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Posted: 30/04/2014 at 07:48

I'm not going to worry about my raspberries - after all they grow well in Scotland and they have much later frosts up there so I'm presuming they'll cope.  Blackberries should also be ok. 

I'm going to fleece my figs and gooseberries as they've formed fruit.  

Beetroot are frost hardy so they'll be ok.

Cover your potatoes with layers of newspaper, tucking it in around the rims of the containers. 

Peas and beans - I'd try to fleece them if you can - but don't panic - as you say you're in South London where it is generally milder so hopefully the frost won't be too bad - and if you do lose a few flowers more will develop.

That's what I would do - good luck 


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 07:32

Morning Lily - have a good day 


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 07:18

Aw!  Clari - poor you - can you grab another half hour?

Truly evil weevil

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 07:16

I suspect it may be a combination of a long warm autumn for the craneflies to lay eggs in, and then a mild winter - the Perfect Leatherjacket Storm 

I think we're lucky with all the bats we get around here - they seem to eat the craneflies before they breed. 

Wisteria not flowering why?

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 07:14

Let us know how you get on 


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 07:13

Oh, hello Chicky - you snuck in there when I wasn't watching - that'll teach me to chat to OH before clicking Submt 

But I have an excuse - I've been renewing my Virus Protection etc online -   I hadn't had enough coffee to do that without my brain hurting 


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 07:10

Good morning all   

Allotment Challenge a bit of a waste of time I think - not about growing at all, and not about personalities either - falls between two stools.   I taped the Nymans programme as I have the rest of the series - it's finding time to watch them that's the problem - I've only seen the Gt Dixter one and I'd happily watch that over and over again   I'm currently reading Christopher Lloyd's The Well Chosen Garden so they go together well 

Love your Camassias Woody - I've just planted a small clump in my new front border 

Wisteria not flowering why?

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 06:58

How frustrating!!!

Can you swap houses with your neighbour and get them to look after your wisteria for a while? 

Perhaps copying your neighbours with a bit of benign neglect/tough love etc.  

I'd continue to prune properly but withold any feed for the next two or three  or even four years - I know that's ages but it's only the twinkle of an eye in wisteria terms -  you still have very young plants.  

Let them think that their lives may be shortened and they need to reproduce - but if your garden soil is good it may take several seasons before they notice the lack of feed.

Good luck 

This year's lodgers

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 06:51

We have an SSSI very close to our home, consisting of woodland and disused chalk workings - it is home to at least 3 species of bats,  Daubenton's, Natterer's and Brown Long-eared.  

Our garden is on a direct line between their roost and the marshes where they go to feed on gnats etc in the evening - we spend lots of time outside in the dusk and watch them as they pass over.  One summer evening one bat was feeding in our garden as I lay on my back on the lawn, and as it swooped back and forth over me I could feel the air moving.  As you say Nut, what a privilege 

Wisteria not flowering why?

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 06:42

I would return to the nursery where you bought them and discuss it with them. 

Good luck. 

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