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Late Bulb Planting

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 14:34

Thank you very much.  Will pop them in the ground somewhere and hope for blooms next year.  I might try putting them in some spare pots too.

Late Bulb Planting

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 15:18


I have been given a load of bulbs (tulips, daffodils and crocus)  that should have been planted in autumn or early winter last year.  Is it too late now to plant them somewhere?  They don't appear to be dried out and have green shoots emerging from the tops of them which suggests they must have some life left in them. 

Any advice on what to do with them would be welcome

Many thanks


programmes to watch

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 18:34

Esio Trot a Roald Dahl story tomorrow BBC2 at 6.30pm  with superb performances by Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman.  An absolutely glorious film


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 21:20

Yes I agree.  I have admired them for years.

Re shade - Isn't it best to put them somewhere in winter where they won't be attacked by frost?  


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 20:50

Thank you very much, Verdun and Fairygirl. 

Yes I think the snails have been having a bit of a nibble on mine which I left in shade over winter and have only just brought out into sunlight. Poor thing! But hopefully it will pick up if I give it a mild dose of tomato food and a bit of a trim.

A new pot next spring might help too but will see how it goes.

Thanks again


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 20:21

Hello Everyone

This year i have been unable to spend much time in the garden, and as you can imagine what with the weather we have been having and they way things have grown everywhere,  I have had a lot of catching up to do - mainly hacking back so far I'm afraid.

I have been tending my various potted plants outside and giving them a dose of fertiliser to pick them up. Last year I bought a phormium for the first time and planted it in a pot.  I was wondering if I need to add any special food to it to help it along.

Also any other helpful hints about them would be useful.

Many thanks

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 21:00

We are eating delicious allotment grown brocolli now.  Have been for the last fortnight or so.  Nothing quite like it. Such a beautiful colour and delicate taste and only takes about 5 minutes to cook.  Really recommend it. Need to  plant some autumn varieties to see us through a longer harvest period. Yum!


Posted: 06/11/2014 at 20:41

Thanks everyone.  Have put some on compost heap and will keep some to put around my blackcurrants in the garden. Redcurrants and raspberries can have some another time. So nice to be able to use throw-away stuff to benefit further growing!  


Posted: 31/10/2014 at 21:07

Thanks folks.

What about red currants? Will be planting out  them and raspberries in my now-organised allotment in the next couple of weeks.  


Posted: 30/10/2014 at 22:53

  My allotment neighbour has old dried and dead  brambles as well as young stuff that keep growing over into my plot so I cut them back to the boundary and used them. I also added some of my runner bean stems as I had so many  and some strawberry plants. 

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