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Favorite tomatoes

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 06:45

Last year best ones for me were Black  Cherry and Sungold - both small so fruit earlier, both in garden and greenhouse. I grow some bigger ones too in GH though it's not in a very sunny spot - but didnt get the blight.  Those outside were blighted eventually but  small ones had fruited well before it got to them!  Another one i grow in garden is Red Alert, this is a bush tom and quite small, that also did well even last year.  This year I'm also trying Sungella -  nice and small!

onion sets

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 06:24

I used to plant my sets out in March with very patchy results, now wait longer until the ground is a bit warmer. Last year I started in modules or trays and am doing the same this year - a bit later too as it's been so cold - just last week for most and still have some shallots to do. Last year's results were much better through starting with a good root system.   We are in Berkshire so not exceptionally bad weather, although there was still ground frost in some places yesterday at 7am!  (I'm not gardening at that time, just out feeding the birds!)

Greenhouse size?

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 06:45

Greenhouse size?

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 06:37

Mine is only 8x6 i think - too small - not enough space for a larger one.  It's full of overwintering pots and pelargonium plants at the moment, plus a few flower seeds (ever hopeful), parsley, rocket, salad leaves.  I'll be planting a few pepper seeds soon in a propagator, then it's time to start the tomato seeds....   I don't use the garden soil as we are very sandy here.  I grow the tomatoes in bags of compost rather than grow bags as i got better results - turn the bag on its side to make a deeper bed and only 2 plants per bag. I read this advice in a GW several years ago & have taken it ever since.  One other thing, when we bought the GH we invested the extra for a self opening light, just on one side - a boon when we are on holiday.  Wish we had done the other side too!  This cost about £30 but that was 10years ago!

help with 2 plants please- Clematis Jackmanii(?) and Rhodedendron(?)

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 08:01
siminstance wrote (see)

actually, how do i find out if the soil is acid?

One easy way is to look at gardens near you - do they grow any acid soil lovers such as Camelia, Rhodedendron, Pieris?

Location for rose bush

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 06:46

I was advised last year to try Peter Beales roses.  We have sandy soil - not best for roses - so took a look at their catalogue and found the info so helpful, even giving a scent rating.   There are roses for all soil types and situations, We bought 5 bare rooted plants - all of which have now put on lots of growth and looking very healthy.  Try their website or order a catalogue...

help with 2 plants please- Clematis Jackmanii(?) and Rhodedendron(?)

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 06:26

I Googled this plant and came up with lots of info.  It looks like a biggy - height after 10-15 years is 7ft, mature height 20ft  - However the sites I saw were all in the USA.  Hope this helps.

Peace Lily

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 17:24

yellowing leaves - could it also be lack of feed? or maybe dry air? 

i have one of these, it's ok as long as it is in indirect light, leaves look healthy - But no flowers!!!  Help!!

Yellow Book Recommendations

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 12:43

Sorry lilylouise - should have said number 51 on page 57.   (got my specs on now!)-

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