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'Treated' beans and peas?

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 14:09

I was given some of T&Ms sow strong leeks.. i sowed some alongside my blue winter leeks from real seeds.. the blue ones probably germinated better! 

Think the coating stuff is a bit of a con it seems.

Tomato Varieties

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 12:49

Black cherry are fantastic, by far the most tasty of those i grew last year (Black cherrry, Tigarella, gardeners delight).

This year i'm growing 3 again but replaced the tigarella with san marazano plum toms.

although the tigarella looked nice, they just didn't have the intense flavour of the cherry types.



Posted: 06/05/2014 at 13:48

I'm a big fan of heuchera, most of the ones i have originated from terra nova in the US and i tend to stick to their planting guidelines. 

Here's a list of some of the ones i grow and where i have them.

Lime Marmalade - in damp shady clay does very well.

Berry smoothy - also in the damp shady clay, also does well tends to die down more than the lime ones do.

Delta Dawn - full sun, dryish site doing well.

Marmalade - full sun, well drained - prolific

Ginger Peach - full sun, well drained prolific (very similar to marmalade)

Midnight Rose - full sun, well drained doing well.



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.


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.


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.



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...

Discussions started by AndytheScientist

Geranium pratense 'Purple Haze'

Got seedlings but their not purple... 
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ID on Weed/Plant

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Growing melons in a greenhouse

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Sowing Ornamental Grasses

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Best Base for Greenhouse?

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