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I sowed some dwarf French beans in a part of the garden recently vacated, they germinated ok, but once up they seemed to become dry and withered. Out of the row, only one plant has developed true leaves, and that's struggling. Any ideas what went…Continue
I have a small fig tree growing in a pot, don't know the variety. This summer it has developed a few fruit. Should I feed it? and, when will the fruit ripen? I'm sure I read somewhere that they ripen in the following year. The tree is planted in JI…Continue
I have two cucumber plants " Diva " in my greenhouse, both I noticed the other day, have developed splits in the stem which have opened up to 3 -4 m.m. The splits are about 7 cm long and about the same from the base of the plant. The plants still…Continue
I use my Vintage Brass Garden Sprayer quite a lot. It doesn't hold a lot of water but it is great for dunking in our Water Butt to quickly spray a few plants. Does anyone else still use one ?…Continue
Hello,I've started to think that even though we're quite good at growing herbs, a lot of us end up doing pretty limited things with them once we've got them in the kitchen. So I've set up a monthly herb recipe challenge on Fennel & Fern. Each…Continue
I'm getting more and more concerned by the continual poor quality of commercial compost - even from the "Big Name" companies. The stuff is rubbish - full of bits of wood, plastic, nails etc. It has very few nutrients and poor water-retention…Continue
Looking at my outdoor cucumber this morning, I was thinking how " tired " it looked, this led me to think is apparent with a few of my crops. My conclusion is that the recent hot, dry weather has " telescoped " the plants through their life cycle,…Continue
This year my crop was healthy, plentiful and well matched in size and quality. Cooking them was a problem half cooked the skins seperated and fully but not overcooked they broke up and became a bit of a mush, has anyone else had this problem?Continue
My marvellous poppy crop is beginning to show plenty of color!I think I have actually got the six species of seed flowering that I planted in April (using sand to broadcast them) from S Ravine's the seed merchant.The one shown below I have not seen…Continue
I planted two, rather wilted, rhubarb plants in early May. I bought them with two stems on each plant (pinkish in colour) and planted them in the ground (not pots). They established well and now have 8 stems on about 2' long and huge leaves. Will…Continue
I am on the East Coast-is it too late to get another couple of rows of peas in? If so what sort? It has been a great year here for peas and it is so unusually warm. My granddaughters eat my peas as fast as I pick them. One day I might even get round to cooking some
this is the second year of beating the dreaded fly by sowing autumn king at the beginning of june instead of march /may i was given this tip from a chap when we got talking about veg growing and i mentioned that for a few years my carrots were ruined i tried shielding them with high sides mixed spring onions marigolds but with not much success however last year and this i seem to be doing ok fingers crossed