Dudley Horler

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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.


I can't even grow from seed!!!!!!!

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 22:34

Some good points in all the above, but have to agree totally with Percy-Grower.  Monty and Carol Klein both swear by the plastic bag method, and always make sure it's seed compost.  Keep them warm but not too hot and dry and always water from the bottom to make sure the seed is not disturbed or washed out of the compost completely.  Good luck, I'm sure you'l have success soon.

Carol Klein

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 23:17

Always does!  Carol is an inspiration to all aspiring gardeners

Cana Lillies -- to lift or not to lift

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 13:35

Thank you one and all. The overall consensus is to lift and store.  Now on to the next question:  When they have been lifted, when is the best time to divide them?  Mine appear to have set several new offshoots and I wonder if I can separate them from the main plant and bring them on as new ones?


Cana Lillies -- to lift or not to lift

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 10:03

I planted three new cana lillies this year in a newly designed hot bed.  They have grown really well, now about 1 metre tall and have all flowered well.  The bed is in a corner of the garden, south facing, with walls on two sides.  The soil is also very free draining.  My question is would it be best to lift and store them in the greenhouse, or cover with mulch and leave where they are?  The plants are surrounded by day lillies, dahlias, kaffir lillies, and many other plants which I intend to leave in situ and mulch.

A few random questions :)

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 17:13

amen to that!!



Posted: 12/07/2012 at 19:37

I grew Rocket this year and while they taste good, they are very pale in colour and leave you wondering a bit.  The best results I've had in previous years, especially on our allotment, was the Maris variety -- I believe it was Maris Peer but you should be able to get a good selection at most garden centres or nurseries.  Best bet is to ask your fellow allotmenteers, they are bound to have good advice to give, especially if they've been on the site for a few years.


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