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Dudley Horler

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Parsnip problems

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 17:19

Thanks everyone.  Seems the consensus is to sow in situ.  I thought they were going to be good this year as all the seed I planted germinated.  However, just goes to show how wrong one can be   Emma, I did water them when the weather required it, but we did have quite a good lot of rain early on in Somerset so don't see that as adding to the problem.  Old timer2: I haven't tried that way but I am thinking of using a raised bed next year that will be about 12 inches deep, plus very fine soil underneath that at least to the same depth.  Watch this space!


Parsnip problems

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 23:32

Earlier this year I grew my parsnip seed in a plug tray and dug a patch over in the garden, ready for when the plants were big enough to be planted out.  I made sure there was plenty of depth -- at least double spade depth.  The soil is also very light, so my parsnips should have grown straight down, yes?  NO!  Every single one has balled and I cannot understand why.  Could it be that the soil is too rich?  They have had plenty of water throughout the year and have grown into really healthy plants.  But not as they should be, more like cricket balls with tentacles.  Any suggestions as to why this has happened and how I can make sure it doesn't happen again?


Posted: 31/08/2013 at 09:50

Thanks to all.  I've seen blackspot before but this literally looks like the whole plant has been infected with something and gone completely discoloured.  We were  warned that roses don't do well here in Somerset before we planted them,  but decided we love roses enough to have a go.  However, I will attend to the plants and see what happens.


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 22:34

We bought and planted six David Austin Roses in February this year and planted them in our garden.  At first everything went well, with the plants growing and seemingly establishing.  However, the leaves on four of them have now turned blacky brown and the plants look awful.  We've fed and watered them regularly, and we enriched the ground before planting them.  We have good drainage and there is no root rock.  Any suggestions other than digging them out and burning them?


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 10:10

Interesting comments on the differing sizes of toms on individual trusses.  Yes, I used all T&M seeds this year and the sweet million are good, with several full trusses.  However, the larger toms -- I can't remember their name offhand -- have formed trusses, some with large toms interspersed with small ones on other trusses.  And the cucumbers -- exactly how mine have formed.  However, they all taste good, so really at the end of the day, nothing to complain about really

Salvia Caradonna

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 23:32

Thanks, now cut back


Salvia Caradonna

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 10:38

Can I cut back Salvia Caradonna at this time of the year?  It looks as if my plants are starting to throw up new flower spikes and I wondered if cutting back the old ones would be helpful

Beetroot Problems

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 15:05

the beetroot were planted in a tape, with the seeds already properly spaced hopefully!  I've been watering them every day as it's been hot and dry recently, and because they are planted in a raised bed filled with compost, so I watered them thinking that there would be a lack of water retention.  The leaves have grown but there is still very little to show belowground. I would add that before we moved to Somerset we lived in Reading, Berks and had no problems whatsoever with beetroot in our allotment soil.  Perhaps that's where I'm going wrong, by comparing the growth in one area to another?

Beetroot Problems

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 12:19

I live in South Somerset and for the past two seasons I've planted beetroot boltardy and each time the leaves have grown but the actual beet has failed to form.  It's the same this year and I'm now trying to grow them in raised beds filled with compost.  I water them every day if we don't get rain.  Any ideas?

Do my Blueberries need feeding?

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 09:36

I have two bushes in pots and two in the ground.  I usually give them a top dressing of sedge peat (which is not endangered) and also give them a drench with liquid seaweed feed. They grow well and give me a good crop, especially the ones in the pots.  I don't know whether regional conditions affect the plants but I live in Somerset and it's a tad cooler here than it is in the south of the country.


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