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Posted: 13/02/2015 at 14:41

Positive that it should be OK as long as not sitting in boggy spot. They seem to like really arid conditions. Growing out of the tarmac on old car park near us. Beautiful specimans.

Maximum number of potatoes per litre of compost

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 14:38

Tried potatoes in bags last year and disasterous, I am going to revert back to pots growing 2 tubers in each. I pop tubers together on top of 6inches compost then cover with compost, once growth showing through, I cover with compost again and so on until it reaches 2 inches from top of pot. I use 40litres over all for 5 pots which I don't think is too bad, and the crops are tipped out into the wheelbarrow, and the spent compost popped on flower borders. Only works really well for me with early potatoes,


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 14:28

I would normally agree with you all, but it worked for me, and the lavender was 4yrs old so nice and big to start with. Have also done the same with stawberries this year successfully - my French neighbour who is a retired nurseryman swears by this so I gave it a go.

How to get rid of Gorse

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:47

In France we are responsable for the pavements outside our properties. Having a gravel pathway in front of us, the gorse in the rockery has seeded and rooted in the front. I have tried pulling up the seedlings and weedkilled plus chopped the rest. Unfortunately it is still coming up. Will Weedkiller for bracken work? There are no drains nearby so will not seep into water courses.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:41

I don't - and I'm not sure if I will be able to sow toms as instructed on 15/16th - Still I might try some in the house to kick them off.

Greenhouse in Winter

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:34

Temperature 10-12c at the moment. Have popped in some lettuce plants (Bought 6 for 75p) so won't have lost much if I lose them. Parsley doing well. Sowed red onions Red Baron yesterday in between lettuces. Can you grow onion sets in containers indoors, or will it get too hot in the Spring?


Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:27

I think that it is the type of Lavender because my Hidcote was a disaster but the 'Grasse' was brilliant. I just split it in two like they do in Provence. The Papillon 'Butterfly Lavender' seems to only work from cuttings too. On rambles I have always tugged a root out of the ground and it has taken well.


Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:20

My promo Code is on the back of the latest Catalogue from T & M


Posted: 09/02/2015 at 13:57

We start buying Xmas Presents from us to us (there are only 2 of 'us') straight after Easter from Charity Shops and £1 shops. I wrap the presents as soon as we get home labelling them with our initials so that come Xmas Eve I then mark on the gift tag which animal they are from eg: To Master love Patch. We have completely forgotten what we have bought and have wonderful surprises plus cheap Xmas'

Peach leaf Curl

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 14:56

Well I've wrapped it up all snug and warm, but, how will insects get in to pollinate? ie - when do I risk unwrapping it again?

Discussions started by biofreak


Earthing Up? 
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More Peas?

Can I get another crop in? 
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New Potatoes

When to harvest 
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Tips Aubergines/peppers Chillies

First Time Grower 
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When are green gooseberries 'ready'? 
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How to Succeed 
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Slug deterrant? 
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Last Post: 28/02/2015 at 18:13

Lost Seed Order!!

Has anyone else lost their's in transit? 
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Last Post: 25/02/2015 at 12:28

Cucumber Frames

How do I make maximum Use of one? 
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Last Post: 25/02/2015 at 10:21

How to get rid of Gorse

Roadside problem 
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Last Post: 10/02/2015 at 11:35

Are Gardening Magazines Overseas related to UK?

Carol Klein & Alan Titchmarsh in France 
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Old Wive's Tales/Tips and Wrinkles

True or False? 
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Moving gooseberries

Will sawfly move too? 
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Last Post: 19/01/2015 at 07:57

Swiss Chard

New veg to try? 
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Biodynamic Gardening

Has anyone tried it? 
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