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Posted: 15/04/2016 at 12:17

That's a good idea Sophie. I'll do that with my beans too. I didn't know they're perennial either. It's a question of juggling the space over winter. Is it worth it for earlier cropping? I have so many half-hardy plants that I spend the winter stepping over and round them, along with my regular houseplants. Maybe one plant would be ok and sow seeds for later crops. It's a species (Melothria scabra) so we could save seed.


Posted: 15/04/2016 at 10:03

Hi Sophie

I find 2 plants plenty for me, with some to spare. They keep for several weeks at the end ofthe season too. Here's a link to a video I just found. He grows them in the greenhouse but I grow them among the veg outside. 

I suspect they need good light but not necessarily all-day sun. As they naturally scramble through other plants they must be used to some shade.


They aren't melons or cucumbers, that's just a descriptive name for them.


Posted: 14/04/2016 at 21:17

Hi Sophie

I've grown cucamelons for several years and I love them. The're fine outside, but they do scramble around! I'm going to try then in a tall tub this year so they can hang down. I'll put a piece of net there for them to cling to. Hopefully, they'll take up less space. I found them very easy to grow and quite heavy cropping. By the way, those planters are amazing.

Hi Tootles

Cape gooseberries or Physalis peruviana. Easy to grow but the bushes tend to spawl a bit. They crop quite late but store well in their lanterns.

Rented House - Concrete garden

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 22:55

Hi Lansy

While you're waiting for the energy to remove concrete, why not try growing in pots? The larger the better, and you can grow more or less anything, including trees. (I have a lovely purple birch in a pot.) And you can take the pots with you if you move. Lots of veg will grow in pots too. My friend grows runner beans in a plastic trough that's about 20cm deep. The trick is to keep them well wateredbut not too soggy.

Improving Composting for the Elderly

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 10:43

Hi Pansy

I meant so it could sit on the ground and let the worms in, but on second thoughts, it does seem impossible to fill.

Improving Composting for the Elderly

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 13:31

Hi Ethan

What a good idea! I've just done the survey and put only 2 responses because the others aren't a problem for me. I'm not quite elderly - 68.

I see that filling and emptying the compost are together. But filling is usually a matter of taking the lid off and dumping in a bucketful or trugful, which isn't hard. Emptying can be hard because you're either trying to lift stuff out of the top at an awkward angle, and the spade/fork can't pick up much because of the length of the shaft in a narrow space, or you're bending and shovelling it out from the small door at the bottom. In theory you can lift the dalek off the compost, but I've never managed it.

My favourite would be a lidded and bottomless rectangular box with a removable front, say about 1.2m high and 1m wide, though maybe a variety of sizes to suit different requirements. Bigger would be great but not many people have room. Wood is nice but plastic is lighter and easier to move.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 00:39

A word of warning, folks - Provado is being withdrawn at the end of the year and so far there's nothing to replace it. It's probably illegal to suggest you stock up now, so I won't say it!

Can You Suggest a Front Garden Tree or Bush

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 00:30

Seeing that bamboo photo reminded me - bamboos would be fine in that position, give some lovely movement in the wind and be airy enough not to cut out light to the house. Any of the Fargesias would be good. They're graceful, evergreen, about the right height and, very important, they clump rather than spread. And they're completely hardy and ok with north-facing. Just make sure you don't go for Sasa or Pseudosasa, and be wary of Phyllostachis, some of which spread.


Posted: 13/11/2015 at 01:22

Any that don't die over winter can be hoed in a few minutes. Just spread the lovely stuff on the top and let the worms dig it in for you. It'll stop the soil compacting in heavy winter rain too. When weeds germinate next spring, it's a sign you can start sowing and planting. A quick hoe and you're ready to go! And Dave's right- your plants will love you for it.

buddleia stump

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 11:47

A Clematis would be nice, one of the less vigorous ones. So many to chose from.

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