Adam Pasco

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Talkback: Microgreens on your window sill

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 11:53
Yes you do need seeds, but if you shop around you can usually find some great bargains.

And of course you can grow your own seeds. I always leave a few coriander, rocket, mizuna, watercress plants and others to bolt, flower and set seed. Beneficial insects like hoverflies love their flowers, feeding on their pollen and nectar. By the end of the summer you'll be able to collect masses of seed ... for free!

Talkback: Small trees for gardens

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 15:35
Hi James. Yes 'Amanogawa' is a lovelyy columnar flowering cherry. I used to have one in the front garden of previous house. However, I do think some other small trees provide colour and interest over more seasons than cherries. Personally I think better options are rowans (flowers,berries and autumn foliage colour) and crab apples.

Talkback: Small trees for gardens

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 15:35
Hi oldchippy. Hope you find a good replacement. Cedar does look lovely when it's small ... but it grows!

Talkback: New year gardening resolutions

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 12:24

I like that one oldchippy! I think they'll be a lot of us joining you too. Yes, like it or not, 2014 has certainly started as The Year of the Water Garden!

Talkback: New year gardening resolutions

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 20:51

Looks like we're all going to have a productive time ahead.

What other resolutions do people have in store for 2014?

Talkback: Christmas chilli

Posted: 25/12/2013 at 20:22
I've just found a recipe for Brussels sprouts with chilli, garlic and lemon. Has anyone tried it?

Talkback: Putting hardy gerberas to the test

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 17:48
Hi little-ann. The lovely Garvinea gerberas should grow perfectly well in borders, although I've only grown them in pots.

To be honest, the temperature of soil in most borders may not drop as low as that in pots, so provided the site doesn't get waterlogged in winter I don't see any reason why they shouldn't flourish.

Bug id please.

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 22:38

Beautiful picture Fidgetbones. My first guess is the same as Daintiness, as I think this is an Ichneumon Wasp. I've only ever seen one once before, so I can't really say they're common. They are very valuable natural predators, as their larvae eat garden pests. The female of some species lay their eggs inside other insects too. Sadly I'm no expert, so hopefully there's one out there who could give us more information about this striking insect.


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 11:03

I'd certainly recommend you try growing some of the self-fertile varieties of runner bean next year, like 'Moonlight' and 'Firestorm'. I think these varieties may have been bred by crossing runner beans with French beans, as these are often more self-fertile and don't require bee pollination. Certainly worth a try. I haven't grown any this year, but if anyone else reading this has tried either 'Moonlight' or 'Firestorm' perhaps they could let us all know how they got on.

Talkback: Growing courgettes

Posted: 18/08/2013 at 09:38
Yes you're right Welshonion, but growing the self-fertile variety Parthenon should help as every female flower will set fruit without needing to be pollinated.

Discussions started by Adam Pasco

Talkback: Christmas chilli

I've just found a recipe for Brussels sprouts with chilli, garlic and lemon. Has anyone tried it? 
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Last Post: 06/02/2014 at 17:10

New flowers to recommend

Can you recommend a new variety of flowering plant to others? 
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Last Post: 25/10/2012 at 10:39

Talkback: Glow-worms

Now that's one creature I've never had the pleasure of discovering. How exciting. I've stood for many an hour in the past looking upwards i... 
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Last Post: 21/08/2012 at 21:50

Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Good advice, Kate. And it's not just bird feeders that must be kept clean, but bird baths too. Possibly it's even more important to keep bir... 
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