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Blueberry bushes

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 22:48

I need help too. I've two blueberry bushes had one a couple years which bore fruit last year (only a bowl full) before the birds picked the rest in one day and another one year old, think it's called 'top hat' which produced flowers this year but no fruit and little growth.

Both plants look healthy and are in pots but aren't growing

Hope there's a blueberry expert/grower who can help.     


Posted: 07/09/2012 at 22:31

Which compost to use at present is a sensitive subject. There was such a variation in the quality at the begining of the growing season it started off a debate amongst posters.I tried a few different one's but none this year of the one's you are suggesting.

Some GC, nurseries, DIY stores will have split bags so you can see and feel the quality. If you can see the compost and it's a good colour with little or no wood in it this is a good start.   

Read Kates link and check whether the plants/shrubs you are going to pot need an acidy compost as bjay has advised. Not all your plants will need ericaceous compost but the Acer will.    


Posted: 07/09/2012 at 22:10

I only use it now as a rough guide and live pretty much in the middle of the country, that's if you drew a line across the middle of the uk, so find it quite useful as a reminder.I'm in the Lune valley so could probably leave timings 3 weeks 

Not received September Issue of GW Mag..

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 21:55

Someone else had a similar problem and posted on one of the forum topic message boards - this was the response -

 'sorry to hear that your September issue hasn't arrived. The current telephone number to contact the customer service team is 0844 815 0049. If you give the team a call, they'll send you a replacement issue straight away. Alternatively, you can email the team at


Daniel Haynes

Hope this helps- happy reading  

Lifting Lily bulbs

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 21:37

I find lillies to be hardy. If you really must lift them now, you can lift them in the green and repot with the stems still attached.

I grow alot of lillies in terracotta pots and often want to use the pots for the next show of flowers. So will be repotting some this weekend to have enough pots for spring bulbs. The lillies will go in plastic pots and be put somewhere out of sight to allow the leaves to die back.

Mine flower year after year despite being lifted in the green and repotted.

Talkback: Growing runner beans

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 22:20

I've had an excellent crop of runner beans, some days picking far more than could be eaten so there's a store in the freezer now. I'm still picking alot but down to picking every other day now.

Interesting what you say about french beans, I tried four varieties this year for the first time and have been pleased with their crop, they're still going strong and knowing they do better in a hot summer means I'll be growing them again as mine have done well despite all the rain.

Talkback: How to ripen tomatoes on the vine

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 21:37

I can see it, well worth a try if your toms don't ripen in the GH.

Tomato Ripening

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 21:31

If it helps I've cut chilli plants off close to the soil and hung them upside down to ripen, providing some chillies are red the green one's follow suit. Obviously the plant dies and the leaves go brown before all the chillies have turned red. I also use this  method to dry chillies in the GH, they don't start to dry out though until all the moisture has been sapped from the dying plant.

The method may work for toms, all I can say is it does work for chillies.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 19:59

Nice and sunny in this part of the NW, it may have rained earlier on in the day as the rooftops still look wet but we have clear blue skies now and the forcast is looking good for tomorrow.

Flower seedlings in the GH have really picked up - Sweet William, Bellis and some beginning with V, but name escapes me, are all looking good. Next years parsley and foxgloves are in the garden and they look good too. I need to find a space for about 10 white strawberry plants grown from seed, the pineberries gave up after being drowned in their pots on a daily basis from all the rain.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 19:31

Here in the NW it's been another nice day, sunny and hot, sun cream was needed 

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