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Autumn Cauli's

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 20:50

Have been harvesting Aut cauli's Pavilion for a couple of weeks now!

When they are planted out in July time, usually I lose most to cabbage root fly with a few days, even though I use collars which are supposed to help!

This year I made my own from left over vinyl floor covering, six inches square and they have worked wonders, I did not lose a single plant out of the 24 I planted!

They are very sweet, not like the "rusty nail" taste which is often the case of bought ones!

Anyway the neighbours are happy!

Gardeners world

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 21:42



"I know nothing about hemp!

Is it a grass?

Grear British Bake Off judge  Mary Berry.

organic starting soil

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 00:05

Leafmould ?

What planet do these people live on?

The only way to get it is if you were to own a forest or else are Monty Don!

I have never seen leafmould or seen it for sale!

Gardeners world

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 20:13


I hope Verdun "YOU" are not smoking grass, or else we might be visiting you in the local nick!


Gardeners world

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 22:46


GQT, a few years ago they recorded a session at our club,we had to be there early, ask questions clearly, no west country accents and definately no clapping, then at the end they went over some questions etc a second time!

Being there it was definately off putting and not very exciting!

When I heard the actual broadcast, well it was marvellous, nothing like what I had sat through and very enjoyable!

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 20:51


Was doing stewarding at our Garden show on Sat, so had lots of time to chat to the exhibitors "AND" pick their brains.

It was actually the worst supported show ever produce wise according to those who have been there for a long time, terrible growing season for the exhibitors!

I mentioned Wild Swan and one of them said he had bought from T&M last year, terrible plug plants was sent, they died almost immediately, T&M said they would replace them this year,they then informed him it would be the end of Sept before they would be sent out, he was still waiting on Sat!

Another one said he had bought 5 giant plugs from Hayloft, when they arrived, three were only stems with no roots pushed into sodden compost, the other 2 were more dead than alive with brown dead roots!

He informed Hayloft and they immediately replaced them, but the second lot were no better, no living roots on any of the plugs!

He has potted them up but at the moment none appears to be trying to grow according to him, he has taken some from their plugs to check, no roots etc, just mush!

The first one said he thought there must be some thing wrong with them as his pal had the same problem!

If this is serious growers and exhibitors thoughts,  what chance have other less experienced gardeners got if they cannot get them to grow first time?

T&M and now Hayloft, it must cost them a fortune in replacing plants that should never have been sent out in the first place!


Gardeners world

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 23:26


I'm afraid it's down to the lowest common denominator, when last did anyone on the programme do anything original or difficult!

No new or different flowers or veggies to whet my appitite!

And as for the dog,well !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Neighbour has sprayed pesticide on my vegetable patch

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 10:51

Commercial products are many times stronger than the useless coloured water we have to pay a fortune for.

The stuff farmers and the likes of Greenfingers have access to,work properly and dissappear quickly when they come in contact with the soil!

The easiest way to dispel any worries you have is to scatter some seeds like radish or mustard over the soil and if all is ok you should see them germinate very quickly.

Anyway, good luck!


Posted: 08/09/2013 at 21:53


Just be thankful you are not a hedgehog, other small mammal or ground nesting bird, they eat anything that moves or doesn't.

Do not know what is more destructive in an allotment, deer or badgers, we have had both on ours!

Anemone wild swan

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:50


Crocus, ordered 9 Echiacea  plants from them this spring, they were not cheap, total rubbish, in sodden wet compost, all failed to grow, they didn't want to know, got most of my money back, less carriage, gave up in the end, but never again from them!

Up to a couple of years ago I used to get wonderful plants no matter who I ordered from, now I dread opening the packaging when I have plants delivered as they are usually rubbish, with one exception, Jersey Plants Direct, they are usually excellent!

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Autumn Cauli's

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Grafted Tomato Plants!

Are they worth the cost? 
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