Latest posts by Ivyhouse

Ribes gordonianum

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 00:18

Hi all. I have the above and it's getting a bit leggy. Is it ok to prune it now or should I wait until it's dormant in the Winter? There seems to be very little information out there .

Many thanks in anticipation.

Peat free compost

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 01:00

Wow, so much information. Thanks everyone. It's clear I'm going to have to do something. I'll have a look for the brands mentioned tomorrow and dump the rest of my batch as a mulch round the gooseberries.

Chrysanth cuttings

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 00:55

Thanks all.

Parsnip failure

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 00:54

Thanks for the replies folks. I'll sow another batch tomorrow.

Chrysanth cuttings

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 23:03

The GW website encourages planting out chrysanths this weekend but my cuttings, in an unheated greenhouse, have barely started to root. They're about 3 inches tall and I was planning to pinch out the tips tomorrow. Should I really be putting them out now ? Should I start hardening them off ?

Peat free compost

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 22:47

I bought 2 large bags of peat free compost from my local DIY chain, the one that offers Diamond Discount on a Wednesday, and it's awful. I potted on pumpkins, courgettes and cucumbers last weekend in the greenhouse. I watered each morning before work but by the time I got home in the evening, and it's not been that warm, the stuff has dried out to a solid mass. 

I'm thinking of mixing it 50/50 with a growbag but does anybody have an alternative solution please ?

Parsnip failure

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 22:35

Everyone of my seemingly healthy parsnip seedlings have been eaten, either by slugs or snails. Is it too late to start again or shall I just re-use the bed for something else ?

Thanks in anticipation.

Potatoes at Christmas

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 19:54

Thanks Runnybeak. I'll put half a dozen in the garage and give it a go. The parsnips and sprouts are in and the carrots will be following in a couple of weeks.


Potatoes at Christmas

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 22:14

I remember reading somewhere that it is possible to save some seed potatoes for planting later and getting a crop ready for Christmas. I've just bought a big bag of loose Anya ( two quids from Wilko) and wondered if anyone knows the technique. I have them all chitting in a cool conservatory at the moment.

Many thanks.


Posted: 23/02/2015 at 22:12

That's odd Bob. They look to be 90% inedible to be honest. I like a nice chunky parsnip ideal for cutting into fingers and roasting. Thanks for the advice above. I'll try to get some in this weekend.


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Pinching out chrysanths

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Ants in the greenhouse

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Parsnip failure

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