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Why won't my wisteria flower

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 13:18

It may well be the pruning ... mine is about 3 years old ... I've never had flowers,  but last year I looked at a couple of videos about pruning (when and how).  I followed these rules and this year I've had loads of flower buds !

Thats the good news,  the bad news is that with all this rain,  the buds got completely waterlogged and they've just rotted and dropped off.

Still,  better luck next time !

Si I think the answer could well be to prune according to the YouTube pruning instructions !


Compost bin/cold frame

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 13:12

Compost Bins are best made out of old Pallets ... Joe Swift made one on the last season of GW.  I'd make 2 bins as it takes sometime to make the compst.   I'm lazy and bought a couple of cheap ones on the Net !


Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:40

Many thanks for all your help.

Ive had to remove a few tubers which are rotten,  but the majority are fine.  I think that the shed (where I keep them) is currently too cold during the night.  I'll move them inside the house (My wife won't like it though !)


Bird feeders causing weeds?

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:25

Certainly can !  I have loads of things growing underneath my bird feeders.

A devil to keep clean and constantly have to get rid of it all !


Brussel Sprout growing

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 14:31


The important thing is that the soil must be firmed up after you've planted them.

The frost also makes them sweeter ... tahts why we leave them to get 'old' !


Brussel Sprout growing

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 14:21

I grow 'Petrus' from Unwins .... they're expensive but are worth it.    They don't grow too tall and the sprouts are also quite firm and small.  The flavour though is exquiste ... I grew mine last year for Christmas and am growing some this year as well.

I've just planted 3 of them into the ground and have put a copper ring (to protect from slugs) and some fleece to protect them from the cold.

Any more problems just shout.


Brussel Sprout growing

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 14:06

Thats called bolting ... but I thought it usually happened when the sprouts were old !

I know that when they are planted they like the ground to be very firm ... I usually plant the sprouts when they're about 3 inches high and firm the ground round them down with me feet.

Another idea is that they could be diseased .. clubroot ? (Not sure of the symptoms though)

How long were they in the ground ?


Starting off Dahlia tubers

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 12:41

I am trying to start off dahlia tubers and have them sitting in trays on top of damp compost in an unheated greenhouse.

They've been there for a month and I thought they'd have shooted by now.

Can anybody tell me what I'm doing wrong ?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 13:43

Hi,  I am the latest arrival following the demise of the BBC Website. 

I look forward to renewing my acquaintance with you all ... you probably don't know me as I'm a very quiet member !


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