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Butternut squash- but no sign of fruit

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:22

Mine aren't doing brilliantly this year either.  Most of them only have one or two fruits.

Is this an underground weed?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:10
carol wood wrote (see)

Is it bindweed ?

That would be my guess too.  If so, you'll need to let it grow so that it has plenty of leaves, spray those leaves with a systemic weedkiller such as glyphosate and then wait until it dies down, giving time for the weedkiller to travel down to the roots.  It's a pernicious weed and some will still grow back which you will have to treat the same way.

Fingers crossed that it isn't bindweed as you'll have a battle on your hands if it is. If positively identified as this, avoid rotovating at all costs as every little piece will grow into a new plant.

Edit: just seen your photo after I posted.  Not bindweed thankfully!  Might be daylilies which can be invasive.

symbols for emotions

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 16:05

Yes, they have multiple interpretations depending on which forums you've used before.  Different folk can use them differently so the real answer is: "it depends!"


Posted: 27/08/2015 at 15:14

Hi Sue and welcome!  Mushrooms/toadstools break down woody matter and are nothing to worry about.  I wouldn't recommend eating them unless you are 100% sure of identification but they won't poison the soil or any crops which you grow; very few mushrooms are deadly poisonous but many will give you an upset stomach.  In fact, without fungi we would all be several metres deep in dead leaves and twigs as fungi break most of these down and return the goodness to the soil for plants to re-use.

symbols for emotions

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 14:53

Hi Logan, here's my take:

Happy or good intentions intended.

Very happy.

'Knowing' wink.  Often used when giving tried and trusted advice.


Very unhappy.


Blushing (eg embarrassed.)

Unsure (eg how did that happen?)


Referring to a comment above or rolling eyes (as in 'I knew that would happen!)

Referring to a comment above and probably disagreeing.

Referring to a comment above and strongly disagreeing.

Any of the above 3 can also be used as in "looking up at the heavens."

"Erm, I really didn't expect that!" or weird.

same as ?





Verdun  (eg I might not have really meant what I wrote)

Verdun in a different mood!

I shall say nothing!

not sure about this one..

Happy and carefree (as if on holiday)

Clever clogs






Plant problems

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 14:37

It's always better to underwater than overwater cstonenw5 as most plants can survive an occasional lack of watering but many will be killed by overwatering.  My "rule of thumb" is to stick my finger in the compost;  If it dry an inch down then water otherwise leave alone.


Posted: 27/08/2015 at 13:00

Yes, plant out now.  It's a bit late for the brussels to be honest and you may not get sprouts but beetroot are fast growing and should give you a crop.  Plant the brussels deep, right up to where the the bottom leaves emerge from the stem and firm them in really well.  Plant the beetroot at the same depth as they came.  Both will appreciate a high-nitrate fertilizer with a liquid feed best right now as it can be taken in by the plant immediately.

Shrub ID

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:43

Possibly one of the Osmanthus (aka holly olive.)  Can you remember if it had flowers and, if so, what they were like?

Espaliered Apple Tree Recommendations for SW France

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:35

I don't think cold will be an issue as apples are as tough as they come in that respect and actually require a certain length of cold weather but summer heat might be an issue although your irrigation system will undoubtedly help.  Look at the Orange Pippin site for advice on suitable varieties.  These are recommended for southern Europe:

They can also give you advice on which of those varieties are suitable for training as espaliers.

begonia's what s the best ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:22

Tuberous begonias are actually enlarged hypocotyls (seedling stems) as are cyclamen just to confuse the issue further.   Really rolls off the tongue doesn't it!

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