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Posted: 02/08/2013 at 18:16

I have 2 different blueberries ( as recommended) planted in large pots.  the last 2 years they have fruited quite well.  they are in ericacious compost and I fed them during the spring to get them going again after the winter.  I pruned out the centre stems to create a bowl shape to let more air into the plants.  But only about 6 berries between them this year.  should I have pruned them harder, if so when?  What should I do to get more fruit next year?


Posted: 23/06/2013 at 11:07

I have a honeysuckly planted against a fence which faces south East so it gets the sun until late morning.  Not sure which variety it is as I lost the label. It is in quite a narrow bed at the edge of the patio.  It's underplanted with ladies mantle and mulched with bark.  Every spring it grows lush and green with lots of flowering shoots, then in early June most of the leaves drop off, leaving me with a very tatty plant.  This year I fed it when this happened with an organic liquid flower food and it is now beginning to recover and flower. 

does anyone have any idea why this should happen?  Is it drying out at a critical point?

Advise please

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:08

I grow mine in a raised bed with very good drainage, but my bay and rosemary are in large tubs as both are quite old now.

I grow the following:

Bronze fennel, common mint, chocolate mint (smells and tastes like After eights and is good on icecream), Clary Sage, blue hyssop, several different dwarf lavenders, golden marjoram, variegated sage, welsh onions (like chives but don't go to seed and can be used all year round), bergamot and cat nip for the cats. I also have a germander plant bought from Highgrove (!). Each summer I repeat sow rocket to pick, pulling it out when it bolts. I also grow flat leaved parsley. My thyme refuses to grow in the herb bed and has self seeded at the base of the garage wall in an adjacent bed, where it thrives in very poor dry soil in full sun.

I let all my herbs flower as the bees, hover flies, moths and butterflies love it. They aren't so good for picking then, but I like to see the wildlife.

Just watch out for slugs and snails as they love the rocket! That's the bonus of a raised bed as you can see them easily.  I keep a slug pub topped up with cheap beer, and pop them on the edge so they die happy!

Greenhouse learner

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 20:52

Don't forget to plant some french marigolds amongst the toms to ward off white fly and add a couple of sticky strips to make absolutely sure they don't get a hold, easier to prevent than cure.

Basil also works and smells divine when you touch it. But don't forget to cut it back as it starts to grow as it easily flowers, then goes all woody and horrible in the warmth. 

As for flowers, I struck a cutting from a pretty red carnation from a supermarket bunch and have that planted in one corner, so I have some cut flowers right through the summer. When it gets old and woody, I just choose another bunch and strike a new cutting. Just select a strong side shoot from the bunch and root in a small pot or even a jar of water.  They root really easily this time of year.  Most of my flowers go outside during the summer, but the GH is invaluable to plant up tubs and baskets early then keep them warm until they go outdoors when it warms up.

PS I agree with somewhere to stand your mug of tea and space for a radio!


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 20:41

Looks like a hardy geranium  to me

Bee friendly plants for hanging baskets

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 11:04

I find that bees love bacopa, but make sure you buy the single type.  They seem to prefer the white varieties and the smaller flowered ones.  Keep trimming them back over the season to get repeat flowering

Brunnera Jack Frost

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 09:01

My Jack Frosts have been lovely this spring, masses of new growth and flowers.  I have cut back the flowers, but the plants are still growing strongly and are threatening to over shadow the hardy fuschias and other perennials that are struggling to get going after the cold May. Is it ok to do a late Chelsea chop and cut them back to encourage new smaller leaves to grow?

Get thrifty

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 09:44

I re-use old margerine containers as mini seed propagators.  Clean them thoroughly and put some holes in the base.  Cut out most of the centre portion of the lid using a craft knife or sharp scissors, leaving a frame around the edge.  The design on the top usually gives a neat template for this.  Fill the pot with compost, sow your seed and cover with cling film. Replace the lid, which then creates a tight seal.  You can easily see progress through the cling film.

In then cut the discarded top into 3 strips to use as markers, using a chinagraph pencil or marker pen.

I also clean and re-use supermarket meat trays.  The opaque ones make good drip trays.  match them to fit your seed trays, margerine containers or modules (I save the ones I buy seedlings in, with careful handling they last several years and save ££s).

The clear plastic ones make excellent propogator tops - again match them to the bottoms and you get a snug fit.

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why do the leaves keep dropping off in early summer? 
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Brunnera Jack Frost

should I cut it back after flowering? 
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