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Dudley Horler

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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.


A few random questions :)

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 19:33

Don't know which part of the country you are situated in Loz, but here in Somerset it's very wet and not particularly warm.  My beans and peas, which were planted end of March, took ages to get going, but they have produced some good tasty crops and the ones planted in succession in the following weeks are now nearing fruition.  As for the raspberries, again planted mine end of March/beginning April and they have produced very few berries, but I suspect that I will get some before the season is out. 

As for potatoes, very late due to the weather but as for digging I think Phyographer has it spot on.   Good luck

New garden, new area, growing problems

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 09:16

Many thanks Bob, very informative.  I think the best thing to do is to re-test various areas of the garden and then take action, probably with sulphur.  I particularly want to change the Ph of the vegetable area.


New garden, new area, growing problems

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 23:11

No, there is no distortion in the leaves of any plants.  For instance, the peas, which have grown pods but have no peas within them.  The best-growing plants, if I can put it that way, are the cabbages and cauliflower, which are showing good signs of coming to fruition.  I am loathe to check my main crop of spuds at this point for fear that they are heading the same way as the first earlies.  I am baffled;  I have tested the soil and believe it to be very alkaline, so could that have any bearing on this issue?

New garden, new area, growing problems

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 14:17

My wife and I have recently moved to South Somerset.  We have planted various veg plants, but have come up against problems.  For instance, with potatoes, the plants have grown on top, even flowering first early spuds, but there are no tubers setting.  Similarly, beetroot is showing leaf growth, but nothing underground.  Our soil is dark and alkaline, very crumbly.  We have dug in lots of composted horse manure since buying our home and weeded heavily.  We have lots of experience in growing veg, having had allotments in the past in our former Berkshire home.  Any help would be very much appreciated.

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