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T & M OFFER FOR MAY

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 09:18

Thanks for the update, Max. We may be away for a day or two so I will ask a neighbour to keep an eye out in case mine arrive in our absence.

Tomatoes And Herbs

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 09:49

Most herbs are not fussy about soil/compost, as they grow very well in the wild with no cossetting. Tomatoes wil be fine in multi-purpose, although they will need feeding eventually, especially if they're kept in pots, regardless of the compost you use.

broad beans

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 17:19

I've just pinched out the tops of some of mine. They are in full flower and the bottom flowers are just starting to wither. I did it now because I spotted the first blackfly on one of the plants. In the past I've done it like this and have had no problem with blackfly once they're pinched out. You can also eat the tops that you pinch out (assuming they're not covered in blackfly!), cooked lightly.

Talkback: Cleavers

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 10:30

A bit of research with the help pf Mr Google suggests that it's fine to put cleavers on the compost as long as you do it before it's set seed (around August).

T & M OFFER FOR MAY

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 18:18

I agree, it would be very helpful, as you don't want to have them left on the doorstep or in the shed for too long, if you happen to be away for a day or two. If you knew they were on the way you could make sure someone was looking out for them.

T & M OFFER FOR MAY

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 17:45

No sign of mine yet. I have just looked on their acknowledgement e-mail and they say "Dispatch Date by the end of May". So they shouldn't be long now.

Marketmore cucumbers

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 17:04

I think outdoor cucumbers are more likely to have tough skins and need peeling. I didn't find Marketmore very prolific, but then I'd expect this compared with growing them under glass.

They should only take a few days, maybe a week, to germinate (unless they are going to sulk and rot as some of mine did this year).

 

removing flowers from helebore

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 09:21

I think the time to remove the older foliage is in the late winter as the flowers begin to show. Then you can take off a few more leaves during the spring as new ones grow to replace them.

I only discovered hellebores by accident a few years ago when I got a neglected tray of them from Focus for next to nothing, and decided to try them out. They're now very well established and I really love them.

HELP !!!!!what about ground cover plants- does it work?

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 21:03

I agree about ivy, it's a bit of a thug. Vinca (periwinkle) will cover the ground but it will also cover just about everything else, so it's another one to be cautious about. Pulmonaria is pretty and spreads quite easily. Campanulas and aubretias might work. I never had much luck with ajuga but it's worth a try.

You're right about shrubs, many of them are very easy to manage and soon fill up the space, leaving little room for weeds. Evergreens such as photinia, euphorbias and hebes need little attention and give you colour all year round. You could also consider a creeping, spreading juniper towards the front of the bed.

removing flowers from helebore

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 20:45

I think it's generally recommended to remove the old flowers, unless you want them to set seed, in which case leave them as they are. Removing the old leaves is a good idea and can't do any harm. I have removed the old foliage on mine but left most of the flowers, as they're still quite attractive, but I'll cut them back soon.

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