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Lupins

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 23:47

I'm in the north east and my lupins which i grew from seed 2 years ago, are massive already. One thing i don't do is cut them back over winter. Some wise old bloke once told me not to cut the dead foliage off lupins as the hollow stems let the cold down into the roots of you do. So now i just leave them all winter then tidy them up in the spring if need be. Seems to work so far.

cucamelons

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 12:58

The comparison with melons ends at their look. They taste very much like tough skinned cucumbers. They are supposed to have a slightly limey taste, but everyone that tried them said they just tasted like cucumbers.

cucamelons

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 12:50

First i would say you need a few plants, they are very thin and spidery. I had 3 plants in one pot growing up a cane in the green house. I got about a dozen cucamelons per plant.

Have to say i don't think i'll bother this year, although the cucamelons where interesting, i think the greenhouse space they took up could have been better used for something else.

I'd view them as a novelty if you want them, but there's probably a reason why they are not a greenhouse staple in the UK.

 

Apple and plum trees for small garden

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 14:52

If you only have room for one tree you could try a family tree. I have a one from blackmoor with 3 different eating varieties grafted onto it. 

Been in the garden 2 years and already getting fruit from it

For plums i personally don't think you can beat Victoria but maybe that's just me. great off the branch, cooked or in jam

chilli peppers

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 14:46

I;m trying Lemon  and Basque Red chilli's from Real seeds this year.. really looking forward to seeing just how they taste

They were sown early feb in a heated propagater and now live on a sunny window sill, plants coming along nicely about 4" tall now

Whats this plant please?

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 14:14

why don't you just email the guy who designed the garden? Can't see why he would not tell you exactly what the plant was.

john@johnwilsongardens.co.uk

 

 

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:58

Wondering if anyone else noticed this last year...

I had some growbags from B&Q, and i noticed they were full of peanuts., mostly because there was so many of them mice would open them and pull them apart to get at the nuts. 

I had 1 bag left over so i opened it this spring as i needed some compost, and actually found the number of nuts in was unbelievable,peanuts (still red in their shells) probably made up a 1/4 of all the material in the growbag. I can't even say it was uncomposted material as it basically looked like fresh peanuts, it clearly was just a material they had used to add as a filler to the compost.

So we've had rocks, plastic, lumps of wood and now peanuts all sold as compost...

Greenhouse

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 14:36

Things to think about...

Is it very windy where you are? If so get a toughened safety glass one, and avoid polypropelene as it's too light and the pannels will blow out.

Do you want metal or wooden frame?


Personally i got a wooden framed Swallow greenhouse early in the year from the greenhouse people (then swallow took over for delivery). I was very pleased with the service swallow privided. 

Tomato plants in greenhouse

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 14:21

Have to say i surprised by how poor many of monties tomatoes looked on GW on friday. Looks like it was either filmed a long time ago, or the experiment has produced very poor plants. I've had fruit ripening on mine for about 6 weeks now, many of monties in the little pots didn't even seem to have flowered yet. Will be interesting to see if he manages to get anything off them, I know the experiment was about flavour but if he gets 1 trus of amazing flavour tomatoes per plant, it wouldn't be much good for most of us who don't have room for dozens of plants. 

I've had a few black cherries off mine so far, they were the first to set, and stronger growing it seems than the gardeners delight or tigarella. Have to say they tasted fantastic.

Autumn Perennials

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 15:10

Sedums always look great later in the year, and the insects will love you for them.

 

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