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Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 18:35

It's not himalayan balsam which have small flower spikes.  Pretty sure it's a sunflower going by the large bud shape and leaves.

Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 18:22

Sunflowers I think.

Clematis Seeds

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 16:23

Also, the majority of seeds won't be viable - only the larger ones are likely to germinate.  Here's a photo of one of mine which is nearly ready (seeds are turning brown) - I'd only expect the two obvious large seeds to grow:


Something is eating my tomatoes!

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 19:08

Another possibility is caterpillars of the tomato moth (Bright-line Brown-eye moth):

They are experts at hiding and the only real remedy is to pick them off by hand - if you can find them!  They tend to hide along supports and string and are mainly nocturnal.

Can't identify Blackcurrant bush disease

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 00:36

It's difficult to see from the photo's but I suspect it is woolly scale insects (Pulvinaria vitis.)  The white waxy blobs are created by the female to protect her eggs.  Most insecticides are ineffective against the waxy coating and it's inadvisable to use those on edible fruit bushes anyway so my advice would be to rub them off with your fingers, squashing the female and her eggs in the process.  A small stiff brush may help.  You could also try a winter tree wash around Christmas time.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 00:08

Thanks for the vote of confidence zoomer  but I'm pretty sure Ann was referring to this clip in the projects section of the website and I just (roughly) transcribed what Monty Don said:

Help with planning my garden

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 19:47

Hi Patsy, check that you haven't accidentally 'ignored' Fairygirl as it's very easy to do.  Go to 'My settings' (at the top right of the page) then to 'Forum settings' and then look in the 'Members I am ignoring' box.  If Fairygirl is in there click the red 'x remove' and things will be fixed.

Onion Squash

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 23:14

Yes, cook it like a butternut - they are delicious!

Growing On Shallots & Garlic

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:53

I grew shallots this year from bulbs harvested last year.  The plants grew just as well as the original 'seed' shallots.  However, I will be buying new bulbs for next year as I want to try a different variety.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:46

Hi Ann, A quick precis of what Monty says in that clip:

  • Quarter-fill an old compost bag (bin liners usually aren't stong enough) with good quality compost.  Roll the sides of the bag down to suit.
  • Plant 3 seed potatoes (chitted for main crop types but no need to chit early types) and just cover them with enough compost so they are in the dark.  3 is enough and you won't get a larger crop by planting more.
  • Water them, ensuring there are drainage holes in the bag, poke a knife in a few times to make them.
  • As the green foliage appears, add more compost to completely bury it and unroll the bag as you go. Keep doing the same every couple of weeks or so until the bag is full.  Water them regularly.
  • After about 90 days they will be ready to harvest.

From me: Main crop types will take a bit longer - about another month.

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