Latest posts by jo17

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 ?

broad bean problem

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 19:17

Thanks guys....I think a lot of water is needed as everything is very dry and floppy.

I'll get to it now.... that's bound to ensure heavy rain for days !

broad bean problem

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 18:02

The flowers at the base of my broad bean plants set well. I thought I nipped the tops off before the blackfly got to work but all the remaining flowers ( and there were lots ) have turned black and shrivelled away. The foliage is healthy and theres very little sign of blackfly . Is this pest or weather related ?

sweet peas

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 11:41

Have now netted all my sweet peas which makes picking tricky and now rabbits have tunneled under my "rabbit -proof " fencing and have eaten all rocket and lettuce !The joys of gardening !


sweet peas

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 06:55

Ah ..Starlings . For the first time in ages we have a family that are hogging the bird table all the time with their fledglings. I bet it's them .

What were you able to do , if anything, to stop them ?

sweet peas

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 19:34

What's strange is that the long flower stems are completely unbent ,undamaged nor showing any signs of anything coming up the stem ....almost as if someone had walked past with a sharp pair of scissors ! I've been out and put down slug pellets. maybe I'll have to set up CCTV cameras !

sweet peas

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:57

Yes ... they are on a wigwam. About 4-5 ft high . No sign of slugs but I'll put some pellets down in case. I was wondering about mice or pidgeons.... what do you think ?

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