London (change)
Today 8°C / 3°C
Tomorrow 7°C / 3°C


Latest posts by sunnylou

Frosted potato shoots

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 18:43

Thank you everyone and thanks for replying - most comforting news about the potatoes ! Kef - have fleece will do

Many gardeners here including myself have lost all sorts of normally frost hardy plants down to -5c.  Just must have been a freak frost





Frosted potato shoots

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 17:25

Help !  My second earlies had just sprouted to about 2cm when we had a killer frost in North Yorks.  Shoots all brown now, will I get more shoots? Will the seed potato still grow, or is that it for this year ?

All advice appreciated


Devon Pinks

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 17:56

Hello - I have some successful Devon Pinks in my little borders which have turned into lovely plants, I know how to take cuttings,  but have an unheated greenhouse, and the limited window space in the house for cuttings is running out !  Live in N. Yorks

So just wondered if it is all all possible to divide/split and how to do ?  With any aftercare help

Any advice much appreciated - Louise

Chilli help needed !

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 17:43

Thank you everyone - um...indoor space a little limited they are biggish plants, there's always upstairs !  I will hope Philippa's advice will do. Another week in the greenhouse and wait for the tinge then into the airing cupboard

As always good advice - L

Chilli help needed !

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 16:30

I have never grown chillies before but a neighbour gave me some plants which are growing successfully in my unheated greenhouse.  I have 2 varieties Jalapeno & Cobra, which have fruited very well but show no signs at all of reddening off. As autumn is drawing in can I cut off the fruit and dry indoors - if so how ?  Or  just hope for the best over the next couple of weeks, I live in N. Yorks so nights are drawing in.

All advice most welcomed


What not to grow

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 15:33

Thanks bekkie - I try to move all veg round year on year but the plot is not so big so just might have been near the previous year's crop - how would this affect ? Louise

Is shop-bought compost classed as mulch?

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 15:28

Hi JennyMc - yes Azaleas do tend to prefer more acid based soil, but generally unless your soil is very alkaline, they are fairly tolerant, you do not say how mature they are, but if they are of a reasonable age and have survived so far - so good.  I would not really say that shop bought compost is a mulch, Edd's suggestion is great if you can find some.  You can buy ericacious feed in liquid or granular form to give them boost.

As to the weeding, no quick fix I'm afraid, unless you have very invasive or difficult weeds, but that's a whole new topic !


What not to grow

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 15:10

Summer sprouting Purple Broccoli - had a couple of good years with this - however this year - massive plants and virtually no sprouts !  Too much nitrogen ? They were sown and planted out this year.  Louise

Hello from North Yorkshire

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 14:53

Hello Mrs Nesbitt, hope you enjoy your garden and the forum. I live in N.Yorks too but in Wharfedale, I retired from working as a gardener last December  - everything was beginning to creak !  Now have my greenhouse all to myself.  I wonder if you are an experienced gardener or newcomer ?  I know the Whitby area quite well and do like it, but any northern garden faces its own challenges, especially with windy conditions.  I would suggest a little at a time and would recommend getting a greenhouse of some kind, even if it is only a small one.

I have found everyone on this site most helpful and knowledgeable - good luck


Ash Trees

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 19:12

Thanks for that - Dovefromabove reassuring news, and hope we don't see any further harm to  any of our trees.

I found your quote quite poignant for me - my late mother who always got a bit mixed up with this saying (and many things) had a more abbreviated version than yours but the same, so I have got two to go at ! We hope they are right

'Oak before Ash' summer sash !

'Ash before Oak' summer soak !

Best wishes - Louise


Discussions started by sunnylou

Devon Pinks

Splitting ? 
Replies: 2    Views: 378
Last Post: 24/11/2015 at 18:46

Dahlia tubers (again !)

Replies: 20    Views: 750
Last Post: 10/11/2015 at 00:15


Replies: 4    Views: 335
Last Post: 13/10/2015 at 16:37

Frosted potato shoots

Replies: 10    Views: 462
Last Post: 02/05/2015 at 13:19

Devon Pinks

Dividing or not ? 
Replies: 2    Views: 423
Last Post: 17/11/2014 at 18:28

Chilli help needed !

Replies: 4    Views: 354
Last Post: 13/10/2014 at 17:43

Ash Trees

worried about 'ash die-back' 
Replies: 6    Views: 371
Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 19:12


Replies: 7    Views: 663
Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 12:16

mystery plant

trifoliate ? 
Replies: 4    Views: 703
Last Post: 18/06/2013 at 18:21


Replies: 6    Views: 1151
Last Post: 29/05/2013 at 16:36

hardy palms

Replies: 3    Views: 1033
Last Post: 10/01/2013 at 20:40

Alstroemeria overwintering

Replies: 8    Views: 5019
Last Post: 10/11/2015 at 18:24
12 threads returned