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Onion Squash

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 23:14

Yes, cook it like a butternut - they are delicious!

Growing On Shallots & Garlic

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:53

I grew shallots this year from bulbs harvested last year.  The plants grew just as well as the original 'seed' shallots.  However, I will be buying new bulbs for next year as I want to try a different variety.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:46

Hi Ann, A quick precis of what Monty says in that clip:

  • Quarter-fill an old compost bag (bin liners usually aren't stong enough) with good quality compost.  Roll the sides of the bag down to suit.
  • Plant 3 seed potatoes (chitted for main crop types but no need to chit early types) and just cover them with enough compost so they are in the dark.  3 is enough and you won't get a larger crop by planting more.
  • Water them, ensuring there are drainage holes in the bag, poke a knife in a few times to make them.
  • As the green foliage appears, add more compost to completely bury it and unroll the bag as you go. Keep doing the same every couple of weeks or so until the bag is full.  Water them regularly.
  • After about 90 days they will be ready to harvest.

From me: Main crop types will take a bit longer - about another month.

Onion Squash

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:00

They will be ready when the skin goes really hard and I suspect will turn from yellow to a more orange colour.  When you cut the ripe ones off, put them on a sunny windowsill for a couple more weeks to ripen them fully.  They should keep growing until the first frost but do harvest them as soon as you hear a frost is due as they won't keep once frosted.  As long as you do that they can keep for months.

Laugh at my carrots

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 19:56

Carrots and parsnips don't transplant well katvet.  You really need to sow the seeds where they will grow - do that next year and you will get nice straight ones.

Unknown edible in garden what is it??

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 19:46

I've grown them in 73 litre mixing tubs from wickes with holes drilled in the bottom and filled with 50/50 farmyard manure and compost, Jo.  They did well but you do need to keep up with the watering - all that leaf area really sucks it up!

Blossom Trees

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 13:32

Not sure about the fastest growing (I normally avoid anything labelled that way as they often get out of hand too easily) but if you like weeping trees, a weeping cherry might fit the bill.  Those can be bought as 3 year old pot-grown ones which are about 6-7ft tall for about £40.  Bare-root trees are much cheaper but will not be available until the dormant season (about November to early March.)  If you go to specialist suppliers (who supply garden shows like Chelsea) you can actually buy almost any tree at any size but they do not come cheap and are difficult to plant, usually requiring machinery, eg:




Magnolia pruning

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:58

Magnolia don't really like pruning but if you need to, now is the ideal time.  Some advice from the RHS here:


Help posting pictures ..?

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:56

Some tablets and phones don't work very well on this site at the moment although they are working to make it more compatible I believe.  If you can install an alternative browser on your tablet, that would be worth a try.  I understand Chrome works for some folk.

Clematis Shimmer

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:52

It's a summer flowering type, known as a 'group 3'.  Clematis are hungry plants, so prepare a deep hole and incorporate a lot of organic matter such as well rotted manure and compost.  Plant it about 3-4 inches (10cm) lower than the pot it came in.

Cut it back every year in about February to the lowest pair of buds, or about 6 inches (15cm), whichever is lower.  Feed about once a month in spring and summer with a proprietry clematis food or a general fertliser.

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