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First Allotment winter

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 18:29

Connie, remove all the perennial weeds - dandelions, field buttercup etc and hoe the rest down before they seed (if they haven't already.)  If you aren't sure which weeds you have, post a few photos and we'll ID them for you.

exploding pumpkin

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 18:24

It could have been slightly damaged (eg tiny insect hole) and infected by a yeast spore - the warm windowsill would effectively make it start fermenting inside and when the pressure got too great - bang!  Same as a bottle of wine will if fermentation hadn't stopped and it was bottled too early (that happened to me - elderberry wine stains still visible in the garage after 20 years!)

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 13:24

I must remember to grow some asters next year after seeing those happymarion!  I have plenty of Michaelmas daisies coming out now but I do love the larger flowered ones.  I grew Purple Tower (if I remember the name correctly - can't seem to find seeds now, only Pink Tower) from seed a few years back and they were stunning - strong healthy plants with large, double, violet flowers.

 

Acorns

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 11:09

If the garden centre is out of squirrels, jays and pigs, a garden vac might be worth a try.   Most of them can be also be switched to blow mode so you get a leaf-blower for free. 

Runners on new strawberry plants

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 11:02

Thirded!  I find Honeoye are one of the varieties which you need to keep an eye on as far as nipping-out runners is concerned as they seem to keep producing them for most of the year.  Just had a look at my strawberry raised beds and it looks like I need to get some vine weevil predators watered in fast while the weather holds - quite a few leaves showing typical damage from adults - notches eaten out of leaf edges..

Dahlias - do they all have tubers?

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 10:54

Tubers are basically swollen roots which act as a food store, so the unswollen ends of the roots look just like normal plant roots.  I grow all my dahlias from seed each year and they all produce tubers, but late-sown ones may not have time to produce large enough tubers to survive the Winter by the time the frosts come.  Regular dead-heading will encourage tuber formation as if seeds are allowed to form the plant may decide to put all of its energy into those instead - plants do whatever is most efficient in order to reproduce or survive.

Identify a plant

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 10:45

Hi Shelley, it's Lords & Ladies aka Cuckoo Pint (Arum maculatum) a British wild plant.  The poisonous berries contain seeds which make this plant spread rather invasively, so I always remove the stems as soon as the berries look like they'll start falling, but do leave them as long as possible to admire their beauty. 

kiwi fruit

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 18:36

The RHS say pruning is important to help them produce fruit.  Their very detailed advice is here:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=600

I have to hack mine back hard and often (and with no ill effects) as they are rampant!  They are a tough plant.

Site is not working

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 18:49

If using a PC, pressing Ctrl-F5 seems to help in Internet Explorer.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 09:42

Forum hardly working at all - just hot threads used with refresh.  Nothing else operates here..

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Bilberry

Flowering in September 
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