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Talkback: Ragwort

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 16:08

My wife constantly has me pulling the stuff out of our grazing field when she spots it.. it's also pretty hard to kill by the way, most home use weed killer like glyphosate doesn't touch it. 

Fairly easy to control though, it's more of a problem if it gets hold in an field it can be a nightmare to get rid of.




Rhubarb on allotment...

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 14:23

remember rhubarb should be pulled and not chopped off to harvest so it doesn't leave stuff to rot. Grab a stem low down and pull and twist and it should come away. 


As my grandad would say the more muck the better.. i manure around mine every winter.

Mysteriously beautiful plant!

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 14:13

Cucumber.. or possibly melon but probably cucumber as it's not as trailey as most melons.


my melon

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 19:29

The female flowers have a bulge at the base, where the male ones don't.


Posted: 24/06/2014 at 15:32

speaking of yellow and red, i got some Aquilegia Rhubarb and Custard seeds from suttons, really pretty little aquilegia. 

my melon

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 11:56

I grow mine in the greenhouse and let them scramble along the staging. You can also train them virtically but you'd need to make a supporting net for the melons if you do it that way. I tend to wait till there is 2 or 3 fruit on one plant then pinch out the tips further along to make sure the fruit develop nicely. 

 Also with melons i find they need a hand pollinating so i get a makeup brush and pollinate the female flowers by hand.





Posted: 24/06/2014 at 11:50

Nut do they often come true? For me i have so many different colours/types that the seeds could end up absolutely anything.. If i want to give someone a specific type i find it better to just divide and give them a division.




Posted: 16/06/2014 at 10:26

So many people seem to have never tasted gooseberries. No idea why, when i was young i used to pick my granddads, and now grow my own. I've never understood why they shops never sell them either.. I assume it's because they are so easy to grow yourself that anyone who wants them just grows their own. 

Mini greenhouse basics

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 10:29

I was always told for chilies to let them dry out between waterings, almost to the point where they begin to wilt. Seems to work for mine, i've got some good fruits already on all my peppers and chilies.



What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 10:26

For me the lupins are now taking over from the aquilegia which have been fantastic for the last month.. Oh and as always my various heuchera are looking particularly good too.

Discussions started by AndytheScientist

Geranium pratense 'Purple Haze'

Got seedlings but their not purple... 
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ID on Weed/Plant

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Growing melons in a greenhouse

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Sowing Ornamental Grasses

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Best Base for Greenhouse?

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