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Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 19:45


sandiacre - not far at all! I'm Long Bennington, between Grantham and Newark. 

I'll tuck them back up inside the greenhouse at night then.

thanks again 

Maidenhair fern: Brown raised spots (underside) and some brown leaves

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 19:41

I have the same on mine. I find these plants almost impossible to keep. Mine is looking less than tip top! I tried really hard with my current one. Read up on the conditions they like etc kept it watered Using rain water, sprayed the leaves etc. This one seemed to get a tiny insect infestation. 

Any tips on keeping them looking good would be much appreciated!

fig problems

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:14

I wouldnt hard prune at this time of year, but a firm tidy up of branches should be ok. 

its devastating to lose plants....but at least it's an excuse for a trip to the garden centre! 

I bought a brown turkey fig 3 months ago at £14.99. 

Goid luck with it. I hope it perks up. Do let us know.

Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:10

In the East Midlands. We did have a frost here this week, we are in a rural spot so a bit exposed. 

Will probs leave it for a couple of weeks then, and harden them off in the cold frame.


fig problems

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:31

Hi Bluebell15 

it could very well be frost. Figs are quite sensitive things and this year I found the frosts were particularly sharp. I lost a few plants in sheltered spots that had been fine in the years before. 

suggest some feed (tomato feed will do) and keep it watered (but not heavily so) to give it its best chance. Put it in the sunniest spot possible too. 

Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:27


my runner beans have had a growth spurt in their little pots in the greenhouse. Has anyone planted theirs out yet? Thinking of doing it today but not sure if I should wait a while. 

Also, same with bedding plants. Too early?


pet companions

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 06:02

Get well soon Buster! What a handsome chap. Gorgeous face.

leadfarmer, what gorgeous labs. They look so calm.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 18:21

Really sorry to hear the sad news about Michael. Thank you for letting us know Ellen.  I really enjoyed reading what Michael had been up to on his allotment. 

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 18:40

Whoops! Sorry for the upside down pics!!

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 18:39

Mine has arrived too! The packaging was great. Very sturdy. I do like the little booklet that comes with it too. Has lots of useful but simple info about lots of plants.

something flew out of the box when I opened it and one of the leaves has been munched; aside from that I'm happy with a very healthy looking plant. Was very dry though. It perked up after a nice water.

Think I will harden I think off in a cold frame for a couple of weeks. 

Exciting times!!

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