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What's wrong with my broad beans?

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 10:09
cornelly says:

Looks like white rust similar to that on chrysanths, are there postules on the underside of the leaves, is that what the spots are.

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No, the leaves look the same underneath as on top - covered with yellow spots.  If it was white rust, what would you do? 

Turning a lawn into a wildflower patch

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 14:23

I have a patch of lawn in which I'd like to grow wildflowers, but am a bit confused about various things: 

1) do I have to lift the turf and start from scratch? 

2) can I mix it with bulb planting? If so, does that make a difference to the sort of wildflowers I plant? 

3) I've read that annual wildflowers dont' seed themselves very well in grassy areas, and that I'll just end up with perennial wildflowers.. 

4) in the May issue of Gardeners World, Monty says on P109 that he doesn't mow his long grass till July, but then on P128 (I think) we are advised to mow perennial wildflower patches now. But what if there is a mixture of annual and perennial flowers?   

Please can anyone share some practical experience with me? 

What's wrong with my broad beans?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 14:10

sorry, here's the photo... 

What's wrong with my broad beans?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 14:09

CAn anyone tell me what is wrong with this plant?  As well as spotting on the leaves, the flowers all seem to go black and fall off.  None of the plants have pods on them, and I'd have thought they should by now (autumn-sown). 

Is this how delphiniums grow??

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 14:07

I'm no expert, but they might still be quite young?   Also, I believe the advertised height is a bit approximate - depends on where you have planted them, etc?  I've had one in for three years which is only 2ft high now, though it reached 3-4ft last year despite the advertised height being 120-150cm.  It's in a windy spot with some shade, so I'm not surprised it might not reach full height, or else it will carry on maturing.  

Progress update

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 14:02
KT53 says:

Daniel Haynes says:

Following the changes that were made to the forum last week, here is an update on several of the other issues we weren’t able to fit into that build.

First unread post
We can’t do this at present, unfortunately - this is a complex function to build from scratch in the new system and we have finite resources at our disposal. For now have to prioritise issues which affect accessibility first over those extra functions that are ‘nice to have’. I’m sorry for any annoyance / disappointment this causes.

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 That is a huge disappointment.  First unread post is a fundamental requirement for most boards, particularly when there is a very active thread.  I don't understand how that was overlooked when creating the functional spec for the site.

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Sorry to ask a stupid question, but what is 'first unread post'?  

Using wood ash

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 14:00

To anyone following this post - I read somewhere that it was good for brassicas, so have put some in the brassica bed ahead of planting out.  


Posted: 22/05/2016 at 13:59

I've got some nematodes which are past their sell-by date.  Does anyone know if they will still work?  

Otherwise - I've found egg shells work well, also lamb wool pellets have been really good.  

Using wood ash

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 14:20

Thanks fidgetbones.  Unfortunately I have very little fruit - am more of a veg/herbaceous grower.  Can I use it on any of those? 

Using wood ash

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 21:41
Can I use wood ash in the garden? I'm currently saving it to put in the compost heap in the summer, when cutting the grass, but can I use it in other ways now?
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