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Posted: 11/10/2013 at 19:20

Hi Nikki, if they are the tuberous type, see here:

If the summer bedding type (usually bought as plugs or in very small pots) it may be possible to overwinter them (same method as above) if they have developed tubers but it's usually far more trouble than it's worth with most going rotten so bedding types are normally discarded at this time of the year - it's the compost heap for mine.


Posted: 11/10/2013 at 18:49

Ah, sneaked in while I was typing, eh!


Posted: 11/10/2013 at 18:48

Good news, the topsoil arrived this morning  so I now know what I'll be doing for much of the weekend!  All I'll need then are those pesky bulbs from vm..

BTW, just spotted Brumbull posting on another thread - welcome back if you see this!

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 19:50

Grew 10 varieties this year and no disease problems so will report on taste, crop/fruit size and a few cultural notes:

Brandywine: Excellent taste but small crop of very large fruit.  Slow to start setting.

Black Russian: Very good taste slightly better crop than Brandywine, large fruit, slow to start setting.

Tamina: Average taste, average size, good crop, set early.

Core de Bue: Very good taste, good crop, large fruit, still flowering!

Sungold: Very sweet but powerful taste, amazing crop of orange coloured cherry-sized fruit, still flowering!  Lots of splitting though.

Ferline: Average taste, average crop of average sized fruit.

Suncherry Premium:  Excellent taste (not as sweet as Sungold), excellent crop of red cherry-sized fruit.  Will be growing this instead of Gardeners Delight in the future.

Legend: Very good taste, good crop of large to very large fruit.

Cristal: Average taste, good crop of deeply coloured medium sized fruit.

Stupice: Unremarkable taste, good crop of medium sized fruit.

Hope the above proves useful to someone.


Scaffolding Boards for Borders

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 19:10

Yeah, putting in stakes every half metre or so is important as soil is heavy (esp. when wet) and can easily bow the scaf. boards.  I usually use 50x50mm treated timber for the stakes (oak is ideal if available and will last longer) and use 70mm stainless steel woodscrews to secure the boards to them.  At least a 1/3rd of the stake needs to be driven into the soil to stop them from being pushed over.


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 19:01

Hi all, I've not been on here much lately (work work - boo!) so still catching up.  My bulbs are still not here so emailed again and have been assured another set will be sent..  It's a good job that they're mostly tulips so the later the better in many ways.  Two tonne bags of topsoil should be arriving tomorrow morning - which I'll probably have to move by barrow immediately as the supplier only unloads to flat, hard surfaces which precludes my sloping slate-covered drive I expect.  Not looking forward to that much given the 'orrible weather!

Preparing bed for onions

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 17:50

Sowing successionally is a good idea for many veg and is something I always try to do but often end up forgetting some things.  Or run out of labels, so I don't know whether it's 6 summer cabbage plants or broccoli etc etc when the seeds germinate  I'll get organised one day.  Maybe.

Cyclamen advice

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 00:44

Need more info about exactly which type of cyclamen you have.  There are several varieties of hardy (outdoor) cyclamen (eg coum, hederifolium=neopolitanum) which should be permanently left in the ground, some less hardy ones and there are "florist's" cyclamen (eg Persicum) which are houseplants and have larger flowers but can be grown outside during the summer (although I would have thought that's a bit pointless as they flower in the Autumn & Winter.)


Posted: 04/10/2013 at 18:11

Any masonry paint should be fine.  You might be able to get a 'tester pot' with enough to do the job without having to buy a large tin.  The surface must be completely dry though and free from loose particles or fat from birdfood residue so i would suggest giving the suface a good wire brushing before applying the paint.  Best to paint it and allow to dry indoors if you can for obvious reasons.

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