Barbara Carter

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Carob Seeds

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 20:24

I have been given some Carob seeds which I will be sowing in March or April.Has anypne had success with growing the plants.

I know that they grow into really big trees abroad so don't expect the same here but it's just an experiment really.


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 20:11

I was away during the first week of this month but when I got back on the 6th there was frogs spawn in the pond.This is not unusual for me here in Devon and I have seen it at the end of January before now.

Something I have noticed with the timing is that it always seems to turn colder after the spawn appears and it very often gets frozen just like it has this week.Still get loads of froglets though.

Goji Berries

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 19:34

I had great success with my Goji Berries which I grew on my allotment.They do have long arching stems but you can prune them back quite hard to keep them under control.I had loads of berries,far too many really but unfortunately no one in the family like the taste so I chopped it right back to the ground in the hope that it would die off.The roots were so strong that I couldn't dig it up.Nothing reappeared for a while then I noticed new shoots coming up again so I have just been pulling them off when I see them.I will be having another go at digging it up this year,all the wet weather may help.

Best and worst seed and potting compost

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 19:06

I subscribe to Which Gardening magazine and always take notice of their compost trial results which are updated every year.Perhaps I shouldn't mention it here.

The one mentioned by B3 has been Best Buy and I have had no trouble with it.


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 18:59

I would recommend Sweet Aparatife which is a cherry sized tomato and it is very sweet.You can pick them and eat them just like sweets.

Starting Dahlias 2016

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 18:48

If you stored them in pots of compost just wait until there are new shoots appearing then you can put them into new compost until it's time to plant out.

It's a bit early and cold to be seeing any signs of life yet I think.

Plant ID

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 20:05

I would say that it is a gerbera too.I have one which is kept indoors but there are some that are supposed to be hardy.Unfortunately mine didn't survive and they cost a fair amount too.

They are lovely flowers and one of my favourites with all the lovely colours.

Making raspberry jam

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 19:26

Yes I use about 3/4 of the recommended amount of sugar and sometimes a bit less and it works fine.

I have just opened a jar of damson jam that I made last year and it is perfect.When opened I store in the fridge.

I only make small amounts of different jams so they do get used up quite quickly.

Perrenial runner beans?

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 19:48

My neighbouring allotmenteer always grows fantastic runner beans and this year he has some that originated last year.He didn't dig them up and they just started to grow again.When he pulled a couple up they had formed big tubers,he gave these to someone else and they have grown back as well.He is going to leave them in again this winter and cover them with a mulch just in case we have a cold winter to see if they come up again.

I wondered if anyone else has done this as I wouldn't have thought it possible seeing as how beans are pretty sensitive to the cold.I am going to try leaving my climbing french beans to see what happens.

Making raspberry jam

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 19:30

It is best to use jam sugar for raspberries.I find that using less than the recommended amount results in a better flavour and it's not too sweet.I have never had a problem with storing jam with less sugar content .I still have some in my cupboard from last year that is still ok.

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