Latest posts by AndytheScientist

1 to 10 of 223

Bee & Butterfly Friendly Plants

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 16:16

At this time if year my Ceanothus literally buzzes as you walk past it. They grow pretty fast if you want a large shrub for the area.

Red valerian

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 15:56

Valerian is literally one of the easiest plants in the world to propagate from cuttings. Just take some now of the dark red one you want and you'll have loads of plants by the end of the summer.


Last edited: 14 June 2016 16:00:03

Cat mint / Nepeta

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 15:43

Isn't it just Nepeta cataria (Catnip) that cats like, cause it contains nepetalactone, where as most Nepeta bought for their folliage/flowers don't contain this chemical so have no effect on cats what so ever?

rhubarb leaf problems

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 15:57

Is it like rust? Sometimes rhubarb leaves can get this, but you can just pull the stalk and get rid of those effected.

I've also sometimes had rhubarb stalks emitting sticky sap, which forms globules on the stalks that goes quite hard. This is just sap, that is leaking out when the stalk splits due to irratic growth/watering, and is usually weather related. The plant is still perfectly find and is safe to eat. 

Could also be related to the rhubarb weavil?

Last edited: 26 May 2016 16:02:08

lawn weeds

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 15:11

Could also be ground ivy which is even harder to get rid of by all accounts.

Could also be dovesfoot cranesbill. Which persists due to seeds in the soil so will take multiple seasons to get rid of it. 

lawn weeds

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 15:03

Sounds a bit like speedwell. If it is i'd use a weed and feed, but will most likely need multiple applications over the year. 

Last edited: 26 May 2016 15:06:02

Christmas Tree: How do I keep it alive?

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 15:23

Was it pot grown or containerized? There is a big difference, a pot grown tree has spent all it's time in a pot and will be used to it, and probably would only need to be potted on into something a bit bigger.

Most potted christmas trees are not container grown, instead they are grown in the ground, dug up, roots trimmed and stuck on a pot and shipped out for xmas. They are effectively like bare root trees. Alot won't survive long term but will survive over xmas. 

I would bet that it's a containerized tree rather than a pot grown, looking at the size of it. I would get it planted in the ground and cross your fingers if i was you. 

Raised vegetable beds

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 16:35

I have to say i'm becoming more selective on what i grow. To get a space in my plot it now has to offer superior flavour over what i can buy locally. So things like spuds, onions just are not worth it, parsnips may go the same way this year i'll decide. Either that or i'd rather devote space to high value produce that's expensive in the shops like soft fruit.

Other things i really like growing are carrots as they taste so good out the ground, broad beans, peas, beetroots, salad crops. Winter squash, leeks and broccoli, make the cut as they are so low maintenance, and you can grow much tastier varieties than those available commercially.

Then in the greenhouse toms, cucumbers, chilli's and peppers. I'm ditching melons from the greenhouse this year.





Posted: 07/12/2015 at 16:28

I'd agree with treehugger80 go for a fruit tree orchard. Most modern root stocks won't get more than 2-3m high, so no one can possible moan about them blocking light. Even larger trees like cherries on the commercially available root stocks will not get more than about 4M tall in 20 years time!

In a plot that size you could easily get few apples, a couple of plums, a cherry, couple of pears etc. Whatever floats your boat. 

Recentlyplanted apple tree very ill!!!

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 10:25

I'd agree remove the fruit this year, if you really want to try an apple just leave 1 or 2 max.

Did you winter prune the plant after it was planted? Usually with 2 year old plants these should be pruned at planting time. I planted some 2 year old bare root apples/plums and pears this winter too, most had been pruned by the supplier before shipping but some still needed doing.

If the were not done I'd prune them back a bit now which will encourage growth further down the branches, and stop the branches getting too long and week.  Remember the branches need to be pretty thick and strong to hold fruit. 

1 to 10 of 223

Discussions started by AndytheScientist

Geranium pratense 'Purple Haze'

Got seedlings but their not purple... 
Replies: 13    Views: 4462
Last Post: 20/06/2013 at 19:45

ID on Weed/Plant

Replies: 10    Views: 1399
Last Post: 01/06/2013 at 01:09

Growing melons in a greenhouse

Replies: 3    Views: 2531
Last Post: 29/05/2013 at 10:31

Sowing Ornamental Grasses

Replies: 11    Views: 1776
Last Post: 17/04/2013 at 14:30

Best Base for Greenhouse?

Replies: 24    Views: 94658
Last Post: 12/12/2017 at 17:59
5 threads returned