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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. 

Hi Newbie here

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 13:19

I agree re dear Geoff Hamilton, his books are still my basic garden 'bibles' and reading materials - such a gentle good way he had with telling things.  The hypertufa trough we made to his recipe is still going strong many years later.  


Welocme to the forum, there is no such thing as a silly question, we all learn all of the time, that's what we come here for, to learn and to share knowledge.  

Small sink pond

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 13:15

I've had 3 of these wonderful Belfast type sinks in the garden for many years - though not full of water, but full of sometimes very wet compost.  They have been frozen solid time after time, and have not yet come to any harm.  If you remain worried, wrap it  in some horticultural  fleece (not bubblewrap as it can trap the water against the glaze, which can chip off if then frozen), or sacking, or old curtains or whatever is availble.  They are very tough things though, as are water lilies, which freeze solid too quite often and seem to thrive on it. 


Posted: 04/11/2012 at 13:12

Lynne24, believe me, there is no such thing as a silly question - we all start somewhere and somewhen, and we all learn from each other on here -  so keep asking and asnwering and we will all do well for each other. 

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