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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?

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?

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