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Posted: 30/09/2015 at 10:49

I have got wallflowers and sweet williams doing very well at present but they are in my vegetable patch because I do not have the room for them in what I intend to be their final location.  Does a biennial need to remain in place after autumn planting or can I move them next spring?  Will that retard or reduce flowering.  thanks.

Transplanting Leeks

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 17:08

Now that is what I call three very useful pieces of advice obviously gained from hard experience.  Thanks very much indeed.

Transplanting Leeks

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 09:30

Growing leeks for the first time and the book told me to transplant when the plants are pencil size.  I was a little late but in so doing I am pretty sure I have introduce a significant amount of grit into the plants.  I assume transplanting enables a greater amount of the leek to remain white but is it necessary?  Thanks


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 09:42

Thanks very much.  I knew I had to let the leaves regain energy etc but not how long so that is very useful.  But even more so are the ideas about how/where else to plant them.  Bit of a lack of imagination so thanks again.


Posted: 27/08/2015 at 13:43

Hi All

Just received an order of allium bulbs from Parkers and got 100 crocus free.  I thought I would just plant them in the lawn so that after flowering I can just chop them with the first lawn cut.  Is that dumb or any other suggestions?  Thanks

Storing Potatoes

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 13:09

The books, and my experiences of older relatives, say that potatoes should be stored in a cool, frost free and dark area.  It is the darkness which bothers me.  When I leave my shop bought potatoes in a dark cupboard in the kitchen for a relatively short time they sprout.  Hence I am assuming that my winter storing potatoes would do the same if I had such a store.  Why would it be different?  Is it the temperature in the kitchen albeit with the insulation of a door?  If I stored the winter ones in a thick paper sack would that be acceptable?  Thanks

Pieris with brown edged leaves

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 13:02

As you were all so helpful I thought you might be interested in what has happened.  I lied - I did not move it into the shade - sorry.  However this picture does show that it appears to be recovering of it's own accord.  I got a second show of the red bracts (my word hope it is right) which replaced the browned leaves.  I promise it will go in the ground (lined or not) this winter.  Cheers.


Plum Tree Leaf Curl??

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 11:08

Thanks very much for the responses.  As a consequence I was able to find 'plum aphids' on the RHS website.  I live near the sea in Weymouth so frosts are not normally a concern.  I cannot find any aphids but there are definite signs that something small has been eating the leaves.  The RHS website suggests that there should be no effect on yield so I will have to wait and see and then take the action recommended over the winter.  Thanks again.

Pieris with brown edged leaves

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 10:56

Thanks both for your ideas.  I shall move it into shade forthwith.  I have been thinking about putting it in the ground for a couple of years but know that my soil is neutral hence was worried about how it would react.  Also have a problem with where to put it as it becomes quite large and my only spaces would be north facing.  Anyway thanks again.

Plum Tree Leaf Curl??

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:12

Hi All

I bought a limited growth plum tree about 4 years ago and last year for the first time it produced blossom but no fruit and the leaves started to curl and wither.  A new flush of leaves were then produced.  The same thing appears to be happening this year.  I have included some photos.  I believe it needs a prune but did not intend to do that until after fruiting this year.  Has anyone got an idea what is going on and how I deal with it?

Thanks  Bob




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