Excitable Boy

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May In Your Garden

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 16:27

Quick question people:

First time I have grown chili peppers. Plants are about 3 to 4 inches with 6 leaves. Do I pinch out or not - they are beginning to look straggly?


Posted: 09/05/2012 at 09:38

Snorer, don't take more than two runners off any individual plant as you will weaken it and the runners won't be as good either (just snip off any extra ones). In general you should replace/renew your strawberry plants at least every three years using this method, although over time diseases may build up, so occasionally you have to buy anew.

If you fill 3 inch plastic pots with a soil/compost mix you can peg the runners straight into this which makes moving them much easier for both you and the plant.

You may be best to snip off any runners until after your harvest as you will get more/larger strawberries that way. The flip side of this, of course, is that your runners won't be as well developed so you will get a smaller crop from them next year. Depends what you want, really - jam today or jam tomorrow.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 09:31

I know I 'm going on about this but my wife liked the look of their bedding ("dwarf") dahlias. A snip at £3.99 each!! Even worse is the fact that they were in flower, so anyone taking them home and planting them straight out would have dead or dying plants within the week. A packet of 60 seeds costs, what, £2 - £3? And again, dead easy to grow.

You can probably tell I don't go to Garden Centres much!!

We've been given some tickets for Malvern on Saturday - I may have a stroke!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 22:38

We went down to our local Wyevale garden centre yesterday (yes, it was raining heavily again). (This is the one in Thornbury which got into trouble a few years ago for killing robins.)

BH and I are both absolutely staggered at the price of some of the perennials. £7.99 for small hostas!! £6.99 for small geraniums!! Kicking myself as I've been throwing better plants away! I cannot understand how they can justify these prices. Nor can I understand who pays them - these are very simple plants to propagate.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 22:31
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Has the cricket season started?

No... they prefer moths and flying insects, lol.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 21:14

Just come in coz it's threatening rain BUT I saw the first bat of the year in the garden. Only one, but it must be getting warmer!

is it too late for this year

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 22:45

Flowergirl, I was in our local garden centre today and they were selling off bags of onion sets, potatoes etc. Given how cold and wet it's been you'd still be fine planting these - OK, so your onions may be slightly smaller or ready in September rather than August, but so what? I saw some bags of mixed onion sets - really good idea!

Still plenty of time for purple sprouting broccoli (but be quick!), cabbage, sweetcorn, peas, mangetout, spinach, chard, leeks, carrots, beetroot, turnips and swede as well as summer salad crops.Plus lots of others, no doubt.

To be honest I'd just plant anything you think you can use - seeds are so cheap you will almost always get your money's worth! Do not be too bothered about sticking to the rules - there aren't any really!!

Just reread your post. For winter veg go for leeks, psb, swede and spinach if you have room. Personally I would never omit psb - even our kids will eat it.


Potato planting

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 20:44

Hi Tim, they'll be fine, just a week or two later.

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 12:55
Shrinking Violet wrote (see)

Crumbs!  That is a lot of compost - your garden must be huge - or perhaps you have an allotment?  But it has given me a thought:  too late perhaps for this year, but maybe the local Allotment Society might take a large delivery - I can but ask!

It's quite a big garden - about 100ft by 90ft but I'm making big changes, digging up lawn, building raised beds, putting in paths etc. It had been a bit neglected for a few years and desperately needed some organic material digging in to break up the soil a bit.

It's more than I needed, but it'll spread round the neighbours and still give me plenty left. They dumped it in front of my garage (nowhere else for it really) and I have to admit it took a bit of shifting, lol.

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 11:33

If you need a LOT of compost it is well worth giving your local council a call. I bought some from ours (S Glos) in February. I wanted 5 tons (their minimum delivered) but as their riddle machine wasn't working they gave me 8 tons for the same price - £50 delivered!!

I think you can collect smaller amounts free but tbh at that price it isn't worth it.

A little bit on the twiggy side (as it hadn't been riddled) and the odd small piece of plastic or glass, but on the whole seems weed free and better quality than the bagged stuff. I'm just recomposting some of the twiggier bits with some chicken manure from a local farmer, so no problem. Just a bit of a large pile, but I'm sure it'll get used!!

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