Garden Maniac

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Fruit and veg for the greenhouse

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 23:08

I stick to toms, cucumbers (seedlings obviously of all variteies) and the courgettes - I have done this for a few years now and always get a better yield than outside. Strawberrries and peas always do well outside (mind the slugs with the peas though), although I have cultivated all sorts in the GH, even garlic in pots / troughs, so don't rule anything out! Whenever I put peppers or chillies out in the GH they either get diseased or get severe aphid attack, so I tend to keep them inside / in the conservatory instead. At the moment I have marrows and cabbages happily thriving in there - enjoy what you plant when it happens - sometimes it can prolong or extend a planting season! 

Discoloured Cabbage plants

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 20:48

Hardening off is important - but stick with them - something may emerge yet!  It's happened to me, and there is the feeling of disappointment, but let them settle and all should be well, after a while.  

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 22:53

I've had more success with J Arthur Bowers than anything this year - all the 'specialists' have let me down, so I'm sticking with what I know.  (you live and learn !) The latest batches of it are more newly packed and hence less 'clumpy'.  I've found it works for me.  

Grape Vine Care

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 22:43

Thanks, steephill - I knew there must be a vine expert out there!  Some brilliant advice - when you look at websites, some of it is useful, some not, but what you say makes good sense even down to thinning the grapes, which I hadn't even thought of.   It is Sauvignon Blanc and I bought it at the end of last year. It is in the sunniest part of the garden with lots of shelter, and I've just put up a large trellis to accommodate it.  It stands about a metre tall (at the moment), and is in a pot approx 10 inch diameter, which makes it look top heavy, although it seems healthy enough. I hadn't even considered vine weevil either; I don't use chemicals at all in the garden, nematodes on order!  Thank you so much - I look forward to the grapes!

Weird spots - potatoes

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 10:35

I've had this problem before, a bit like scabs on the surface?  It hasn't affected the growth, or the eating, as long as you cut them off before cooking. I think it can be something to do with the lack of nutrients in the compost, however I've used fresh compost and still got it - as long as the plants are healthy, I wouldn't worry 

Grape Vine Care

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 10:18

I have a grape vine, 'Vitis Sauvignon' which I bought at the end of the season last year - it has had it's overwintering in the summerhouse, and now is looking very healthy in terms of new leaves and growth.  It looks like a plant grafted onto a rootstock. I've always wanted a vine, but know little about them, in terms of do's and don'ts.  My vine is potted, and I have moved it to a sunny sheltered location - i have put up a large trellis and I'm watching it grow - my question is, to those who have attempted this before - what type and how regular should you feed it, will it have grapes this year, and  when should you re-pot it, as it seems to be a bit top heavy? 

Old lilac plant question

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 20:44

I agree with nutcutlet - however given time mine have regenerated.  40 yr old plus lilacs can turn into beautiful trees - it's worth presevering with !


Posted: 13/05/2013 at 21:26

Organically, get a tortoise - brilliant eradicators of dandelion - in fact I used to grow / transplant potfuls to satisfy their cravings.  Sadly after 40 years I don't have them anymore (thanks to the vicious frosts of 3 years ago) - once again I have a dandelion problem!

No plum blossom

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 21:13

This year, similar to last, there has been some blossom - the wind and rain however have knocked it off the tree before the fruit has had time to set.  As a new tree 3 years ago, mine yielded several pounds of fruit (as did my neighbours' Victorias, established trees). This pattern again however, means that few fruit,if any, are likely to be produced this year.  When the conditions are right the tree will be bountiful!  Stick with it, it will be worth it in the end!

what is this thats killing all our hedge and what can i do

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 21:04

I think mile a minute - easy to cut back and contain if you are persistent!  Doesn't kill trees, just grows around them 

Discussions started by Garden Maniac

Grape Vine Problems...

My vine has no foliage or fruit this year...  
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Black eyed Susan

Is it hardy... 
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Grape Vine Care

Feeding and re-potting a Grape Vine 
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Seed raising problem

Small roots and plants from seed 
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Curly leaves on tomato plants...

Disease, cold or watering problem? 
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Torbay Palm

Can I move them? 
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