philippa smith2

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pineapple tops

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 16:20

I managed to grow one years ago which actually produced an edible fruit.  Used a hot bed within a heated greenhouse with a light compost.  The top I used wasn't from an organicically grown fruit but I wouldn't argue with Queenti's comments.

If you think about where they are grown commercially, it should give you a basic idea as to the conditions you need to emulate.

Confused about growing lettuce (little gem)

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 16:12

I can only stand back in admiration Chriscore - at least yours have germinated.  I have spent 3 years on Little Gems and can safely report that nary a one has shown it's head.  I can do every other type of lettuce but Little Gem continues to elude me.

I'm about to offer Runnybeak a job as my Little Gem expert

Kiwi help!

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 16:05

Kiwi "Jenny" is I think the most reliable self fertile type.  Whichever one you choose tho will require a nice warm spot and unless you grow it under cover, you are unlikely to be inundated with fruit. I've only had a decent harvest in SW France where they are also grown commercially.

messy lawn

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 15:53

If the lawn is already sparse, the chickens will not really improve it unfortunately as they will constantly scratch and poke their beaks in looking for goodies.

If you describe your problem lawn and give an idea of the soil texture/drainage/orientation and post a photo, there are plenty of posters on the forum who can offer you some informative advice.

Passion flower

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 15:47

Depends which Passion flower you have as the common one P caerulea (sp ? ) usually perks up and grows quite vigorously once the warmer weather arrives - in fact, it can become quite a nuisance and spreads alarmingly if it is happy. Doesn't usually require much in the way of feed if planted in decent ground.

Those kept in pots will benefit from a feed every so often.  A good general one is Phostrogen which can be watered in.

Most types will be happier in a south/west facing position - whether in pots or in the ground. Best to let them get to a decent size before thinking about pruning.


Posted: 19/04/2017 at 19:14

Don't be too dismissive Hostafan - the Monty mentions could prove almost as profitable as the cats - think about your Pension Pot

Gift for an allotmenteer..

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 19:10

I think LB's suggestion is an excellent one.  I'd just add that depending on the location and set up, your friend may like to try her luck with a Grape Vine ?  Just a thought 

Help Save the Hedgehogs Part II

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 16:36

I've found the best method of feeding our Hedgehogs is using one of those clear plastic storage boxes with lids.

Cut an access hole in one side, tape the cut edges and place the food bowl inside.  Cats, dogs, foxes can't access the food tho rodents obviously could.  Put out last thing in the evening and removed early morning ( to avoid the garden birds creeping in ) it has been successful for me for the last couple of years.

Their water bowl can stay outside close to the feeding box.

Planting New Grape Vines

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 16:29

The RHS Encyclopaedia of Gardening has a pretty good guide to planting new Grape vines and their care/pruning regime for the first and subsequent years..

I only have the hard copy but there is probably an on line version.

Dividing new plants straight from the nursery

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 20:22

Re your crocosmias - I'd leave them as they are and plant them where you want them.  Takes a while for them to build up. You will be able to divide them in a few years.

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