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Fine Green beans in the shops

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 10:17

My missus loves these, so I want to grow them, what are they? Are they dwarf french beans or? Some I've seen in catalogues include Climbing bean Cobra and also dwarf bean Delinel. I only grow runners, despise broad beans, so am at a bit of a loss. Someone help me out?


Posted: 19/03/2013 at 10:10

Mail order is very hit and miss, probably like brides!!! I have a punt now and again but I will admit, I'm starting to go places to get my plants now, especially if it's things that are required pronto, several times I've 'missed' the season due to fruit trees being dead or potatoes and garlic not arriving for an age. Last year T&M sent me my autumn onion sets and garlic and daffs the first week of Dec, we had hard frosts for 2 weeks before they arrived. If they had arrived in october or start of Nov like advertised, it would have been significantly better.

Still, you live and learn. My New Year's resolution was for any food crops or things I absolutely need on time, I'll go find and buy rather than relying on people who can't be relied on!


Posted: 19/03/2013 at 09:53

no, they all been different, however if you have a ferroli boiler that is less than 10 years old, I'd strongly suggest you take out the homecare policy at £11 a month, these boilers are cheap tat.

Those sweet peas should be fine, if you are worried, push the compost up from the bottom or 'unroll' the cardboard and repot as gently as you can, they'll have two choices, still no harm in trying.

Creating height and also a screen - to keep prying neighbours at bay!

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 09:48

it'd help if you can give some photos and dimensions. Do you have fence along your border? if so you can add trellis to the top and then you can use climbers too, also growing fruit trees as fans or espaliers can be a productive screen. Instant screening can be achieved with bamboo screening, I'd be loathe to plant bamboo as they have a habit of escaping and then you'll never be rid of it.


Posted: 19/03/2013 at 09:43

yes busy busy today. Gas guy coming out to boiler for the 4th time as it still is leaking water. MAYBE today it'll finally be fixed, well here's to hoping anyways. Trying not to let the weather get me down, with my soil if it isn't dry for a few days it's unworkable. The whole raised beds plot was supposed to be finished last year, but well, you folks know how often it rained :/

So I shall content myself with revving up my propagator and sowing my toms, cucs and courgettes. Some of my birdeye chili have decided to come up. (I got the seed from some from supermarket and experimented!) They are incredibly tiny, smaller than cress, is this normal? (Never grown them before)

Hope everyone else has a productive day.


Posted: 19/03/2013 at 08:01

Short of driving them miles away, slugs and snails have a homing instinct, this has been proved scientifically. Slugs and snails were marked and moved sometimes as far as 100 feet away, within 2 days they were back!


Posted: 19/03/2013 at 07:54

Seems to have chucked it down last night, I'm sure the gods are out to stop me finishing this new raised bed area. Was hoping to get it finished, tramped and raked level ready for the raised beds on top, seems that won't be the case now Final prep on the greenhouse instead, then chucking in 6 or 7 trays of seeds I think.

strange 'plums'

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 11:11

All you need to know is on that link, there's also a  link at bottom for pruning mature fans. Doesn't cost a penny, and if you need it in the garden just print it off.

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 11:05

Well I would do the first programme about planning your space, the produce you like to eat, and then sowing the early seeds, like tomatoes cucumbers etc. I would do a piece on constructing raised beds, and the use of containers. The following week, compost and soil to fill beds and containers, building/buying a propagator the benefits you get etc. You  could have a little 'project' every week, and also stick in a bit about small garden design and planting. It would be basic for most people and would encourage novice gardeners to have a go. We all know once you get bitten by the bug you will try new things each year. But I believe for most people, the interest will be predominantly growing things they can eat, as well as having a nice garden for summer to entertain and enjoy.

Currently I think that showing huge gardens is just not relevant to the average person who may be thinking about starting out. They should make a show that targets modern sized plots and flats etc. I dunno, call it the 'Modern Urban Gardener.' or something. Put it this way, 30 mins a week instead of the hours of usual dross will not make a huge difference to the schedules, but I do think that plenty would watch.

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 10:20

I really think they should have the 8pm -8.30pm slot given over to toby and the younger crew, specifically dealing with raising veg and planting up small gardens. I'd be prepared to say about 80% of people have a modern small garden and so this is far more appropriate. For example, the mahonias are simply too big for most modern gardens. If they made a programme that details growing veg and small gardens for beginners, they can leave GW as it is and then everyone will be happy. Lots of new gardeners are probably put off because they don't have several acres as garden.

Joe's 'contempory' garden design, I was unimpressed with the garden he was in, too me it looked a mess, the lavender for example that had been poorly maintained, was a raggedy mess. Never been a fan of contempory mind, it's not so bad with a large garden as you need the space, in a small garden very hard for it not to look like a mess.

I just found the programme a bit of a hotch-potch, trying to squeeze in too much and ending up with insufficent on each subject as a result.

Yes GW is a relaxing watch, but I think there is a real need for a practical show every week that advises on small gardens, baskets and veg growing.

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