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Posted: 16/07/2013 at 19:45

Hiya Darren.   I would pot them on Imto bigger pots.  Pinch them back, quite hard.  Keep  them outside Out of the direct sun.  In winter keep them, on dry side, in your coldframe or greenhouse or in sheltered position outside if it's not too cold,where you are. , next spring plant them out.

Caterpillar attack

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 19:39

It's the year of the caterpillar i think.

Everyones tips for diseases/aphids/mildew/diseases etc..

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 12:26

It's a good thread....I'm hoping to.pick up some tips too.

Everyones tips for diseases/aphids/mildew/diseases etc..

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 11:00

Gardening fantic

Im a skimmed milk sprayer too.  For tomatoes anyway.  You are right of course.....nature is constantly throwing up surprises.  I think if we can grow plants as naturally as possible trying not to force them with over rich applications of fertiliser they will cope better with diseases and pests.  And to learn what plants your garden is compatible with is good policy too

Red currants

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 10:52

I think it may be too dry at crucial times.  And do you feed it?  Everything grown in pots needs to be well fed regularly.  I would give fish blood and bone in the spring. Then mulch with compost or manure.  Then tomato feed, or seaweed feed, at least once a fortnight.  Finally another fish blood n bond in autumn

What books do you recommend?

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 10:48

They're good reference books but I enjoy all of Christopher lloyds books.  They make a good "read" ...he has a style of his own that makes for compulsive reading.  Not too keen on books by the tv presenters etc though

Pinching out

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 10:44

Hiya nodlisab

Ha ha.  I guess it's the's distracted us a bit from the forum.  No. Nothing you said..  I'm "ignored" sometimes too but it may be because of my jokes!

Yes, I pinch out wallflowers, sweet Williams etc.  tried experiment once with them...pinched some and left others unpinched.  Those pinched were much bushier and more floriferous.    I pinch out at least twice.

Enjoy this brilliant weather nodlisab



Posted: 16/07/2013 at 10:39

Nice lilies Dove.  I want those.  

Tina is your dental appointment for 2 30?  ........oops!  I'll get my coat

Its roasting again.....where I am the odd area of rolling mist drifts across but it's very pleasant.  

Got foodbank soon.....very hot there last time.  Be the same today.  Rather be outside

Kapn61  I planted an orchard for a friend, maybe 10 years ago.  Planned complementary apples, pears, plums, cherries, figs, peaches and nectarines.  Great fun from the start.  The former overgrown field was a mass of bloom in the spring and now loads of fruit.  Crab apples too and the odd camelia and other ornamentals on the fringes.  Good luck with that.

Keep cool folks


Drought conditions

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 10:30

Morning Jan

The very best way to have a thriving garden in the hot weather is to,concentrate on growing plants that thrive in it.   Grow according to your comditions if you can

Mulching does,help lazy said its bit late now but in the autumn,or early spring apply compost, mushroom compost, bark chips, leaf mould, farmyard manure....anything organic, and applied thickly.  And, when planting anything ensure some "good stuff" goes into and around the planting hole

Blueberry problems

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 00:08

I pick on colour.  Blue and they're ready.  Pick those that are blue

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