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Fiona Kennedy's forum posts

Total number of forum posts: 135


Tomatoes and brassicas

from Fi

Hi Jo
I'm new to this, although I joined some time ago. I'm about to sow some Moneymaker and some cherry tomato varieties. I intend to start them on the kitchen windowsill until its warm enough for a 3 tier greenhouse I have. Should I plant them in the ground after that, or are grow bags better?
I read yesterday that a general fertilizer is good for all veggies, and brassicas at this time. I bought some Growmore granules, easy to throw around and hoe in!
I'm just digging out new veggie beds, and have bought two link a bord raised beds which are really easy and hopefully will protect salads.
Hope to swap notes.
Thanks Fi x

  • Posted: Mon. 23rd March 2009 17:13

Belated thanks!

from Fi

Hi Nicola, I put this reply on my post but in case you miss it:-

Thanks Jason, and Nicola!
Reply to this post by Fi

Hi Jason
I was thrilled to get your response and it has been extremely helpful! I should have written a quick note of thanks straight away, but instead I drew a plan incorporating your veggie suggestions and then went out and started digging out the new beds!! My potatoes are already chitting nicely, and I'll be incorporating some home compost and growmore before planting the brassica seeds in situ next weekend. So huge thanks indeed - felt very special having a Chelsea winner talk to me!
Also - I've decided to feature the Amelanchier using the multi-stem method - I presume I have to cordon it at the height I want? It is lovely, saw one at Hampton Court last year and bought one straight away.

Thank you Nicola, this is such a great idea and I intend becoming much more involved. Perhaps for next time, a little box at the side where you can click on 'active topics' or posts where they are currently being answered might be good? Or even, v hopeful this, the possibility of interactive chat??
Good luck - heard you too on Three Counties,hope you're coming on again with Jill soon.
x
You could have a margin for questions of a few days before the forum event, but to do it as a continuous project may be too large!

  • Posted: Mon. 23rd March 2009 17:01

Thanks Jason, and Nicola!

from Fi

Hi Jason
I was thrilled to get your response and it has been extremely helpful! I should have written a quick note of thanks straight away, but instead I drew a plan incorporating your veggie suggestions and then went out and started digging out the new beds!! My potatoes are already chitting nicely, and I'll be incorporating some home compost and growmore before planting the brassica seeds in situ next weekend. So huge thanks indeed - felt very special having a Chelsea winner talk to me!
Also - I've decided to feature the Amelanchier using the multi-stem method - I presume I have to cordon it at the height I want? It is lovely, saw one at Hampton Court last year and bought one straight away.

Thank you Nicola, this is such a great idea and I intend becoming much more involved. Perhaps for next time, a little box at the side where you can click on 'active topics' or posts where they are currently being answered might be good? Or even, v hopeful this, the possibility of interactive chat??
Good luck - heard you too on Three Counties,hope you're coming on again with Jill soon.
x

  • Posted: Mon. 23rd March 2009 16:21

Shady vegetables/fruit

from Fi

Hallo, what a marvellous opportunity!
I have a shady but fertile site, rather dry, north-facing approx 2m x 3m. Are there any vegetables and/or fruit bushes or trees that will grow there?
Also, I want to make a feature of an Amelanchier Lanarkii in the garden, how much spread must I allow?
Thanks Fiona
Sat morning 10.44 Is anyone there? I can't see any activity?

  • Posted: Fri. 20th March 2009 20:51
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Paper Birch

from Fi

I was given a birch, alleged to be silver, but it looks like a paper birch to me. Does anyone know where I can give it away to/plant it, so that I don't have to waste it. It is very attractive in foliage, but will be much too big.

  • Posted: Sun. 23rd September 2007 12:36
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Philadelphus - Mock Orange

from Fi

I consulted a gardening expert (on Three Counties Radio! Sat mornings 9-12) yesterday on my leggy philadelphus.
He said you can coppice these after flowering (Apr/May) to about a third of their height, and get fresh leafy growth for the next year. He suggested doing this every two years, taking only a third off each alternate year. Has anyone tried this?

  • Posted: Sun. 23rd September 2007 12:35
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Thanks for help

from Fi

Thanks Cris - that's really useful. Limiting size to 1.2m makes the task less daunting too. My daughter wants one for herself too - good news!

  • Posted: Sun. 23rd September 2007 12:23

Thanks

from Fi

Thanks Eric, that's really helpful. At least I know what the enemy is called now! Just made some greengage jam as despite mould problems, have too many to eat at once! Tastes like nectar.
The upside of the mouldy fruit on the trees, is it attracts red admiral butterflies - lovely!

  • Posted: Sun. 23rd September 2007 12:19

Greengage trees

from Fi

I have three greengage trees which fruit well, but in August before they ripen many of the fruit turn mouldy - too many to pick off. Also in previous years much of the fruit has contained tiny maggots next to the stone. Needless to say we now cut them open and destone before eating! They are delicious though and any tips for saving more fruit would be welcome. Two of the trees are quite old.

  • Posted: Wed. 19th September 2007 14:37
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What type of soil?

from Fi

I haven't had much success either. Can anyone tell me what type of soil, how much watering and whether it's best in part shade or full sun?

  • Posted: Wed. 19th September 2007 14:29