Latest posts by sunnylou


Posted: 12/10/2015 at 18:47

Any other garlic fans out there ?  I have always bought garlic bulbs from garden centres etc to grow on.  However having grown a really good crop this year am wondering whether I can use these for next year's crop now they have dried out

Also living in N. Yorks is it better to delay sowing until spring ? I have tried both times of year but autumn seems a little unreliable

Any advice gratefully received - Louise

Frosted potato shoots

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 12:10

Thank you, Zoomer - will do !

Frosted potato shoots

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 19:53

Here goes with the fleece - thank you KEF !

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 !


Discussions started by sunnylou

Pruning roses this year

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Splitting ? 
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Dahlia tubers (again !)

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Devon Pinks

Dividing or not ? 
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Chilli help needed !

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worried about 'ash die-back' 
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