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Kaitlin De Luca


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Grape vine where we're replacing a pagoda

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 15:12

Yep, in Manchester. I have no idea if it has fruited! Thank you, some useful advice. I will threaten that anyone who damages it gets no lunch!

Grape vine where we're replacing a pagoda

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 14:13

Hi,

I'm helping out on someone else's allotment (on 20 March) - we're clearing a space which currently has on it a very rickety pagoda-type structure, and replacing it with a larger and more substantial structure.

The thing is, there is a grape vine growing near one of the existing posts (which will be removed). It is tied to the existing roof, but isn't really wound round it/attached to it at all (nor to the post). We plan to put in a post next to it within the new structure, and tie the vine in to this internal post and then the roof.

I need to know how best I can protect the vine from damage during the removal and construction process, especially as there will a few guys helping out who are not gardeners and who I suspect won't be quite as careful as me!

I don't think it has been pruned particularly in recent years; it seems to be one long stem really, perhaps 4m long. I know it is not the right time of year to be pruning it, so I presume that cutting it back now would be pretty detrimental?!

Any advice?!

Veg to sow now

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 16:16

So I'm guessing it would be different varieties that 'will over-winter to produce an early crop next year'? And mine won't do that?

Thanks, MuddyFork, I'm going to put some in for a last harvest, as you say.

 

Veg to sow now

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 13:50

Maybe worth mentioning, I have no greenhouse, and I have a small garden in Manchester, where there is one single bed that gets sun! I tend to sow a few of each thing in a small row or dotted between other things in that bed.

Veg to sow now

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 13:48

The 'what to do now' section of the site says we can now sow, amongst others, spinach, swiss chard, beetroot and spring onions. I have some seeds for these, but all the packs say to sow from March to July or August.

Can anyone explain? Is this just a matter of there being different varieties to sow at different times of year (I have rainbow chard, beetroot boltardy, and spring onion white lisbon). Or is it perhaps that they can be sown now if under cover/in a greenhouse?

Chillies

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 13:46

Just found the seed packet - the chillies I've grown are Cayenne - and it says I should harvest Aug-Oct. Should have checked that first, eh?!

Chillies

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 13:42

Thanks for this; a really useful read. I'm growing chillies and tomatoes, and wasn't aware I should let them dry out a little. When should I expect my chillies to produce?

I've also got a bigger chilli plant, which I bought with a few chillies on it from a nursery last year - it keeps producing little buds but they never turn into chillies. Is it just too early? Or do they like it hot? It's on a windowsill where it gets a lot of sun during the day but probably gets quite cold too (a single-glazed window in Manchester!) Also, should I feed the chilli plant with tomato food once it gets going? (So many questions! Never grown chillies before)

Thanks, Kaitlin

daffodils and tulips

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 12:33

Thanks

When to re-pot Dicentra (bleeding heart)

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 12:32

Hi there.

I have a dicentra in a pot, which is currently in bloom. I read that they don't like their roots disturbed, but I'd like to re-pot mine as the compost it's in was very cheap and is really not very good (although it seems to be coping fine this year) and I think it could do with a slightly bigger pot. On the BBC site it says that if you want to divide the plant you should do so March-May. Mine doesn't need dividing, just re-potting. When would be the best time to do this?

Thanks, Kaitlin

daffodils and tulips

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 12:23

Hi. I cut the flowers from my daffodils to put in a vase (they were falling over in the wind anyway) - so the were not 'dead' heads. So long as I let the foliage die back, I assume they will be fine too?

Thanks, Kaitlin

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