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is there anything i can plant now or should i just wait?

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 15:57

Yes, I plant sets because they are so reliable and grow really well without needing any looking after.  For the garlic, I plant ones with 'Wight' in the name because they are from the Isle of Wight and are suitable for our climate.

I plant red onion sets because red onions are more expensive to buy than white ones (so I kid myself that I am saving more overall). Also they are sweeter and I can use them in salads as well as stews.

Rhubarb in winter

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 15:45

Annyth - I hope to pick a few stalks of 'Livingstone' and 'Poultons Pride' next week and will let you know how each rhubarb tastes. We are getting loads of rain here in Dorset today so that should make them grow even faster.

is there anything i can plant now or should i just wait?

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 19:11

I do like to put in red onions and garlic now because you don't have to do anything to them except weed a bit in the spring. They are usually ready by July next year. ( I put some chicken pellets in the soil before planting.)


Posted: 15/09/2015 at 19:05

I went to an Orchid Show and the man there said you need to repot your orchids every year or so because the bark chippings disintegrate and get rather acid. He recommended using a mix of 1 part Perlite, 1 part charcoal and 5 parts orchid bark chippings.

 I do agree with Star Gaze Lily about not watering too much, maybe every 10 to 14 days and using rain water only. Also keep in an East or West facing window.

Rhubarb in winter

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 18:56

I have bought 2 new types of Rhubarb from D.Browns this year, which are supposed to crop in Autumn. One is called 'Livingstone' and one is called 'Poulton's Pride'. They have come on really strongly this month (September) and I am waiting to see what they taste like.

(My 'Champagne' has been delicious this year. It has beautiful thin red stalks but is now coming to an end.)

Pitcher plant in winter

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 18:42

Thanks everyone for all this information. I will look at buying the Catesbaei Flava x Purpurea that Keen recommends as I would like a red flowering one.

I come from Dorset, near the coast and as it is fairly warm here in the winter,  I think I will be able to leave the Sarracenias outside.

Monty Don once said that he had bought some Pitcher Plants and was going to keep them in his greenhouse, so I hoped he would give some guidance on growing them but he has never mentioned them again to my knowledge.

Blight resistant, tasty potato wanted

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 21:16

Thanks everyone. I will try Charlotte and Nadine and maybe Cara too.

Just got to finish eating those tasteless Rocket potatoes now!


Pitcher plant in winter

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 19:48

Lovely photos, Keen. Makes my plants look rather weedy! I like the red stripe down the pitcher. Do you know the name of this one?

My flowers have all been greenish or yellowish - your red one is very attractive. Is it from the red stripe plant or is it a different sort?

Pitcher plant in winter

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 14:44

Alan, how can you tell if they have outgrown their pot? I can't see any roots coming out of the bottom of the pot. Some of them have about 10 tubes of different sizes.

Blight resistant, tasty potato wanted

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 14:38

Thank you everyone. I did try Sarpo but they fell to pieces very quickly when I boiled them in the pan, so I didn't get them again.  I will look up the ones Barry has recommended. I wonder if everyone finds 'Rocket' tasteless or is it just me?

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