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Auntie E


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That's Monty done till March!

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 15:15

I have read somewhere that Monty Don will be taking over Chelsea coverage from Alan Tichmarsh  next year, and that Alan has declined to take a smaller part in the coverage.  Is this true, does any one know.  I would miss Alan's knowledge and presenting skills.

P.S.  I am in the Nigel fan club!  Could offer a couple of knobbly toads to the pet show.

Dahlias

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:08

Thank you so much for your advice, especially the reminder that each divided piece must have a stem. I wouldn't have done that!    I will leave them alone until spring and then tackle the division! 

Dahlias

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 02:22

Need advice please. I have a row of dahlias which was planted 5 years ago.  Here in the Westcountry, it isn't necessary to dig them up every autumn, so I cut them back in the winter and give a good mulch.  But, they are now overcrowded and need to be thinned out.  When is the best time to do this, now or next spring? 

Wildlife gardening...hopes for the future

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 10:36

Well, I have been a wildlife gardener all my life (74).  An elderly neighbour visited me and said jokingly that he thought the gardener who managed my vegetable plot was ok (a few straight lines)  but that I should get rid of the gardener who managed the flower bed!  they were too untidy, and I had nettles! shock horror.  I explained to him that my garden is a cottage/wildlife garden and that I encouraged wildlife to visit and stay with me i.e. my army of frogs and toads who keep the snails and slugs down, the birds who feed on the greenfly.  Also the lovely silvery slow worms who live in my compost bins. This gentleman had been in his time a gardener on a huge estate and had had to garden by strict rules.  He eventually came to appreciate my garden and visited often and even brought me seeds from his  garden for me to grow, hence I now have a beautiful patch of Angels Fishing Rods. I couldn't think of any other way to garden, so try to spread the word. 

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 23:03

Lots of ideas from this thread for next year.  Here in the westcountry we have had a bumper year, even though we had a cold spring.  Highlights:  runner beans Moonlight.  Tried the new Jackpot dwarf runner beans. Very early, good flavour, have collected seeds for next year, but will give more support.

Beetroots Cylindra and Red Ace, very prolific, and tasty, just cooked the last ones.

Leeks Elefant and Porbella which were free from D.B. Brown, very good.

Courgettes best ever, Cavili, Napoli and Soleil, but will try Parador next year as suggested on here.  I make loads of soup with my courgettes for the freezer for winter lunches. 

I grow purple sprouting broccoli amongst my courgette plants in the vain hope that the cabbage whites will miss them, but they eventually found them. They are now recovering, so all is well. Winter cabbages however, were well and truly damaged, am hoping they will come good. Tried the new Black Kale and liked it, its not as tough as Nero.

Chard, always in the garden, great stand by. I grow Fordhook Giant and the rainbow collection, grow in good fertile ground.

Broad bean Monica, will grow again, have loads in the freezer.

Tomatoes best ever in the garden for Sungold, and Black Krim. No blight this year. In the greenhouse tried Delicious, and they were really were delicious but not very prolific.

Where would I be without my trusty Burpless Tasty Green cucumber.  I grow them up a south facing wall, in plenty of compost and well watered.  Picked the last one today for lunch.

Next year I will grow more flowers for the bees and butterflies, they were very much in evidence this year so don't want to disappoint next year. They loved the marjoram and verbena bonariensis, buddleigh, scabious etc.

Wont Grow Again:  This is the last year I grow carrots, they just don't suit my garden, even though I have a fleece cover, the root flies still get in.  Same goes for parsnips. 
This leaves more room next year for extra broad beans and leeks.

No more onions, as have been inflicted with rot, or potatoes either, although I had a few Lady Balfour left over from the supermarket which had sprouted, so planted them in a small row.  I recently thought I should dig them up to see if they had produced much, and lo and behold I have a wonderful crop of large sound potatoes!  So perhaps do the same next year, although I know you are not suppoed to do this!

 

 

Tomato Seeds

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 16:02

sotongeoff - thank you! 

Tomato Seeds

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 15:04

I have been looking everywhere for tomato seeds Burpee Delicious, in all the catalogues and on the internet.  The only link I have found is in the USA which involves a lot of postage etc.  Can anyone here help please.  I first saw these tomatoes on a Gardeners World programme but haven't been able to find out where to buy the seeds.

goji berries

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 13:29

Kezza, thanks for your progress report, hope your tree/bush survives.  I didn't realise they could grow so high, so will have to find a suitable space, although if I do buy one will keep it in the greenhouse until it looks as though it can go it alone outside.  I am in south Devon, so it is warm here and very very wet.  Thanks again.

goji berries

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 05:50

I have been reading about the health benefits of goji berries, and wonder if any members have grown them and if so were they successful.

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