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Strawberry plants

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 19:45

My strawberry plants are in pots and a trough standing on bricks in a tier - 3 tier deep.  I only have small garden so they are clustered together under an open metal arch.  This afternoon I was separating the runners from where I had planted them into pots and was shocked to find flowers and 3 very small strawberries growing.  Is anyone else finding strawberries on 9 October?  The strain is Cambridge and one other but can't remember the name.  I have a live in frog amongst them which has stopped me from any other work.  I think I'll cover the whole block  with bubble wrap to see what happens.

Too late to grow anything in veg patch?

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 19:42

Advice please.  I have a 1 metre veg plot and a very large tub.  For the last three years I have grown broad beans in the veg plot and through the winter, cabbage. In the big tub has been runner beans (poor growth this year - used white lady).  I believe I can't grow the same veg now in both beds, so what I can grow?  I realise that I could replace all the soil but can't afford that.  Any suggestions would be welcome.  My husband likes broad beans so I'm going to start them off this winter in my new glass greenhouse and will plant them in flower borders next year.

Problem with Bergenia

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 10:44

Please could someone advise me as to why my Bergenias which normally have flowered on a stem, this year the flower buds are flowering in the base without a stem.  Unless you stand over them you don't see the flowers, which admittedly are crunched up.   I can't find a reason why, anyone know?

Prunus Amanogawa

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 13:49

I have a small garden and planted one yesterday in the border.  It stands 5'6" and I chose this one because it is columnar.  I thought I would try pruning to keep it at 7'.  I don't know if it will work, but as my byline is, I've every-hopeful!

little black bugs smothering many of my plants

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 20:50

Hi addict.  If you have catchup on your TV check out Monday 8/7 Channel 4 at 8.30, a programme called Food

little black bugs smothering many of my plants

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 21:28

My runner beans and broad beans are infested with black fly, squashing them has reduced the flowers, blasting them with water has probably knocked them onto other plants.  Blasting the woolly aphid on the apple tree doesn't seem to work either or they are wearing strong waterproofs! Although I have bees, the other predators don't seem to be around.  I have thought of spraying them but don't want to eat chemicals and after seeing the programme the other night about how coffee is decafinated, am seriously thinking about going back to drinking normal coffee.

What is this?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 11:39

Current height is 26" above the surface of the pot.  I've nipped out the growing tip 4 times but it's still growing.  Attached are two photo's of the mother plant.  The 'pea pod' showing contained 5 seeds which I have planted.  One has produced this 'triffid' but what is it - anyone any ideas?



Support for Blackcurrant Bushes

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 21:00

I chuckled when I read that the black current bushes were heavy with fruit.   Mine is planted in a plant pot, bought last year as a failure at the end of the season, now heavy with leaves and I am  very proud of the 17 currents which appear to be growing!

Gardeners World Live tomorrow

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 22:10

I was really disappointed at the live show this year.  This was the 4th year I've been and went on Wednesday.  The RHS Marquee did not have the volume of exhibitors as in previous years nor did the main hall.  The displays were beautiful. The plant sale area outside was different but even counting the number of providers selling plants, there was still a short fall.  I did wonder if it was due to the poor weather but Chelsea had many exhibitors. Discussing with a stall holder I gather the cost to exhibitors has become expensive, which is a real pity because it has been a very difficult few months for growers and they need all the support they can get.  Based on this year's evidence, I don't know if I will go again.

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Strawberry plants

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Problem with Bergenia

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What is this?

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