Silver Surfer

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Butternut squash

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 16:31

Thank you for your reply.

The packet says "Johnson's (Winter) Hornet F.1.

I think I'm going to have to make room in the border then, as it does say plant 90cm apart.  

Butternut squash

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 14:04

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

The pots are 50cm across x 38cm deep, and I have two pots with 10 poles in each for the runner beans.  I have grown them before but only used one pot, and usually get enough to keep us in beans for a while.  

The pot I intend for the squash is the same size.  Should I put all six plants in the pot, do they need support and will poles be O.K. for them ?   I've never grown squash before as you have probably guessed.


Butternut squash

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 10:23

Hi all, 

I bought a packet of 10 squash seeds, found 12 in the packed and 6 have sprouted.  I kept them indoors as I haven't got a greenhouse, but I'm going on holiday for 2 weeks next Monday and was wondering what I should do with them.  

I planted out my runner beans in their pots yesterday, as they have all come through - will they be O.K. as the weather is forecast to get colder later this week - I'm in Kent.

I have got one of those plastic Grow houses - if I put the squash plants in there will they be O.K. ?

My neighbour will water the garden and the plants in pots.

Also I was intending to plant the squashes in a large pot, the same size as those with the runner beans in.  Will that be big enough and do I need poles to support them when they grow up ?  I don't have an allotment nor much room in the flower borders, although I do have a long trough I could put them in.


Posted: 15/01/2017 at 17:57

Hello Again,

I returned from holiday a week ago, having left the pot on the kitchen windowsill for the flowers to continue dying off.  I removed the dead stem with the flower buds. The leaves have grown taller, and there is another flower bud through at the base, although not yet on a long stem.  Is this usual ???

Silver Surfer 


Posted: 20/12/2016 at 12:52

Thank You Vishu for that advice, and for your quick response.  

Silver Surfer


Posted: 20/12/2016 at 12:01

Good Morning All,

My double Amaryllis has just finished flowering with three beautiful flowers, the last one now dying off. There are still some green leaves and the long stem, and I want to keep it to flower again next year.  

What should I do with it - should I cut it back now, then take it out of the pot, or leave it to die off completely then dry it off; what could somebody suggest please?  

Many Thanks.

Silver Surfer.

Passion Flowers Fruits

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 07:34

Good Morning,

Thank you for your replies nutcutlet, H-C & phillippa.  Mine must be the p caerulea as that's the name of the plant.  

As I don't have a G/H or Polytunnel I wont be growing the P edulis, but I will now buy them in the S.M. and admire mine while on the plant.  Thank you all.

Passion Flowers Fruits

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:57

Hello All,

I've had some lovely flowers on my Passion Flower this year, and for the first time I now have fruits, which are green.  Are these edible as they are or do they have to turn dark, as I've seen Passion Fruit in the Supermarket which are a deep plummy colour?  If so, will I leave them to ripen on he plant or take them off and put them ? where ? to ripen?  Thanks.



Posted: 23/04/2016 at 16:31
Many thanks for you reply Bob The Gardener.


Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:40

I bought a Magnolia Stellata last year and it bloomed lovely, then this year - nothing.  I had it planted in a large tub where it got sun most of the day but the tub was positioned in part of the front lawn, on gravel.  It was in Ericaceous compost, as advised by the man at he Garden Centre.  They have now replaced it when I complained to them, but where should I plant the new one;  in another tub with fresh compost, or in the border where it won't get as much sun and in ordinary soil?


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