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Posted: Today at 20:46

I love them to bits which is why I keep buying them and take the losses!  Not tried blanda very often nut, so might give those a go this year.


Posted: Today at 19:28

I find they either come up and then last for a few years or rot and fail to appear at all.  I've tried lots of varieties, pre-soaking for various lengths of time, planting in pots in a cold GH and planting direct.  I've come to the conclusion that a good proportion of dried anemone bulbs sold are simply not viable but those which decide to grow are hardy.  On average, I would say that out of every 50 bulbs I have bought only rougly 10 have grown.  I guess that's why you get lots of them in the bargain bulb mixtures.

Shall I take my spider mites with me?

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 18:53

If you have somewhere enclosed (eg shed, greenhouse) where you could put the box balls and HPs temporarily, then an insecticidal smoke bomb might work.  "Midi Fortefog 'P' Fumer" is reported to kill them, but the bu&&ers may need to be active, so wrong time of the year really.

Basil Problems - Dying Leaves and Little Black Insects

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 18:43

When I zoom in on the dead sections I see some webbing which leads me to believe you have an infestation of spider mite which also matches with the damage visible on the sickly-looking leaves.  You'll need a magnifying glass to see them.  Only cure (on edible crops) is predator mites but they are very expensive and probably hard to get at this time of the year.  Personally I would dump the plant and start again - basil is only short lived and I've never managed to keep one going for more than a year.

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Broad Beans Aquadulce

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 19:17

Broad beans need to be pollinated by bees to form pods.  I read somewhere that it's possible to simulate this by gently flicking each flower as they don't need cross-pollinating with another plant but the visit by a bee activates a sort of physical 'trigger' in the flower which allows pollen to get from the stamen onto the anther.

Edit: found a link:

Last edited: 15 January 2017 19:20:04

Snowdrops and Cyclamen coum

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 18:57

I find grouping things separately in several different sized groups helps with the natural look.  Of course, nature takes it's own course after that, but it's a good start as bulbs and corms tend to colonise areas, spreading outwards from random single starting points in nature (eg from where a bird drops a seed.)

Holly leaves

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 18:46

Snap, nut!

Holly leaves

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 18:45

Holly is in the Angiosperm group (flowering plants) but pines are in a completely different  group called Gymnosperms (conifers, cycads and related) so there is no link.

fruits and veggie on a balcony

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 18:03

Hi Paolo and welcome!
There are plenty of fruit trees which can be grown in pots and so would be suitable for your balcony.  If you search for 'patio fruit trees' you should find lots of suppliers, some on Amazon who may deliver to Paris.

Many, many types of vegetables can be grown in containers, bags, boxes or pots.  Again, the keyword (at least for english web sites) is 'patio', so google for 'patio vegetable seeds' to find suppliers.  Lots of folk on here grow vegetables in containers and I'm sure can help further.

Raspberry conundrum...

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 17:52

Fully agree fidgetbones.  As the Glen ample won't fruit in 2017 because of being completely cut down, I would suggest moving those and perhapscreating a new bed for them.  This will allow the Polka to colonise the bed and you won't need to worry about the the two types becoming mixed, which will certainly happen.

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