Latest posts by lindsay2610

growing brassicas

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 11:02

I believe they do like a firm soil, but last year I grew purple sprouting broccoli successfully in grow bags, which are definitely not that firm. 

I don't believe they need the whole bed to be compacted.  Would you be willing to place a foot around the base of the plant just to firm it there?

I'm growing red cabbage in a raised bed similar to yours and just firmed it around the base of the plant, and they're looking lovely!

Something for the weekend.......enjoying gardens and flowers.

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 10:54

Thrumpton Flower & Garden Festival on 29th & 30th June in Nottinghamshire (NG11 0AW for your Sat Nav). 1pm - 5pm. £3 entry, U16s are free.

On the Saturday there will be stalls and children's maypole dancing.  Tea and cake, plus bar on both days (and believe me when I tell you the local village ladies' cake is amazing!)

I'm opening my garden for the first time ever, and am working my bottom off trying to get it ready .  Some of the gardens opened for the NGS until last year, and one of those will be selling plants that she expertly propagates herself.  All proceeds go to the upkeep of the beautiful village church.

Soap spray

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 10:32

Like everyone it seems, I'm overwhelmed by greenfly and whitefly.  I tend to only use soap spray (made with washing up liquid) on the roses, as I like to leave the rest for the birds/insects.  However I'm now getting overwhelmed with them, particularly in the greenhouse.

Is there anything that won't stand up to a spray with the soap?  They're mostly on my tomatoes, lemon tree and's these I would like to spray.

Thanks in advance!

How would you describe your garden?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 10:01

Our garden is 30 ft long, but 100ft wide (due to the shape of our house) so everything is visible from the house.  It's a family garden where we all work and play, but it's really my passion. I'm trying to create a potager feel with some raised beds, lots of climbers and herbaceous perennials. Lots of bird boxes, feeders and I have plans for an insect house too.

My pride and joy though is my western red cedar greenhouse - if I was allowed to, I'd probably just move in!

Waste of time & effort ?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 09:48

Sweet potatoes, they took a huge amount of room in my greenhouse for almost no return   I don't think I watered them enough - but looking back the pot was never going to be large enough for a bumper crop!

Help my clem is dying!

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 09:24

Looking at the flower in the bottom of the pot, it looks like maybe a Julia Correvon, which is a Viticella Clematis.  These are very resistant to clematis wilt, plus wilt tends to turn the leaves black/brown more gradually than it sounds in your case. It could be another variety altogether of course!

As Wintersong says, get some pebbles in the pot to shade the root ball, and as it needs some extra tlc, I might be tempted to get some extra protection around the pot too, maybe lean something against the pot on each side to give the roots some extra shade.

I think it may have been the original shady spot which was the culprit here.  If it's okay at the top and flowering, I would leave it.  Make sure you cut it down to 6-8 inches in February time to get a good display next year.


Any idea what's happening to my hebe?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 21:28

Thanks all, I do love hebes, although I can't exactly explain why.  I will try moving it Fairygirl, unfortunately almost all my border is east facing, so south facing space is at a premium. 

Thanks or the advice!

Any idea what's happening to my hebe?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 12:39

Thanks nutcutlet, I'm finding it impossible to get a good photo .  I don't use chemicals, so I'm guessing it's some frost damage.  I'll cut it out and see what happens!


Help my clem is dying!

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 22:12

Hi Nina, what kind of clematis is it? Do you know the variety?  This will help advise what to do.  Generally, clematis like their roots in the shade and flowers in the sun.  Also some pictures would help if you can?

A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 13:36

Campanula Elizabeth, it's taking over...

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