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Posted: 13/05/2017 at 15:20

Thanks! They've been hardening out, so I'll get batch 1 or part of it in the soil today, and batch 2 in the coldframe, and dig out the netting

Pruning Winter Jasmine

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:47

turned out to be both a forsythia and a winter jasmine. The forsythia is gone, we've got an obelisk for the winter jasmine.


Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:42

Kohlrabi seems to be what's germinating this year. Any tips? How pest resistant is it? And how quickly does it mature? How hardy? I'm planning to plant out the first lot this weekend or later in the week (In York, last frost date about now. 

Swiss Chard

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:37

:) Just get this year's lot sown! I must remember to pull up another plant or two here as they've started bolting. I grow fordhook giant chard, once made sag dal with 1.5 leaves...


Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:35

I planted two types of onion sets last year, some red ones, and some white ones that can be eaten as spring onions as i'll need the space for my beans. The white ones are much fatter - can all onions be eaten as spring onions, and just some are marketed that way, or is it better to stick to the way they were sold? 

Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:34

when's your last frost, and have they been hardened off?

Pruning Winter Jasmine

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 20:19

We removed a big overgrown shrub to reveal this winter jasmine that has been grwing through it, which we'd like to keep. Any tips on pruning it to a more sensible shape? It's very spindly at the moment.

Advice on wildflower planting

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 07:12

we have a clay lawn that's often soggy - I mowed the turf short and planted bird's foot trefoil and clover plugs, both like that sort of environment.

Composting Cardboard

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 16:26

Ha, I like the weed suppression idea! I usually hoard cardboard due to not having much browns, but having just done the annual clearout I have a good pile now. They're mostly amazon boxes so I'll set aside some time to chop them up.

Composting Cardboard

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 15:23

How do you prepare cardboard for composting? We don't have a garden shredder, so just looking for ideas.

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