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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 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 21:21

Have a nice holiday dmball.

Spent the day in Preston as it's Preston guild week. The weather was kind, clear skies with a slight breeze. If anyone's in the area there's lots going on over the coming week and it only happens every 20yrs. It kicks off with a vintage weekend. We plan to go again to the torchlight poossession next Saturday.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 23:47

It certainly was nice in your part of the country today Frank, so much so  I missed the junction for Hartlepool but knew I'd over run when signs for Washington came up. It was either the blue sky or chatter in the car which distracted me

Not so nice in this part of the NW, the showers gradually turned to rain on the way home and if it wasn't frost this morning then it was very cold, the ground was damp and everything covered in a thin layer of dew.  


Fruit bushes...

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 22:21

Thanks for the links.

I think you may have posted the first link on a previous thread, seeing the size of the gooseberry bushes in the background is what got me thinking, the space my plants were in, is to small. Excellent advise on pruning though, know now why the white currant didn't fruit this year. The gooseberry didn't fruit either it was attacked by flys early on in the season so I had to cut off the fruiting branches.   

To cut to the chase - The area's to small me thinks to leave them there for another season so close together. Taking cuttings sounds a good option though, how would I do this? ..and would the cuttings be ok in a pot over winter?

I was thinking of moving the gooseberry to give the currant plants more room, space these out better and grow a cordon - bush -cordon if you see what I mean.




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