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sweetcorn/ storing it

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 11:37

When we get a glut we always blanche for about 4 mins in boiling water. Then let them cool. Then wrap individually in cheap tin foil and freeze. Cook as normal on taking out of freezer. Never had a problem and they've always kept their taste.

Storing Garlic

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 11:18

It is about planting time for garlic now so you could use your own home grown ones. Best that they are of a decent size though. The specially prepared ones from the garden centre might give you better results though. I would still store the others in a dark cool cupboard and keep an eye on them. Unless they are damaged in any way then I should think they'll be fine. Good luck

Transplanting Roses

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 20:25

I'd give it a go myself. If you can get a decent root ball with plenty of soil around it and can plant straight away it's likely they won't even notice. Keep them well watered after transplanting, just don't drown them.

Lawn weed and and feed

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 20:19

Autumn is the time to scarify your lawn. Use a spring tyne lawn rake to pull out all the dead moss and grass that has built up over the summer. Its a hard workout but you'll be surprised on how much comes out. Then the lawn needs aerating with a garden fork or aerator. Finally if you still have the energy you can spread sharp sand over it, working it into the holes left by aeration. This will improve the drainage. Then next Spring as Dave said you can go for the weed n feed.

Fertiliser and plant food storage

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 20:06

Frost free is definately best. Any liquid treatments may deteriorate with freezing on and off.

advice re veg patch please

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 20:02

Agree with all the others. You'll find yourself in the coming years saying 'this was a good year for this and a bad year for that'. Its just the way it goes sometimes. Plenty of organic matter. (Although not where you want to grow roots crops such as carrot & parsnip, they don't like it too fresh). Get a crop rotation going if you haven't already and stay positive. Good luck.

Plants to attract wild life in a shady concrete courtyard

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 12:01

How about Hellebores for the late Winter/Spring display. Lady's Mantle i.e Alchemilla mollis does well in part shade ( but spreads well by seed). Some fushcias will do well in part shade too.

A Plum, a cherry and a nectarine tree,

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 10:43

A tip for pruning/trimming is not to leave it too late. Unlike apples and pears its not a good idea to prune plums or cherries during the winter months as this can introduce silver leaf disease. If you are repotting soon then a trim anytime now should be fine.

Front Garden

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 16:53

Clipped box or yew  will do ok in the shade. Christmas Box (Sarcococca) will also do ok there and gives off a great scent in late Winter/Early Spring.

You could also replace the gravel with something like grey slate chippings.

Fruit and Veg for a shaded spot

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:29

You could try some rhubarb. Beetroot might do ok if the soil is not too heavy. Cut and come again lettuce probably will do ok aswell

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