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Strange PM from unknown person.

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 21:47

Zoomer went off to check her PM 's and has one too, nice to hear there's such a lot of nice people on here.

don't waste my time plant!

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 23:21

I'm, with you on lavender. Only planted it a couple of years ago and it is so not worth the effort.

Rosemary may go to the GC in the sky this year, grown in pots, it grows woody very quickly and I seldom cook with it. The jury's still out on a further attempt at growing bulb fennel, may try one last time only because if the bulbs don't develop the leaves can still be cooked with. 

I've also a rambling rose whose days are numbered, it did not produce the desired growth last year and had black spot.  

Perlite or Vermiculite

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 22:17

I've had problems with damping off in the past so use vermisculite when sowing seeds and potting up seedlings. Perlite is mixed in the compost for hanging baskets, I won't be using it in pots around the garden this year unless permanent features as it doesn't decompose very quickly, my compost bin is currently full of tiny white balls from last years pots  

White fly in compost

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 21:38

Your compost may be to wet, a good breeding ground for pests, in which case take sufficient out to add a layer of shredded paper then cover with the compost you've taken out, this should help dry the compost a little and the layer on top will help the paper decompose.

Whitefly die in cold weather so something else to try would be to leave the lid off your darlek during the night when particularly cold weather is frost but when not expecting rain, this will expose the flies and larva to cold extremes. No rain means your compost isn't exposed to further moisture. 

As FG advises a fly trap hung inside the lid is also a good plan or spraying organically with a spray of garlic and olive oil may help. Aphids breath through their skin and this should kill them.

 Not sure how helpful this will be...others may be able to provide further advise

Talkback: How to dig beds in winter

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 20:44

I agree to with punkdoc and Verdun. I'm so pleased I double dug veg and flower beds first before planting. It was so hard work but with a layer of compost, muck or mulch each Autumn the beds now have loads of worms in and look like black gold in all but the hottest summers and weeds pull out so easy...

Digging in Winter though isn't a good plan, best done in the Autumn or Spring.  


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 20:30

I grow a slection of both and try a few new one's each year. Tumbling toms -in hanging baskets, last year, did well. Golden Sunrise do well but can sometimes be a little watery. Cerise is a good one. This year's new one's are tigerella - a stripped tom, prune noire - a black tom and Ildl - a yellow grape tom.      

I going to try not to sow until late March

Veg in shade

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 20:59

If spuds did ok then the area must get some sun.

You may find, veggies you grow will mature later due to the shade, or the fence/wall creates a micro climate so you can grow stuff people on an allotment can't, for instance I've grown sweetcorn successfully, yet the allotment behind my home can't grow it because the ground is more open to the elements.  

I get sun from dawn till dusk but the veg beds are partially over shadowed by a fence, anything grown near the fence tends harvest a few weeks later. 

If you are thinking brassicas, cabbage takes up a lot growing space and unless you have an allotment there's little return. Broccoli, swede, turnip, radish (including mooli) take up less space, I grow kohl rabi which does well.   

Hope this has been helpful...

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 20:02

I'm thinking possibly Tenerife next year KEF  rained most of the day here in this part of the NW and last year it was in the 30's over there

Happy gardening.

Veg in shade

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 19:52

How much sun does the area get in summer, some veg will grow reasonably well by a fence and in shade if it gets some sun during the day.

If you grew veg in pots near the fence/wall, chances are these veggie's will grow better in the ground. What did you grow? 


seed/plug trays

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 19:31

I use similar trays to fidgetbones and get them free from a local nusery, who in the Spring sell tiny plug plants. To cut to the chase you select your plants and put them in a tray to take home. Now, if you only want six plug plants at 30p each they still need to be taken home in a tray 

 The Polystyrene one's can also be obtained for free from most GC's although you do need to purchase the plants which come in them. If you just want the tray wait for the GC not to water the plants or a really hot day and obtain them at discount from the nearly dead section


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