them in November.

in spring pot on again into 2 litre then 3 litre pots......they will fill pots quickly and then you can plant them out

If you put them in the ground now you are sure to lose them within a week.....this is the season for hungry slugs.  

Delphiniums really are such worthwhile plants.....I have had 2 superb flowerings of them this year with a third making an appearance on some already.

Good luck Wakeshine 

Cesspit runoff field and vegtable growing

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 16:17

is this your own cesspit Richard?  Or is this from a number of properties?  In winter during heavy rain how much effluent affects your garden?

I would not do it though, raised bed or not 

Sarah Raven seeds -v- Thomson Morgan

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 16:07

T & M are, for seeds, as good as anyone else.  Go on price Charley 

I decide which company can provide the varieties of veg and annual seed I want and if the price is right  go with them 

Paint colour for this wall?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 16:01

agree and disagree with Fairy Gal2 

Colour?  Has to be a pale blue

I would also screen that tank.  Paint it pale blue too.  

What shall i do with this tomato plant?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 15:53

will eat my hat if it fruits    ....

I started yesterday pulling up tomato plants....they have produced all summer but it is now almost mid September!   I have a week or two left at most now on the remaining plants 

Rhiannon, to be constructive, next year get plants as EARLY as possible.  The sooner you get them growing the sooner...and will get tomatoes.  

Most of us here have learned the hard way how to grow tomatoes so perhaps the moral is "don't buy tomato plants after mid summer no matter how cheap they are" 

What shall i do with this tomato plant?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 14:48

No, rhiannon, you will not get tomatoes.  Far too late in the season for any to form

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