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Weed or not!?

Posted: Today at 18:35

Ground elder.  A pernicious weed.  Nuke it with glyphosate then wait until it has completely died before pulling it up to allow time for the weedkiller to go down to the roots.  It will likely re-grow but there will be much less of it - treat each bit the comes up again and eventually you will be rid of it, unless it is coming in from another garden (like mine, from neighbours who do nothing to their garden but cut the grass once a year! )

Watering dried-out pots

Posted: Yesterday at 22:03

Hi all, with the current hot, dry spell some of us are experiencing (no significant rain here for 2-3 weeks), I though I'd share my method of watering pots in which the compost has dried out a lot and shrunk, so when you water them it all runs straight down the sides and out of the bottom!

While the best method is undoubtedly to stand the pots on a tray of water for at least 30 minutes, it's often not practical and is time consuming.

My tip is to create a slurry of multi-purpose compost by mixing a few handfuls of MP compost into a watering can and removing the rose.  When you now water this mixture into the pot, the compost slurry will run into, and quickly block, the gap at the edge of the pot thus allowing the water to soak through much more slowly.  Keep stirring or swirling the slurry about while you pour it in so that it comes out of the spout well-mixed and doesn't settle in the watering can.

Saving peas for seed

Posted: Yesterday at 21:44

Yes, just let them dry inside their pods (best left on the plants) and once completely dry just put them in a paper bag and store somewhere cool-ish (like a drawer in a shed.)  If others around you are also growing peas then they might not all come true, but most will.

Curled new growth on tomato plant

Posted: Yesterday at 21:39

Yes, looks like classic excess feeding.  Tomatoes shouldn't be fed until after the first flowers have appeared and set fruit (tiny green tomatoes appear when the yellow flower petal drops off.)  Once that happens, feed them once a fortnight as directed on the tomorite bottle.  Only water them when the top inch of compost goes dry.  Stick to those simple rules and you'll have no trouble growing toms.

As there appears to be a tomato on that truss, you'll probably be fine now - just don't over water or over feed.

weedling or seedling

Posted: Yesterday at 20:27

Is that a tiny flower I can see in the 1st pic?  If so, almost certainly a weed although I can't definitely ID it - possibly one of the nightshades.

Leeks

Posted: Yesterday at 20:20

Agreed.  Pull and eat any which haven't yet bolted as, in my experience, once a few bolt the rest aren't far behind.  They aren't seed pods (yet) but flower buds, so you may as well let the bolted ones flower (which are quite attractive) and then you can collect the seeds later in the year.

Weeds in the GH....

Posted: Yesterday at 20:16

I'd be tempted to dig out the greenhouse borders and line them with plastic (one of my uses for the many old MP compost bags I have!)  I do it because there are roots from a large Ash tree running under my GH and they send feeding roots up into the GH borders if I don't line them.  There are a couple of added bonuses:  the lining helps to retain moisture so I don't have to water as often now, and it makes it easier to replace the old soil which I do every 3 years or so.

Surprise tomato plant!

Posted: Yesterday at 20:06

The white mottling looks like leaf miner damage but is nothing to worry about.  I got this on one of mine nearest the greenhouse door where something had obviously flown in and laid eggs.  It only affected part of one leaf and didn't spread.

When is a parsnip not a parsnip?

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 21:20

The one in the middle and the leaf to the upper right are tomatoes!

ivy or not ivy that is the question

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 21:18

It might be fat hen (a weed) - the stuff gets everywhere around here.  The good news is that it is edible.  The leaves do look a bit too shiny though, so not 100% sure.  See this photo:

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/whiteknightsbiodiversity/2011/11/11/fat-hen-pesky-weed-or-nutritious-fare/#jp-carousel-1708

 

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