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Posted: 20/11/2014 at 22:07

For the last 30 years or so my tradition has been to cook the Christmas dinner using exclusively veg from my own garden.  If only I had room to raise poultry too, it would be perfect!  

I can't tell you how much I look forward to doing this every year - it's simply bliss!

Tatty advice

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 18:44

The holes were likely produced by black keeled slug which live in the soil and they seem to love clay (and potatoes!)  Try and choose varieties which have some slug resistance - Kestrel (2nd early) do well here in my keeled slug infested clay and taste great.  More are listed about half way down this RHS potato advice page:

Tomato Blight

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 23:37

Blight spores are carried in the air, so there's always a chance of getting it, even in a brand new GH.  Cleaning your GH is always a good idea at the end of the year though and can only help.  If you have soil borders in there, then I would skim-off and replace the top 2-3 inches which should stop any spores laying on the soil surface from being splashed onto the plants next year.

plumb tree

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 23:30

It depends on the variety and what rootstock it is grafted onto susan3.  Do you have any information on the one you are thinking of planting?  The majority of them found in GCs and supermarkets etc come on 'St Julian A' rootstock which will eventually result in a tree of about 5m high.  I wouldn't risk planting one any nearer to the house than that.

If you don't have that much space you can still grow plums on a dwarf tree (even in a large pot or other container.)  In that case look for a 'patio' or 'mini' plum tree which will come on a dwarfing rootstock like 'VVA1'.

Fuchsia identification

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 18:29

As the flowers in the pics are 2" long, they are almost certainly semi-hardy types as are nearly all large-flowered fuchsias.

Potted Climber for a Shady Wall

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 18:25

Lots of clematis grow perfectly well in shade but most don't like pots unless they are very large and deep.  However, modern breeding has produced some cultivars which do well in largish pots - try googling for 'boulevard' and 'top to bottom clematis' if you like that idea.


Posted: 16/11/2014 at 16:28

Still wet and (dark) grey here in Leics and has been pretty much all week (apart from when at work of course!)  Itching to get something done in the garden but, with clay soil, likely to cause more harm than good.   Looks like more browsing for seeds and plants for next year, so not entirely a washout!

Tall Spikey Plant- White Sap

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 16:19

A typo from Edd (or his "S" key may be broken!) - It's Caper Spurge (Euphorbia lathyris as nut said.)   Lot of it about in UK gardens this year.

If you get sap from euphorbias on your skin, it can cause nasty wheals  or rashes.  Not nice stuff.

Dracaena help

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 16:12

It's suffering from shock having been re-potted and the most important thing now is to put it somewhere with a bit of warmth and plenty of light (a south-facing windowsill is ideal). Whatever you do, do not water it or the roots will very likely rot and that will be the end of it!  With a bit of luck it will recover and once it is growing again and the compost dries out so that the top inch is completely dry, (stick a finger in to test) only then commence watering it again.


Posted: 16/11/2014 at 13:51

If you dug them up from the garden they will be fully hardy types Caz8 and can be planted out and just left to do their thing.  They do not need digging-up.  Cyclamen coum and hederifolium are most common types found in gardens and will self-seed and spread over time.  Here's the RHS advice on garden types:

There is a small chance they are non-hardy types (those have larger flowers and in a wider range (the hardy c. coum and c. hed. types are always purple or white) but the 'florist' types are generally only grown indoors.  If they are this type (usually c. persicum) then bring indoors every winter and plant out again in spring.  If you found them in the garden then they are unlikely to be these.

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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