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Over large black currant bushes

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 14:32

i know not to prune my black currant bushes till winter but can I cut them back by 30-50% now as they are flopping around all over the place or should I tie them in and wait till January ?

Wisteria graft failure

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 08:50

My 6 year old wisteria has suffered graft failure. New shoots are appearing from below the graft . Can I train these in  ? They are vigorous and look healthy . Will the plant be substantially different ?

Lychnis and lavender plantlets

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 13:20

My greenhouse has soil beds where I grow tomatoes, cucumbers etc so they burrow down from outside , pop up , have quick feed and push off when full. During the winter months I'm the equivalent of McDonalds !

Lychnis and lavender plantlets

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 12:59 only problem there is the mice who tend to enjoy anything overwintering in  the greenhouse. 

I hate having to use traps but after losing all my sweet peas and broad beans last winter I did resort to them in the end....that and wire cages round all the plants . A lot of work.

Lychnis and lavender plantlets

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 12:35

Thanks for that.My gut feeling was to do a mixture of all the options ....just in case !

you have given me the confidence to stop faffing around and get on with it !

Lychnis and lavender plantlets

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 11:04

I took seeds from my magenta coloured lychnis this summer and now have lots of healthy plants 3 inches tall....also lavender cuttings which have taken well.They have been in my glass roofed shed . Can I plant them out now , put them in the unheated greenhouse or leave them where they are till Spring ? I am in Southern England.

Soldaki tomatoes

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 18:12

3years ago I asked gardeners world online members advice on the best , tastiest heritage varieties of tomatoes in their opinion. It it started quite a thread with a lot of people coming up with their favourites.

italophile very kindly sent me some seeds of an old tomato called Soldaki.

i nurtured my seedlings the following Spring and had a few fruit which were delicious. Then a bad year followed. I thought I'd failed Italophile. This season has been better and I've been able to pass seeds on to family and friends who are as obsessive as I am on flavourful tomatoes.

so , if you are out there Italophile....thank you. They are much enjoyed by an increasing number of people thanks to you.


New planting

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 21:00

Thanks for the reassuring advice.

I clearly have busy weekend ahead of me !

will move the grasses but leave off dividing till early spring.

Thanks again

New planting

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 19:41

My concern is that although we've had a cool wet summer so far will the plants be stressed being moved whilst still in the growing season. Some of the grasses need dividing, the Rheum is still flourishing and the sedums might be better left till they've finished flowering. What do you think .

New planting

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 19:23

i need to plant up a new area where we have a new bed that has been created I have plenty of shrubs , grasses and perennials I can move from other areas to fill the space . my gut feeling is that I should wait another month or so before doing this . Any thoughts ?

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Over large black currant bushes

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