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Lidl Compost

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 12:37

OK. Thanks for this. I'll go with the BF&B. Fingers crossed!!

Lidl Compost

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 11:36

I now have an allotment and for the first time ever, I have a lovely pile of home made compost from our heap!   I feel quite proud !!  So I will be using this for my tomato pots this year - no more smelly black crusty stuff - and the added bonus of knowing just what went into it.

Why does'nt my Clematis 'Jingle Bells' flower?

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 22:47

Thanks everyone,

At least I know its not just me that's failed! You would think a climber called ' Jingle Bells' would at least be hardy enough to cope in Yorkshire!  We're not really talking minus temperatures very often! This plant just seems to be a softee and is on borrowed time in my garden. As its a group 1 clematis it shouldn't really be pruned back Nutcutlet, but hey - why not?  I think I'll give it another year, a good feed and a few kind words. Then, we'll see....

Why does'nt my Clematis 'Jingle Bells' flower?

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 20:57

Originally I grew my Clematis Jingle Bells in a large tub, to cover a shed at the head of the drive. Poor growth and no flowers!  My drive is quite a wind tunnel, so I moved the clematis to back garden. It is now planted in a bed, approximately West facing and more sheltered. But still, leggy growth and no flowers .  Its really not earning it's keep. I wonder why it is not thriving?

why can't i grow beetroot?

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 11:32

Thanks for all your suggestions folks. I love beetroot so will keep on trying.

I'm sure I read that beetroot don't like to be moved which is why I sow direct, but I think I will try modules again. Also I will enrich and feed my soil a bit more - my little raised beds on the allotment do dry out badly. I will also try soaking the seeds first.

I'm surprised to hear the 'maritime crop' theory. Beetroot always seemed to do perfectly well in good old West Yorkshire fields when I was a girl.

Yes GD2. My daughters were also fans of Moomin troll stories. My youngest ( now 28) still calls me Moomin mama !

Well - back to the old seed catalogues. I swear by Dobies...

why can't i grow beetroot?

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 21:08

I don't seem able to grow beetroot any more!  I try to follow the seed packet instructions closely, but they just seem to be straggly and rubbish. I seem to get thin red stems that crawl along the ground, but no globes.

Am I planting too shallow? I don't have a greenhouse. I plant direct into the soil, in a small raised bed. I have tried in rows and also in the ' square foot' block method.

Still no result. What am I doing wrong?

foxglove seedlings

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 18:06

Thanks. I'll get them in PDQ.

foxglove seedlings

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 18:36

When should I plant out new foxglove plants?                            I have grown them in pots from seed this summer, so they should flower next year.                                                     Should I plant them out now or wait until Spring?

Oriental Chrysanthemum

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 10:04


I found these seeds quite by chance last year. It was a James Wong range for wildlife gardening. I grew them in my allotment. Only a few germinated successfully but wow!  they were fantastic!  Big multi-stemmed plants with delicate grey/green leaves and beautiful creamy yellow flowers. hundreds of them all summer.

I was so proud of them I entered them in the local (very small) show - and won a prize! I felt a bit guilty though. The class was for 5 stems of the same flower. As you can see, I had multi flowers on each stem and they made quite a show!

Sadly, I was unable to grow any this year from my collected seed and hav'nt seen them in the shops again. Any ideas?

Barlotto beans - to freeze or not to freeze

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 09:39

This is just the info I've been looking for!  I've grown Barlotti for the first time this year. Planted them directly into the ground, in June and they've done really well. ( and I live in north Yorkshire)   No pests as far as I can see. 

Trouble is I'm not sure when they're ready. The beans inside are still white. Do they go pink inside the pod? Do I wait for that?  or do they change colour on drying?   In fact I think I will use them fresh or freeze them now I know that's ok.

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Why does'nt my Clematis 'Jingle Bells' flower?

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Most beautiful and prolific flowers ! 
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