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Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:20
Hi all, I haven't grew garlic until this now so don't really know when to lift. I've read you can lift June/July but when is it too early. The thing is mine has showed some signs of leaf yellowing but nothing major, however I have come out today to find the majority are flat to the ground. My wife said it would be a cat has sat on it haha! Would have to be a very big cat! You can see on some plantings that there are some good sized bulbs poking through. Is anyone else thinking of lifting now, I know this season seems to be a bit ahead of itself, even my autumn rasps are in flower!

Any apples yet?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 19:07

mine are doing great up in the north east. My Redlove Era apple has approx 92 fruits swelling (to be thinned) and my cox orange pippin is also doing great all around 2cm across now


Posted: 13/05/2014 at 22:37
Hi all, I've got some cracking courgette an marrow plants growing and are now in cold frames. When would people say it's safe to plant outside in the beds? This winter/spring has got me puzzled! (I'm up north btw)


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 09:39

its true about the garlic yes. Garlic is a natural pesticide and can also be used to treat aphid infestations by infusing it into water (steep crushed cloves in hot water). Spray the solution (now cold) on areas of infestation.

damn things!

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:38

The wool pellets are very good and harmless to pets try those. The other more expensive but highly effective control is using nematodes just water them in over the ground and it will sort the problem. However to be fully effective you need to treat the area every 6-12wks throughout the season

Carrots not germinating

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:31

My carrots have been a bit of a miss up to now. Not for lack of germination but on closer inspection they had been continuously mown of seedling leaves and left as stalks even before emerging through the soil surface. Pesky slugs have been munching undercover. 

What to plant in the greenhouse?

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 14:15

generally over winter you can grow a variety of winter salad leaves, also some carrots but they wont be ready till early spring. You can also grow pak choi if you transplant some late sowings under cover in autumn. 


Posted: 30/03/2014 at 16:31


I started growing some Celeriac from seed last year and they grew ok through the season but come autumn they were no bigger than a golf ball. 

I left some over winter in the ground and they still look really healthy plants and are throwing out more leaves. 

My question is, can I leave these plants in the ground and carry on growing them this season, or will they become woody?

morello cherry tree

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:48


From looking at your picture you have some nice buds along the full length of the branches. Mine however are confined to the tips and bare the rest of the length. Thinking pruning will be required this year and hope new shoots will emerge


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 19:15

Hi I'm hoping someone on here is a bit of a wizard when it comes to growing pumpkins.

I tried growing to varieties last year and although they grew an amazing set of leaves, every time I thought a female flower had set it expanded for a week then stopped and rotted off. I even tried artificial pollination too but again the same results, much to the disappointment of the children 

An ideas how to successfully solve this problem. Incidently I grew some marrows too I managed to harvest one decent marrow but the rest failed like the pumpkins. 

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