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Latest posts by Verdun

Tomato seedlings wilting

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 17:12

Could be frost Jason.....esp if you left door open.   Could also be strong sun.  Young tomato plants are sensitive things.  Or have they dried out?

you could drape fleece over them or,suspend it above them at night time and during hot times until more mature.

i once lost a whole batch of tomato plants my naivety I used too much dried cow manure and the fumes during a hot day destroyed them.  Gardening is a learning curve.

Can anyone add to this list?

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 17:05

To use a trowel for planting instead of my hands.  Impatient me ends up with sore fingers 

to sow later in the veg patch.......later sowings do catch up

to thoroughly check out new plants for their invasiveness. to check their pots for nasties...pests and weeds. To politely refuse offers of plants I don't really want. 


Fruit trees - plum and apple

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 17:00

Don't like ant powder around edible crops Topbird.  

Re apples, I planted an orchard  few years ago and included 2 crab apples.  Crabs are great for pollination.

Fruit trees - plum and apple

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 16:20

What variety of plum Panda? Is it self fertile? Even so another pollinator will help.

to help stop ants keep soil moist.  wise anyway.  But nematodes for ants will help too.

Peach Tree advice

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 13:43

Just try to pull off those stems from below the graft.  If you cannot pull then cut them.  Keep main trunk free from further such shoots by pulling


Posted: 20/04/2015 at 13:38

Blooming hot.  

i enjoy a visit to nurseries so I took a friend to a new on me this morning. Nothing especially unusual but plants were cheap and I haggled a good deal for my friend.  She had a very large Nandina, a huge Teuchrium (despite my advice not to get it), a couple of phloxes, senettiis, and others.  I got a trio of agyranthemums and a couple of verbena rigidas.   There are 2 nurseries we could have visited too but the whole day would have gone.  And my friend is loud and non stop talking.  Enjoyable though.

trouble is I will have to plant her purchases........

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 08:01

Don't really have an issue with lupin aphid recently.  now have I tempted fate?  My feeling is to grow lots of different plants to try and avoid dedicated pests.  I have about a dozen or so lupins well spaced.  

Talkback: Geranium 'Bill Wallis'

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 07:55

Thanks Ian for the information .  Enjoyed it 


Posted: 20/04/2015 at 07:53

No Stephen.  Grow them fast and sow more seed.  I don't thin but I space seed 1" apart.  

Hosta s in pots

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 07:50

Got Obsidian Hostafan....nothing quite like it.  Could I suggest Tiarellas too with hostas?  Obsidian and a fluffy white Tiarella associate really well here.

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