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  1. Deborah
    January 1, 2014 @ 1:20 pm

    Divine….I love, love, LOVE the nigella!!! Definitely getting ready to plan the 2014 season here in the states. As always, you give excellent inspiration!!

  2. Nik
    October 24, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    Ah, you have an uncanny ability to provide just the right post at just the right time! I was offered an allotment space this morning, and have spent the last hour thinking ‘oh crikey, now how do I quickly learn about planting a cut flower patch’, then saw this post. Bingo!

    Just one teeny question – what do you use for mulch? Does it matter? Muchos gracias as ever for your unending wisdom.

    • Ben
      October 24, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

      Ha! Hi Nik, You can use ordinary garden compost…or leaf mulch…or you may find you can get recycled soil improver from your local council depot…loads of them do this now…dirt cheap (excuse the pun)…I tend to use the council stuff. Make a BIG compost area on your Lotty and then you’ll be able to use your own compost next year…if you can, add some straw to your compost to make it less rich. :)

  3. Terri
    October 23, 2012 @ 12:51 am

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for all the info. Waiting for more Higgledy gems in the hibernating months! For now, could you advise me on “pinching out”. When should I pinch, what should I pinch and where should I pinch?

    Many thanks, Terri

    • Ben
      October 23, 2012 @ 7:44 am

      Sure…I shall write a complete post about pinching within the next couple of weeks…though folk have different ideas about what is right and proper in the ‘pinching world’. :)