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sambucca black lace

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 21:24

Yes indeed, it is autumn, just let it rest  - then  wait till spring and see those glorious young leaves arrive from the virtually black buds - stunning. 

Growing hyacinth in a glass vase help please

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 21:23

I usually grow these to flower in February or so, when the decorations have all gone, the days are dark and wet - then fresh hyacinths with their perfume just makes me realise how good life is and that Spring really will come!

Is it a plant or a weed

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 21:03

Any plant can be bith a weed and a delightful addition to your garden, depending whether you like it or not.  There are a couple of things in my garden that I know are considered weeds by my friends, but I like them, the bees like them, and I do my best to keep them under control - tis all a matter of what you want and where. 

Grafted tomato plants

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 20:59

I must say that when I tried them 2 years ago I was very underwhelmed.  I had 2 grafted and3ordinary plants, and all had about the same success - or failure -  for the price I found them quite disappointing.  I shall not bother with them again, but stick to the seed grown ones I have always used - I do not regard this year as anything typical anyway. 

Water butts

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 20:08

We have four water butts - 2 large ones from the house roof, and a smaller ones from both the shed and the greenhouse.  I would not be without them, makes life much better for the plants, and when we have the usual hosepipe ban, especially when it rains all summer, they are really so worth it.  It is worth looking about for recycling large plastic bins, the ones for fruit juices for example are really good - not all are 1,000 litres.  

I give up!

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 20:04

Lets be honest here, this year was the most awful one for growing veggies for many of us, your experience is not typical of most peoples experience in most years.  Lets just hope the commercial growers, who also had a dreadful year, don't give up as well, or we'll all have a pretty tough time this winter!!

It's always fun to grow veggies, it an be very hard work, and it certainly is not the cheap way to go - but oh, the taste and satisfaction of a plateful of food you produced yourself from seeds int he ground? Nothing, but nothing beats it!  Yes, there were indeed very few of those occasions this year - but the next year will be perfect for all crops.  Next year always is - go on give it a go, don't expect the world, keep it simple, and who knows - it might be a perfect year after all. 

Bulbs sprouting now??

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 19:57

This happens, they will slow and stop when the weather gets really cold - don't worry, they know what they are doing even if we are still learning!

Protecting container plants in Winter

Posted: 07/11/2012 at 20:10

We grow a huge number of things in pots, and find that it is far more the pot that you need to protect rather than the plants.  I had camellias in very large clay pots for several years untilt he very hard winter of a couple of winters ago - then lost them - well, it did get to -25 so not surprising really.

I don't use bubble wrap because it catches water between the bubbles and these hold water which then freezes,  Newpaper, hessian, fleece, old curtains - whatever is absorbent and warm for the few that really do need it.  Of the list erhat you gave,  I would say all are fine outdoors - if it gets to below -15 then a bit of fleece will protect the pots.  We have 65 hostas in pots, and although we have lost the odd pot, rarely a hosta.  Tulips I regard as annuals now, plant now, enjoy in spring then do it again in autumn - daffs last longer but eventually give up in pots. 

Clay pots will stand alot, but glazed ones will give up if there is any sort of crack in the glaze where water can get in & greeze = yjod eill then push the glaze off the pot. Plastic pots get bitterly cold, and I would rarely use them out of doors in the winter.  The new resin pots seem good, though I have not had a great deal of experience with them yet. 

Hi Newbie here

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 10:36

Try his books, these are certainly available, and are just as good as was the man himself.  Peobably the several  series are around, in disc format, tho' I have not seen them offered for a long time.  

Can you grow Quince as a stepover fruit?

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 13:21

We visted a garden, can't remember where, where they had some other fruits as well as apples as step overs - some kinds of pears (which surprised me very much) and I think a plum but cannot be sure of that.  I've always fancied it but really have nowhere to do it just now, another thing to put in the 'one day' box. 

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