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Woodgreen wonderboy

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Posted: 24/07/2014 at 08:32

I have pondered this question also and last year, mainly down to motivational issues on my own part, I more or less stopped deadheading dahlias, cosmos, coreopsis, gaillardias, scabious and the like. They do carry on throwing up flowers, but I think they do appear to run out of steam earlier. More important they started to look very untidy and the flowers , fewer in number, got lost among a crowd of untidy dead flowers. Some seed heads are attractive, many are not. The effect was pretty poor, so I am being more diligent this year and, more important, enjoying it.

Can't comment specifically on candytuft, but next year you could do half and half to see what happens. My guess is that it probably doesn't make a deal of difference.

Not sure if this actually answers your question, but if in doubt cut it out, or off 


Posted: 24/07/2014 at 08:22

Good morning all, another lovely day in Happy Valley.  

Small toms in GH story, precipitated by above comments. I used to grow toms outside but blight was always an issue. When I got my new GH I put them inside. I then had a massive invasion of flies, it was truly unpleasant. So this year for the first time I am growing no toms at all. ( very few flies in GH)

However the tomato fairy has sown some for me in the raised bed. Is she trying to tell me something? Have no idea of the variety, but we will see, hopefully. I am not pinching them out in case they are bush variety.

Seeding advice for a new gardener

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 08:10

Home made pots are good but always need drainage holes. As you have had them in the pots for such a short time you will probably be OK. It seems you haven't added more water since sowing. I still think that outside is best. even though it might not be ideal in your eyes it is almost certainly going to be better than your attic.

Have they poked their noses above ground yet? If not don't worry because a week or two is still a very short time for some seeds. However, why not start some more in new pots outside. Could you invest in your first seed trays or ask a kind gardening neighbour to let you have some largish used plant pots, say 6 to 8 inches across ( size doesn't really matter anyway). Gardeners always have loads of old pots, and are always lovely people and happy to give pots away to help a new gardener. You will make new friends too, and he or she will be a source of good local advice on what works for them in your conditions. Some garden centres also have old pots they leave out for you to take.

I agree heavy rain may not help but heat is good as is humidity to get things going. And remember we all had to start somewhere, and we old gardeners still have our setbacks, and every season is different. That's the joy of gardening! Keep posting, here to help.


Posted: 23/07/2014 at 23:57

Shame not to use the space you have created. toms and salads would be good.


Posted: 23/07/2014 at 22:47

VG, Gg, what are you growing in your GH?


Posted: 23/07/2014 at 22:16

In bed already... did mankind ever think up anything more boring than watching endless athletes walking into a stadium taking photos of those photographing them?


Knowing when to stop

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 22:13

I might try this method later. i don't want a sea of sticks in my dahlia bed. I don't even use canes to support the plants.


Is everyone watering? ( just to change the subject) 

Monty Don.

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 21:51

Does anyone know what the current viewing figures are and what the trends have been? These might inform our discussion.

Knowing when to stop

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 21:48

Thanks Verd. I think I will pull it for now so as not to risk Glysophate on my dahlias. I will try weedkiller later when the regrowth is taking stuff down to the roots.

Knowing when to stop

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 21:38

If you cut your own firewood it warms you twice.

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