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Posted: 04/01/2014 at 13:29

spottedray, I'm with Bob Flowerdew on the feeding aspect. Not necessarily in terms of improving flavour because there's no real scientific reason for it.

But, as I've suggested here many times, toms thrive on controlled neglect, particularly in production terms. The flowers, hence fruit, are the plant seeking to reproduce itself. A plant is more likely to seek to reproduce itself if it feels threatened. A plant stuffed with water and fertiliser doesn't feel threatened. Toms are unbelievably sturdy plants. The last thing they need is pampering.

lavender bush in pot - winter

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 09:18

My French Lavender seems to have its own ideas about hardiness too. It's in a bed. Gets baked in summer, buried under six inches of snow in winter, and comes back every year.

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Posted: 15/11/2013 at 14:31


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Posted: 15/11/2013 at 11:18

I was just notified of your response. Have you ticked the little box to the left of the Submit Reply button, beneath the Terms and Conditions link?

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Posted: 15/11/2013 at 09:54

Did you get a notification? I just got another one. Have they finally fixed the system?

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Posted: 15/11/2013 at 08:55

Ironically, I just received immediate notification of your response, Pete. The system is working. At the moment.

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Posted: 15/11/2013 at 08:28

Email notification has been a site issue for a long time. Sometimes the function works, sometimes not.

Asparagus ferns- shoud I cut them?

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 07:03

The ferns will turn brown as the weather gets colder. When they're brown, cut them down to just above ground level. I then add a good feed of pelleted chook poo and a decent layer of compost.

cath - yes, you can transplant your asparagus. I've managed it. Here's a good guide.

Star Jasmine with red leaves???

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 06:58

Lee, mine, in a pot, stays where it is over winter on the terrace. It copes with snow and all sorts of things. I just wrap the pot in layers of bubble wrap to protect the roots from freezing.

Parsnip problems

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 08:52

Couldn't agree more. Direct sowing is best. Bob's sowing idea is a good one, too. Parsnip seed can be flaky germinators at the best of times. They need all the help they can get. Covering the bed with something to warm up the soil can help, too.

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