"Hello Thea, I just know that raspberrys hate soggy or chalky soil, so I'm using a good compost with added perlite (for help with drainage). They like a fair amount of sunshine too, so I'm keeping my finger, legs & eyes…"
"Hello again, it seems an age since I was last here, which it probably is. The weather here isn't much better than it was last year, so I decided not to do potatoes this year, last year they all were affected by blight. Instead…"
"We had a heatwave in spring and then the wettest summer for years...gardens & fields flooded and I mean serious flooding. My potatos & tomatoes got blight and had to be destroyed. My runner beans did OK, but the crop was small…"
"Nancy & Thea, I'm glad the link proved useful...Thea, I'm ok, I've had a difficult year. My health caused problems, and the rotten summer season made gardening frustrating. However, hope springs eternal and the sight…"
"My potatoes all had blight, as did my tomato plants. Runner beans have been OK, but not as good as experienced in other years. I've found it all very disappointing.
For me the best crops this year have been the Olympics &…"
Hi Christine nice to hear from you. I hope we can all benefit from swapping ideas and advice about our common interest,. gardening. I found this site to appear to have such a lot of lovely sounding people on it, not like some I have come across. I have looked at other UK based sites but nothing is as good, with as many members and/ or they are connected heavily with advertising or a manufacturer with a vested interest. I hope we can develop the UK side even more. Not sure how to go about it and asked for comment from the website creators but got no answer. I love to have people from other parts of the world as members of the UK site , as we are members on theirs, but you have to go through all of them to find out which are actually from the UK. I am trying to think of a way to simplify that and somehow list all who have a UK address separately, still on this site of course as I would not want to break away from it, the members are so beautiful and friendly in what they say and show.
Edward from Rocester, Staffordshire
"Ive done some looking on the net, I think they could be a form of Gladioli nanus, or baby Gladioli. Gladioli or sword lily are South African to tropical Africa. They are really an Iris. A lot plants came in the early days on sailing ships and…"
"Hope you are happy with your impatiens now Clare! Your frost is about 2 weeks behind us then. Last year we had such an early frost--end of Sept! Caught me unawares & lost all my tender perennials. That isn't going to happen this year,…"
"Pole beans are so easy to grow! Just plop the seed in the ground and make sure they have something to climb on. This is a new variety I tried this year. I just love the apricot-colored blooms. (And the beans taste good, too!)"