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Latest posts by staffsmags

miserable strawberry leaves

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:53

Thanks both.  It's a lovely sunny day here is E Staffordshire so that's one of my jobs for this afternoon.  Helpful advice.  Mags

miserable strawberry leaves

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 13:09

Is it ok to remove all the dead and yellow leaves from my strawberry plants now?  They are growing in troughs and one trough is 1 year old plants, the other trough is 2 year old plants and I have baby plants from runners in pots.  Mags

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 11:16

RSPB website accepted my count just now.  Mags


Big garden bird watch

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 10:32

Apart from 2 woodies I've seen nothing this morning, hardly surprising as it is pouring with rain.  What do I do if my usual assortment of birds don't come.  Does the results page ask about weather conditions - I don't remember being asked this before.  It doesn't seem worth submitting just 2 woodies!  Mags  Couldn't do it yesterday as out all day.


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 15:11

djjjuk - just have a go.  ok, so you won't get award-winning fruit but it will be lovely to go and pick them fresh from the vines and they do taste better than supermarket supplies.   Maggie 


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 11:11

Djjjuk, yes you can grow tomatoes outside.  I grow lovely ones in troughs using multipurpose compost under my east facing kitchen window.  I feed them with a proprietry tomato feed from when fist fruits form.  I am on the other side of B'ham to you - near Tamworth.  They do better there than if I put them against a fence facing south.  Good luck!  Maggie

first earlies

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 19:13

Thanks David.  I will look out for those.  Mags

first earlies

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 15:44

There are several varieties on sale. Which do people think are best for using in salads?  I've had Pentland Javelin but wasn't  keen.  To be grown in potato sacks. And when is the right time at start to chit?   Thanks for your opinions, Maggie

hyacinth flowers

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 14:23

I note what you say, nutcutlet, but I was careful with the watering.  I have grown them successfully for the past 12 years, and am sure I did nothing different this year..  And no, they definitely were not too warm. 

I know I could possibly have bought them cheaper but I like the challenge! I will buy some next week, and there's always next year!


hyacinth flowers

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 15:34

I have a bowl of 6 hyacinth bulbs, - 2 packs of 3 all same variety. All 6 seemed to be doing well then flowers on 3 have shrivelled as they are forming, and now a 4th has started to go as well.  The shrivelled flower stem has mould at  the bottom of the stem and the stem fell out when I touched it.  Another bowl planted a month later is starting to produce flowers normally.  What could be the problem with the first lot?  I am sure they had enough water!  Diseased bulbs or something I might have done, or not done?  I grow hyacinths every year and never had this problem before.  Maggie

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