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Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 25/10/2017 at 21:11

Course you can, but only really in preserves. Ask Monty - he's a massive fan !

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 22/10/2017 at 20:42

Just to elaborate a little more on the guy's succinct responses   Quince is really not for eating

as a raw fruit. Its rock hard and not tasty. However it is priceless for making jams, jellies and fruit cheeses. You are lucky to inherit a thriving tree.

Failed Butternuts!

Posted: 05/10/2017 at 14:19

Thanks for comments. Being in north of England 'dark & cold' seems to win over 'sunny & warm' !

I tend to have most success by sowing seeds quite late as I don't have a greenhouse. My allotment however is open and in full sun. Think I'll try sowing indoors & much earlier to get more growing time next year. Also - growing them up on a frame or trellis sounds a good idea. That way they'll get more light and air maybe. I love butternut squash and feel ' robbed' ! 

Failed Butternuts!

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 15:10

I grew two strong Butternut squash plants from seed this year. They seemed to be slow to flourish and quite late in flowering. Both have loads of flowers growing upwards to the light, but I only got two very small squashes - one at the end of each runner. ( Husband has just knocked the largest off with the lawnmower - so that's the end of that ! )

Can anyone tell me why I got so many flowers but no fruit?

Grown these successfully before and got a good harvest.

How many Pumpkins?

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 18:00

They're in an open sunny site in the allotment. Three plants set in a triangle, about three feet apart.

I suppose if they continue to crop I'd just cut off any later ones to allow earlies to ripen.

I just wondered if there was an optimum number of fruits one plant could sustain.

How many Pumpkins?

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 17:39

I'm growing pumpkins for the first time. They are to eat, not for size or showing.

How many pumpkins should I allow each plant to keep?

Or will the plants manage happily with several each?

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?

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