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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 09:47

After a few hrs searching, I think maybe the rose is Harlow Carr, it has tiny thorns rather like a raspberry, the scent is very very strong and it seems surprisingly resistant to blackspot, in which case it maybe mayflower. - take your pick!

If you scroll down you will find several Damask Roses that also fit the bill. I'll try and get some more photos today. I hate not knowing the name of something, especially when the scent is so strong everyone coming to my door always comments and asks what it is as they usually want one too! It would be nice to be able to tell them.

PS GG you don't live in Litchard do you?

Question about soil / peat / compost

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 20:23

for that sort of crop I think you'll be fine, I always pop radish and spring onions just in random spaces in the beds as a catch crop because they are fast growers and quickly finished.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 20:18

My Black Russian grew to in excess of 7 ft in the greenhouse last year, in fact I had to do some judicial pruning to increase fruit exposure and improve ventilation, oh and not to mention the fact they were getting in the way!

If you have the room a proper GH is the way to go, it's remarkable what you can get in your local area on ebay and gumtree. I often see people offering GH that they have no interest in (have just moved and they don't garden!) for very very cheap, or free if you can dismantle and collect. If you have a helpful husband you'd be amazed what is achieveable even on a very tight budget.

what to grow

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 10:27

If you sow some leek seed now a few weeks you should be ready to plant out if you bring them on in the greenhouse to start.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 10:24
steephill wrote (see)

A recent Beechgrove Garden showed a tomato grower who has gotten huge crops from very small pots with very little compost. He has been doing this for many years too. He does feed them every day though. Have a look on iPlayer.

It is possible, but if you want to be tied to the GH morning and night for the growing season I guess this is what to go for. Maybe he lives in the GH? Reason I've ended up with big pots is I just found the watering was not fun at all, not morning and night, and still getting split fruits and blossom end rot. If I manage to sell off all my sunflowers and pumpkins and courgettes at the school fair in next week or so, I'm using the money to maybe invest in a hydroponic setup.

Question about soil / peat / compost

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 10:17

All my soil is lovely claggy clay with a huge amount of pebbles from tiny to fist sized. It bakes hard as rock in the sun and is terrible in the wet. The amount of stones means it's impossible to even put a fork in, let alone a spade! Clay soil is actually very good once you doctor it. It is an ideal 'base' to mix with compost to form a very good soil mix which holds moisture and actually saves on watering. I constructed my own sieve using 2x2 batons and 1/2" chicken wire, it's sized to fit on top of the wheelbarrow. When I mix up some soil, I use about 50% compost, 30% of my clay soil and 20% sharp sand. If you want organic, use rock dust to re mineralise the soil or chicken manure pellets or seaweed etc, if you want to use fertilizer can't go far wrong with growmore.

I have solid clay clods that are unworkable about 12-14" underneath the topsoil, what I tend to do is either dig it out, or loosen it up then mix in a load of manure, and hopefully the worms do the hard work then.

If you can't be bothered sifting etc, you can buy topsoil in bags from b&Q or homebase etc. I'd mix it about 50/50 with compost and add whichever fertiliser you decide on. It's up to you, good luck.

chilli plant

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 09:43

I never really thought about them needing a minimum temp, but thinking about it, if the temps outside are too low, the plant will just sit there and look at you and not do much else. GH only is probably the best advice, I doff my cap to you marsh !

growing brassicas

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 02:08

Ok, I have deep raised beds, mainly so my roots grow nice, the beds are like 8 inch high, but I dig down a further 8-10 inches sift soil and mix with compost well rotted organic stuff. The problem I have is everything I read about brassicas is they love a firm soil for support, yet I have no dig/ no step on my beds.. Also my soil is acidic, rhods, camelias heather, azelea all do great stright in the ground, and brassicas like lime!!! Only brassica I grow is pak choi, but I do treat it more like a catch crop. Do you think it's worth trying cabbage, sprouts, broccolli etc? And if so, how do I go about the firmness of the soil? I don't want to be compacting the soil in anyway? Cheers in advance.


Posted: 12/06/2013 at 02:02

pot them up, who knows what may crop up and stop you building the pits. At least if they are in small pots they can tick over for a bit, leave them in water too long and you risk losing them.

What's your Flower of the moment?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 01:59

if it's a climber BL then maybe golden showers?

Discussions started by BrummieBen

growing brassicas

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water those poor souls!

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anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

as above 
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So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

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This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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While it's been raining

trawling youtube for gardening 
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Most famous moment with your plants?

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