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garden help

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 19:02

In many areas there are established local schemes of this sort. Try googling "garden share" with some local place-names and you may well find what you want.

Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 18:57

I think the very best flavour is usually to be found in the cordon varieties, e.g. Gardeners' s Delight and my favourite, Sungold. But the bush varieties are less trouble and often give a heavier crop, and they're still pretty good. I grow some of each - this year it's Sungold and Losetto.

When to lift and how to store garlic and shallots

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 16:58

If they have already dried off, you might as well lift and store them now. Last week's GW shows Monty lifting his shallots and garlic, if you can catch it on iPlayer.

Split tomato vine

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 16:33

You may find you can rig up some sort of splint to strengthen the joint. Tomato plants are quite resilient and can respond well to this sort of first aid. 

 

Picking tomatoes

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 18:35

Once it starts to colour up and go yellow or orange, you can pick it and ripen it indoors if you like, but if it's green, it will probably just stay green.

Friend or Foe

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 10:49

I think it may be Cyperus Alternifolius (umbrella plant). It has appeared in my garden too - just one clump at firtst, which I didn't knowingly introduce. But this year I've noticed it starting to spread, with seedlings appearing here and there. 

I rather like it - it looks impressive in flower arrangements or just by itself, a few stalks in a vase. But I think it has big ambitions and I intend to keep an eye on it.

 

Salix Problem

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 16:29

They are probably the Great Willow Aphid, a particularly fat and ugly beast. I had them on a Kilmarnock willow a couple of years ago, and didn't notice them until the tree was full of wasps, which feed on aphids. I have to admit I sprayed the tree as it was getting to be a bit of a problem. Now that you've mentioned this I must go out and check my tree!

Carrots, hard in centre?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 10:23

I think Autumn King may improve if you leave them a bit longer, but Nantes should be ok now.

Potato blight?

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 17:22

Winniecat, I'm also in the south-west and my Charlottes have bad blight. The tops have mostly died off, but the potatoes are fine. Charlotte tubers don't seem to be affected by blight, although they won't grow any more now. I try to remove the blighted tops to stop it spreading to my tomgatoes (OK so far....) but I'm leaving the spuds in the ground until I need them.

Advice on growing indoors herbs

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 22:53

With basil and chives, you can let them grow quite thickly, although 40 to a pot is rather a lot unless it's the Greek basil.

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