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Some random questions....

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 09:45

Thanks Logan. I must write these things down. I have quite a bit of memory loss so have resorted to my trustee journal to make lots of notes that I can refer back to. 

Some random questions....

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 09:43

Thanks ever so much Busy-Lizzie. Really helpful as always. 


Germinating holly berries/seeds

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 09:19

I'd love to have a go at this too. Carol Kline did it on one of her progs. I think that Carol put dirt in a bag with the berry and put it in the fridge first. 

Hi everyone

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 17:06

Hello Clarice - sorry to hear of your loss. Hoping for a brighter 2016 full of lovely plants and flowers x

Some random questions....

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 16:49


a few questions if I may, that I hope aren't too silly or tedious!

firstly, we've had the wood burner on a lot over Christmas and my other half has been putting the wood ash on to my raised beds for me to dig in. Is this a good thing to do? Is this 'potash'? Is potash the same as sulphate of potash?

last year I left in the roots of the runner beans and was advised to dig them in - I can't remember why! Does anyone know please?

we've been invited to take manure from the nice lady that keeps her horses in a field near our house. If I put this in the raised beds now, will it be too 'fresh' when it comes to planting later in the year please?

Is it ok to plant potatoes in the same raised bed that I used last year or should the choice of crop be changed?

ive started some ami majus off in the green house and they are going great guns, but today some of the leaves were frozen and stuck to the greenhouse glass. Will they survive in an unheated greenhouse over winter?

i also planted some lupin seeds that have germinated and are now a couple of inches tall. Will they survive winter in a unheated greenhouse or should I bring them I doors?

whats the different purposes of nitrogen, sulphate of potash and phostrogen please? Do they conflict with each other?

thanks for any answers!


Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 08:31

Thanks for the tips. I'll start them a little earlier next year then and pay them more attention. Much appreciated advice as always. 

Busy, busy, busy

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 08:20

Poor dogs.  If they're not being walked they must be desperate to get outside. It's so cruel. I wish people wouldn't have animals if they can't or won't look after them properly. 

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 22:27

Thanks. How long do they need in the ground though? Do folks ever leave them in more than a year?

December sprouting?

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 22:39

ive heard that anything fruit that has flowers, like strawberry plants, should be dealt with by removing the flower and it will right itself later on. But flowers with buds should just be enjoyed, especially larger buds, as if they're removed you'll just lose the flower. Not sure if this is right though. 

December sprouting?

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 20:26

On our local radio gardening show this morning, there was talk of a really cold February. 

Who knows what it'll do, but lots of things in the garden definately seem to be out of kilter. 

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