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DT Brown Seeds Ltd

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 19:58

I bought some seeds from them a couple of months ago and they were fine.

Blackfly on broad beans

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 19:55

Chilli lover, I have just looked and you are in Hampshire(?) For the first time ever, my autumn sown broad beans up here in the Fens have not over-wintered very well.

I have been told to pinch out the top leaves at some stage (possibly when first flowers appear) to avoid black fly. Does any one know more about this?

slug pellets help

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 19:48

Sotongeoff, well spotted

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 19:38

The Fens, a little snow last night, followed by a chilly day, but not unbearable. Am v. proud that I bled the rads today without having to call a plumber

Aldi plants

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 19:31

I gave an olive tree to some friends in Bedfordshire who have a very sheltered walled garden; the winter before last killed it.

In big cities they seem to survive because of the'kiln' effect of the warmth that leaches from buildings.

Soil ph

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 19:48

When I did a soil test in my new garden 10 years ago, I used one of those little kits where you add water to a little tube of soil and some chemical. Thinking about it later I realised that I had also tested the ph of the water. I am no scientist so I can't answer this question. The result I got was a ph of 8. Everything grows fine except for the attacks of slugs etc. Everything I have read since says basically don't bother trying to change the ph too fundamentally; you are flogging a dead horse. Grow what works with that ph.


Posted: 10/02/2013 at 19:40

Maria ralph, how would you stop them from blowing away? I'm not being negative at all; I think it's a great idea

Cheap seeds

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 17:54

Zoomer44, I know the feeling; I would love rolling acres, or at least half an acre.

Last year a friend bought a little lemon tree at Aldi or Lidl, dead cheap, so was hoping to get one.

Cheap seeds

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 13:52

Zoomer, did they have Lemon Trees in Aldi?

Cheap seeds

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 18:56

Thank you for the info, sotongeoff

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