Zoomer44


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Tomato plants/unheated greenhouse

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 23:14

We could be neighbours, nadiamaz, mine are about the same size as yours. I planted some out in the GH bed at the weekend and tonight left the rest in the GH instead of bringing them back indoors, not sure it's worth chancing it yet if I lived in Scotland.

I started off just leaving a couple of plants in the GH overnight a few weeks ago,they didn't die but haven't grown much since. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 22:48

Nights here are certainly getting warmer. It's been mild here today with little rain.

Know what you mean about the weather this time last year Rain, I didn't keep a diary but could have sworn it was warmer and most things were planted out by now.

Is it my imagination or have all my postings been removed from the weather thread! 

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 22:32

Some help needed to identify a plant. It has leaves similar in shape to a caster oil plant but the leaves have the same texture as a cheese plant. I've grown it outdoors for years, it's evergreen, and in a sheltered spot stands up to snow and frost, it like's sun and drinks alot of water as it's  grown in a pot. I've seen it in a neighbours garden and it will grow to 6 or 7 ft. I've kept it at about 2ft and grown it in a bush shape, it's branches, if you can call them that are formed after breaking off the leaves like a yucca  but I don't have a picture. Any idea's as to what it is...   

black bugs

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 21:58

I haven't killed a plant yet by using olive oil but Alwina's right using to much in the mix could block the pores alternatively using too much detergent in the mix would also kill the plant due to the chemicals I would think.   

I try to be organic, it's cheaper and more enviromentally friendly but if this fails then I'm not against reaching for the insecticide. 

stoney soil

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 21:35

You might consider, depending on the size of the area, if not too large, to double dig it and seive the soil as you go. Put a good load of horse muck in each trench as you fill in the trenches and you 'll find apart from it being hard work, the muck will improve your soil, feed the worms which will multiple and in turn push up the gravel in the soil to the surface over the summer. It's then just a case of raking over the surface to collect the gravel in the autumn and again in the spring. Grow what you can this year and by next you could try pretty much anything.

Snails

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 21:19

I use egg shells in the beds and pots in the GH, the slugs also need to cross flag stones and a gravel path before climbing up pots to get at plants in there.Slate or gravel dress pots in the garden. 

I have a couple of bird stations too and attract alot of birds, some are ground feeders which go straight to the lawn and flower beds devouring any pests or bugs in sight.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 20:56

We had rain again but the sky is clear blue now. With the night chill closing in I've just got in from the garden after covering stuff over. I've some mouli doing really well along with peas, swede and beetroot. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 22:32

The wind has died down, I fully expected to have panels missing this morning. The toms survived their first night in the GH but there's a definate chill in the air this evening so watch this space, who said gardening wasn't stressful.

black bugs

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 22:55

I think the use of washing up liquid added to water in a spray to kill aphids is an urban legend. It may well kill the aphids but you also risk losing your plant if too much is added to the water sprayed on the plant.

If it is blackfly and a large infestation then cut off the most affected shoots, the bugs will have sucked the sap from the leaves and even if you use a spray which kills the bugs the leaves left will be distorted, you'll also have less bugs to kill.

Aphids - black/greenfly breath through their skin. I use a mix of olive oil, crushed garlic and warm water to spray them with, the oil blocks up their lungs, not sure what the garlic does, it's possible they don't like the smell, the warm water dilutes the oil.

Is the plant a tree or shrub? Do you also have ants and are the bugs just on the one plant?

Bargains due to bad weather

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 21:10

Hi,

I popped into a local DIY store beginning in B and ending in Q today and large trays of bedding plants usually £5 were half price because one or two plants were dead, very good value.

Must say through, veg seedling prices are very high particularly at GC's. Cue and squash plants are £3.20 at a a GC near me

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