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Last frost help???

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 17:05

I'm Harrogate, so not far from you. First week of June up here I'm afraid. For things like tomatoes, runner beans etc. It might be a couple of weeks earlier if we have a good year, but to be sure, wait til June to plant anything tender out, and make sure they are well hardened off during the day first.  

Too early to plant - NE Scotland?

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 19:20

Late April early may is very optimistic for the last frost in ne Scotland. I'm in Yorkshire and wouldn't be confident of having had the last frost until the first week of June. Like others have said, frost hardy stuff should be OK though. 


Anemone RUFFLED Swan

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 21:59

My wild swan died too. But I can't seem to even get the 'thug' types to get going in my garden.  Interesting to hear that the new ones are not so temperamental. Might be tempted to give them a go.. 

'Restoring' a fruit and veg patch... Where to go next?

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 20:43

If it were me, I would dig out as many of the weeds with roots that you can, or wait until they start growing in spring and then spray them if you want to use chemicals. 

I would cover half of it with weed membrane. You don't need to add soil to the top, but you can cut holes in it to grow lots of stuff through, whilst suppressing the weeds. I have done this successfully for courgettes, squashes, pumpkins, sweet corn, potatoes.

Any that you leave bare, keep weeding throughout the year, to get out all the weed seeds that germinate.  

The beauty of veg growing is that it is all annual, so yes, weeds will grow, but as well as weeding throughout the year as the veg grows, you can also give it a good dig over at the end of every year to get any perennials out. 

Soft fruit suggestions please

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 22:39

Thanks Doug, that's useful to know. Might give pink Blueberry 'Lemonade' a go then. It's on offer in one of the many catalogues I was looking at this evening! 

I'm going to go for more compact varieties of blackcurrants as Verdun suggested rather than jostaberries.  Thanks for your help! 

Soft fruit suggestions please

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 12:59

Thanks for the replies everyone. Gardenmaiden, I have loads of rhubarb elsewhere in the garden! 

Verdun, why do you need more than one blueberry? Is it for pollination like apples, or just to extend the cropping season? And would you need 2 different varieties? 

Has anyone grown the pink blueberries? Are they just a gimmick? 

Soft fruit suggestions please

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 22:27

I have space in my fruit cage for some more bushes and would like some recommendations please. 

I already have raspberries, strawberries, wineberries and gooseberries. 

I have room for about 4 bushes. 1 will probably be a redcurrant (have been told I won't need more than 1) so would like some suggestions for the others. 

Contemplating the classics like blackcurrants and blueberries, but also wondered about some of the more unusual ones like jostaberries. Any suggestions? 

Improving Composting for the Elderly

Posted: 09/12/2015 at 16:21

Dove, I've always told my husband when I die just to chuck my ashes on the compost heap. Not convinced he will though. 



Posted: 07/11/2015 at 21:15

Hello everyone.  I have been very firmly in the lurking corner for a while but thought I would venture out and say hello.

We've had a miserable week or so of thick fog that hasn't lifted here, but then this afternoon, this: 

 The view from my front door 

Harlow Carr

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 22:57

Harlow Carr is local to me so I visit often. School summer holidays and some very clever marketing of the Alice in Wonderland 150 anniversary by the RHS means it is VERY busy with children and families at the moment. But that is by no means a reason not to visit! 

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