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Are you any good with Capsicum bell peppers? I have got 20 seedlings in a heated mini-gh and I want to transfer them effectively in to an outside greenhouse. Do I pot up as for tomatoes?Continue
This current cold spell is causing a few problems for us northern gardeners. One of my plum trees is festooned in blossom but there are no insects around for pollination. The young potato plants have had to be fleeced over tonight and my tomato…Continue
Hi allI'm having difficulty with my potato onions (multiplier onions - a bit like shallots), and would appreciate some advice...This chap was nice and green last week but he (along with one of his neighbours) has suddenly turned yellow.…Continue
I went to great expense with asparagus crowns and plugs, so I expected something and got nothing.However I marked them carefully, and I now have three, out of 15 plants showing potentially succulent shoots, of 3-4cm high. I apltanted some in the…Continue
I bought an olive tree, along with fig and eucalpytus, to provide a little more diversity in a Dorset garden,discovered to my pleasure that the olive tree may even bear good fruit in these islands, but now also learn that the olive trees of southern…Continue
On March 18th I sowed some Parsnips, of 2 varieties (Duchess and Tender & True). After a long wait, the Tender & True ones appeared earlier this week, but there is still no sign of Duchess. Looking back at the seed packet (from Simply Seeds)…Continue
Two W+E market GH heaters which in theory heat the whole greenhouse on a cold night, but how many frosts do we have, of a winter, that would require a specialized fan heater for such a purpose?Surely soil warming and, in the event of hard frost,…Continue
Hello folks, I need some guidance on what to do. I ordered 3 raspberry polka canes online from T&M and when I received them they looked a bit lifeless but assumed all will be well once they go in the ground. Unfortunately they still look…Continue
This year, I am growing peas again, having in the past ceased growing them because they suffered a lot from mildew. I'm hoping for better luck this time. Most of the peas I sowed outdoors in February never germinated (Did they rot? Did the mice eat them?), but I also sowed some in pots under cover, and I have now…Continue
After weekly grocery shopping, we went to the local nursery to buy some ericaceous compost and 'have a look around'.
The nursery is full of all sort of plants, stuff and shoppers. We spotted some bargains straight away, the 4planter grow bags are a third cheaper than the allotment shop, the sweet peas are lush and tomato seedlings are strong and tall at 60p each. the trolley was loaded up with bags and pots of plants. Then I remembered it's first day of April and I' d have to…Continue
Well, officially it has, yet one is struggling to feel its presence. The sky is grey and the air is cold. Rain is forecast to dampen the Easter holiday! I know winter has definitely run its course and I have started sowing trays of seedlings, yet I can't drive away the winter blue.
This year's sowing is particularly challenging. One of my greenhouses collapsed after the succession of wintry storms and I also lost the best 4-legged propagator who could started any seedlings within…Continue
I am a big fan of raised beds, and have been progressively replacing my old ones with much deeper (40cm) ones. Filling beds of this size needs a lot of material. I recently bought a 1000kg bulk bag of "Norfolk Loam", which will be useful, but I am also using as much home-made compost as I can muster.
I was up on the allotment over the weekend and I was watching somebody new on the allotments digging over his plot, I decided I would walk over and say “Hello and welcome” after we had talked for a bit, we got on to the subject of the position of his plot which is on the north side of some trees. He told me that he was worry that he wouldn't be able to grow any d…