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Posted: 27/04/2012 at 15:18

And mine grew well in slightly acid clay in a dampish border.


Posted: 26/04/2012 at 20:03

Chickey, I stocked up at Aldi today too, they are good big labels aren't they? It won't be overkill, by the way, labels disappear like odd socks!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 19:58

Wintersong - had blackbirds in the ivy on the wall opposite my kitchen window a few years ago - lovely to watch - until one of the nestlings fell into the 'water feature' below- have felt guilty ever since Weather here in Chester persistent to say the least, which is why I'm on here instead of out there.

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 19:50

Chester (Cheshire) often  favourable weather-wise as we seem to miss the worst of north and south systems, not this week though

Keeping cosmos short

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 22:57

Hi Jovia,

I've grown Cosmos in big pots before, by pinching out the tips you will get good bushy plants but they will still be quite tall and may need support. They can look quite spectacular though

Talkback: Pea and bean weevils

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 22:55
My broad beans have been nibbled severely for at least the last three weeks, so much for 'the adults emerge in June and July'! They have destroyed the growing tips of several plants and they are not going to survive even though they were good strong specimens to begin with. Have I done something wrong or am I just unlucky?

Tulipa 'Spring Green'

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 22:34

I've got 'Spring Green' Ali, and there's no pink on them at all, almost wish there was, I'm afraid I've got a bit bored with them! Mind you, there are only a few in a small bed, probably look a lot better en masse.

New site - is it easy to use?

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 00:01

Dear Shrinking Violet,

not absolutely sure as new to forum - but think the chillies refer to 'hot threads'


Posted: 20/04/2012 at 23:55

Hoeing is great if you have plenty of space between rows/plants but this year, because I have downsized from a full size to half size allotment plot, I am planting in blocks and staggered rows to maximise yields. This means fiddly hand weeding or planting through some sort of membrane. Newspaper seems like an economical option and I think I'll be giving it a try. I've already planted broad beans, strawberries and fruit bushes through black permeable weed control fabric.

spring onions

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 23:37

Same goes for me, think I've only ever had one reasonable crop, so long ago that I can't remember what type. The ones I've got in at the moment look hopeful (White Lisbon) I've got them in a fleece tunnel but they are being rather slow. However I have already had some radishes. I'm in Chester, weather was v.warm through March but is now cold and wet and frustrating!

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