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My hardneck garlic is falling over

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 17:55

All I know is you don't pull your garlic till its completely yellow, then you expose the bulb left in the soil for another week before removing, but only if the weather dries up, otherwise pull and hang to dry for several weeks or they will rot. If they are still in the ground keep feeding but do not overwater if you are not getting enough sun, good luck with your crop.

buried snails

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 17:49

Haha so entertaining reading that , unfortunately I'm not so kind they cost me way too much over the years. Just hope I do not come back as one, good luck with the snail trail everyone, they are loving this weather.

Slug Stoppa

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 17:27

Also found on

a really good site to .

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 14:29

What has happened to all our gardening programmes, we use to get more than one a week ! I think its a real shame we loose out to sport, there interests are catered for, I'm fed up with taking a back seat. Sacrifing one programme a week is not good enough BBC ??

Gigantic courgette leaves

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 13:40

Best to advoid too much feed, keep sheltered, do not over water and you can safefly remove to odd leaf to allow light and air around the plant. This has worked for me, what there are really missing right now is warmth.

Plants being eaten!

Posted: 18/03/2012 at 20:48

Likely to be slugs and snails, try sprinkling bran around for an organic alternative,or salt as a quick measure although this wont have lasting effect. If its indivual specimen plants you want to save, try a copper ring, they hate copper. If its not snails, check underneath your leaves for caterpillars and pick off and destroy, or rub off aphids if present, soapy water or boil rhubarb leaves to make an insecticed and spray.

Talkback: How to deter carrot root fly

Posted: 18/03/2012 at 20:39

just sow in a raised border, does not have to be that high to deter them and try growing strong smelling herbs or crops e.g garlic, onions near by. They can be grown in a greenhouse before the hot weather kicks in, its works for me.

Talkback: How to grow tomatoes from seed

Posted: 18/03/2012 at 20:36

Growing seedlings in a unheated greenhouse is fine, place seeds in good quality compost with fine covering. To speed up process either use plastic bag to cover of get a cheap propigator to protect from draughts until you have a couple of good strong leaves.

Talkback: How to make compost

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:29
If weeds go in your compost be sure you cut off roots, dispose in waste/burn.You will get away with annual weeds, but dandi,docks & nettles are really persistant. I find that works best for me.Making sure your composter is placed where you get sun most of the day aids heating up which will break down waste faster,& a good mix of waste helps, I even throw in my old hoover bags, hair from my brush, pet hair. A good tip if your man is queuing for the bathroom send him to your heap for a watering ;)
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