Mudketeer’s diary- 10th Sept 2018

Saving seed It’s that time of year again when we can save lots of seed for sowing next season. Here I have collected lots of coriander seeds. Just off a few plants I probably got about 300 seeds and if I bought the equivilent seed that would probably cost me […]

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Garden harvest basket

We loved this perforated garden harvest basket which we reviewed in the September 2018 issue. It is made from polypropylene and is available in 4 litre and 15 litre sizes. The legs can be folded when harvesting and extended for storage inside. It has neutral base with lime coloured folding […]

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Cuckoo spit problem

My rosemary plant has what looks like white foamy spit on the stems. What is causing this? Mrs R Peters, Dorset This is called cuckoo spit as it often appears in spring around about the time you start hearing cuckoos calling. It is common on certain plants such as lavender […]

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Protect Brussels sprouts

How do I protect my brassicas, they always get eaten? Several rows of young Brussels sprout plants were destroyed overnight by something Mr H Graham, Suffolk Brussels, cabbages and in fact all brassicas are prone to damage by pigeons and cabbage white caterpillars. The only way to prevent the damage […]

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Steps to success

An old step ladder can make a high rise edible feature for your garden Old wooden step ladders make great supports for plants and can look really special all planted up. They are particulary good for small gardens giving space to go upwards rather than outwards. Wooden step ladders can […]

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Basil backfill

Herb gardens can be colour as well as productive Here we have a herb garden with rosemary in the foreground but also tansy and yellow flowered calendulas and a sprinkling of dark leaved basil. A good variety to chose would be ‘Dark Opal’. Sown in cell trays or small pots […]

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Scented walkway

Why not make the pathways on your veg patch productive too. Grow thymes and chamomile between some stepping stones The carpet formingThymus serphyllum is best as it forms a tight mat that is smothered in pink flowers. A white flowered thyme called ‘Snowdrift’ is also good and produces its flowers […]

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