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Someone please help

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 19:08

This is a type of pumpkin that doesn't store well as soon as the temperature drops it will go mushy and cause an awful mess. Eat it as soon as you can...cut in chunks and roast in the oven or on a barbecue, delicious! If there is any cooked pumpkin left over you can make a very tasty soup, add cooked chestnuts and some pieces of apple, also a few chili flakes if you like 'heat', enjoy!

to plant or not to plant...

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 20:12

Hi fellow gardeners, is it too early/ late to plant shallot bulbs?

I have saved bulbs from the one's I harvested this year, they look healthy and are still firm. I live in North Yorks, we have had a couple of frosts and the weather does get below 0 degrees in winter,but is quite mild at the plant or not to plant that is the question...looking forward to your words of wisdom,many thanks.

Starting from Scratch - Shrubs Recommendations

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 16:20

Look out for reduced price shrubs which have already flowered, that way your budget will stretch further and next year you will have a lovely display. Plant asap and feed and water unless the plants are going into new top soil in which case feed is un-necessary. Before you plant, boost the original soil with as much horse/farmyard manure as you can get and double dig it in. When you have planted your shrubs make sure you mulch with composted bark or grass cuttings from your new lawn (leave to dry out for a few days before using) a 3inch mulch will help to keep water in and weed seeds out. There are some great no-nonsense gardening books...'Gardening in Pyjamas' is one to look out for.

Is this a Weed?

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 16:04

it is invasive so unless you like it get rid of it...i don't remember its name but it likes to grow on chalk, i had it in an east sussex garden and i left it thinking that it was 'free' ground cover, it does like shady places so is quite useful.

Should I cut down peony plants

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 15:57

Some gardeners leave the foliage so that they know where to put the good stuff i.e compost or granular feed, depends how awful it looks in your garden, if it is hidden by taller plants as in those perfect large mixed Herbaceous borders we see in Country House gardens, then leave it alone, but feed and weed!

pear midge

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 14:06

I saw a recipe for spraying with a mixture of oil, washing up liquid and water on an American gardening site. The person who used it said it worked!

Light cooking oil- Rapeseed? 5 tsp to a quart of water

Washing-up liquid 2tsp to a quart of water.

I have a bad infestation this Spring so will try this recipe.

The RHS suggest always spay at night when bees are inactive...even though this is a non-chemical solution.

Talkback: Pear leaf blister mite

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 13:54

Help please!!! My lovely Buerre Hardy pear tree has blister mite  ( Eriophyes pyri) I have searched for remedies, but every comment seems to suggest that I completely de-nude the tree which is drastic. Also this year the tree didn't produce any blossom. It usually flowers earlier than the apple tree, which is now in full blossom. Does anyone know what could have caused this?

An American gardening site suggested that I spray the infected leaves with a light cooking oil mixed with washing up liquid and water, does anyone know if this will help or do I have to dig up the tree and burn it, I am so desperate this is the second spring that it has become infected.

Garlic and red onion sets

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 14:01

Hello lovely green-fingered people....Have I left it too late to plant my winter garlic? What should I do to ensure that I can harvest large fat bulbs?...and if you don't mind me asking yet another question, is there still time to plant out red onion sets? I live in North Yorkshire and my allotment is on the outskirts of York.

Many thanks in anticipation,

Growing hyacinth in a glass vase help please

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 21:03

Indoor gardening sounds great Norm2, specially when the outside temperature is nearly freezing or it is too wet to be outside. I am trying to grow Hyacinths in glass jars too, because I found a couple under the sink, from long ago. Unfortunately mine have been on the kitchen windowsill from day one, so I am not sure if they will flower? The blue Hyacinth has a stronger root system than the white one, The perfume will be wonderful if they do manage to flower!

Talkback: Making hawthorn ketchup

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 20:27
This sounds great, I used to make 'Rowan-berry' jelly when I lived in Suffolk and in Sussex. The Rowan-berry is also high in anti-oxidants. Rose-hip Jelly is also delicious and very easy, same principle as making a fruit preserve/cheese. Mary Berry's recipes are useful for foragers.
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Garlic and red onion sets

can I plant them now? 
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