Dudley Horler

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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.


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.


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