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Talkback: Using green tomatoes

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 11:49
I'm glad that it isn't just me then. I've loads of unripened tomatoes and couldn't work out why. Going to make green tomato chutney this afternoon. Never heard of this before, till trying to find out what to do with all my green tomatoes.


Posted: 17/09/2012 at 14:25


I'm just in the process of taking apart my hanging baskets. I think I can salvage the trailing ivy, but what about the geraniums? Is it worh potting them up and keeping them over the winter? Will they bloom again next year?

Where to keep, inside or an unheated greenhouse?

Thanks in advance, Tina

Tatton park any good

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 12:33
I've been to Tatton Park Flower show a few times and it's very big, loads of show gardens, floral displays, plant marquees and loads to buy (plants and other garden features).

Manchester airport isn't far away and you'll see all the planes and different airlines taking off, thought I'd mention if there's anyone onto that.

As long as the weather is good, you'll have a great day

Winter hanging baskets

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 22:17



Never done a winter hanging basket before and would like some advice, is it too late to sow seeds for this years basket to flower? If I'm too late what can I do?

I'm interested in winter pansy's, cyclamen and spring bulbs. How hardy is trailing ivy?


What combinations look good?


Living in the north east it can get very cold, but I would love some brightness in the garden. My garden faces south and the baskets would be on the south facing wall, any tips or avice.


Many thanks, Tina

what to do with overgrown patch

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 14:29
I am a complete novice and I'm sure someone can add or correct me, but I'm sure I've read that with some difficult weeds you might consider covering them with something like old carpet to act as a barrier to the light and wait for them to die that way.

I think you might need to leave it in place for some months for it to do its job, could be a year.

Do you know what weeds you have, sounds like a lot are self seeding or have roots which keep coming up?

Good luck and I hope that you find a solution


How best to germinate aquilegia seeds?

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 14:14
Hello, I've bought some aquilegia seeds from T&M and some from eBay, how is best to germinate/ sow them? On one packet it says to sow in a tray, seal in a bag and place in the fridge for 3 weeks (saying this speeds up the process), the other doesn't suggest this and say germination is 1-3 months. What has worked for you? Thanks Tina

Who ate all the carrots?

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 18:22


I'm new to growing veg and I planted out some Early Nants, but they have all gone. I suspect some thing has eaten them, do you think it most likely pigeons (or magpies)? I've seen one sitting on the GH and we have loads of magpies.

I hadn't netted them. So lesson learnt. My other carrots (can't remember what they are) and parsnips have remained untouched.

Thanks, Tina

I am in love

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 18:12


I never use to like peonies, I remember my grandparents had one and I guess I thought that they were old fashioned.

But walking home from school with the smalls, I've seen this gorgeous white peony and I want one now. It will go well in my pale pinks, pale blues and white cottage garden theme. Don't you think?



Posted: 18/06/2012 at 18:49
Hello, I'm hoping to sow some Biannual's but I don't know what to expect. What I want to know is, after they germinate, do they just stay like a juvenile plant over winter or do they die back and go back under ground and then shoot up next year? Any light you can shed is appreciated. I'm hoping to sow some lupin. Thanks in advance.

What do you think of this combination?

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 06:48
Thank you, do much, for all your suggestions. I've written them all down and will look them all up.

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