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Posted: 17/08/2014 at 19:41
Thank you Bob, that makes alot of sense. I knew I shouldn't have doubted Monty!


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 10:05
Can anyone advise me on the best way to dry onions prior to storing please? I have always laid them out on a rack in the greenhouse or friend's conservatory but this takes up lots of space (I have alot of onions!). Monty mentioned a few weeks ago on GW that shallots and onions can be laid outside on racks to dry, regardless of the weather. I don't want to question my hero but surely the rain will stop them from drying out and may even rot them? Has anyone tried this?

Are you finding this is a poor season?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:05
Here in Cornwall we have had lots of sun and not much rain. Broad beans and peas were very poor and spuds got blight! The insects were late and now we are getting really good crops of runners, french beans, tomatoes and onions. My neghbours are reporting similar results.

Astrantia Addict

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:49
Can anyone give me any advice on growing astrantia from seed please? When to sow and where etc.?- I have a greenhouse.
I have astrantia major seeds taken from a friend's plant. Like the rest of you - I absolutely love them and want lots of them!

Potato plants dying - whats happening?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 13:11
Also, with main crops, keeping them in the ground for a couple of weeks after the foliage has died / been cut off, helps to toughen the skins which makes them store better.

Taunton Flower Show

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 21:20
Thanks for asking Violet, we had a lovely day. Weather was sunny and hot, just one shower at lunchtime.
The show was great - plenty of entertainment, show gardens and lots of trade stands selling everything from wellies to wheelbarrows and some great plants for sale. I was quite restrained due to the walk and bus ride to follow but still bought a fabulous canna, miscanthus, astrantia and restio!
The stars of the show were agapanthus which were selling like hot cakes. Can't wait to go again next year.

Taunton Flower Show

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 12:55
We are going to the Taunton Flower show tomorrow. I'd love to know if anyone has been before and what it's like, or have you been today - perhaps you could let me know what to expect and did you see Toby Buckland? Weather forecast isn't great but I'm excited anyway!

Unknown Plant

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 06:51
Let them go to seed Amilee and you'll never be without them. You can either collect the seed and dry for sowing next spring, or just leave to seed where they are - you may even get some new plants emerging this year.

What do you do with baby foxgloves and lupins?

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 06:41
She is very cute - and a keen gardener too! Well, good at digging anyway!

potato blight - please help!

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 06:40
Mine haven't turned out to be too bad in the end. The charlottes were pretty much all fine and delicious (all eaten now).
I cut back the foliage on the mains a few weeks ago and dug some up yesterday - about 10% were damaged but the rest seem fine and a good size considering it is early. I don't expect them to store well but hey ho, could have been worse.
Also, I have the biggest runner bean crop in the world so that makes up for it!
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potato blight - please help!

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