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Uh-oh ...

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 15:35

They look like Scots pine seedlings to me.  Any Scots pine or similar trees nearby?

I find they look decorative and do quite well in pots if you don't have room for a large tree.


Posted: 27/06/2015 at 13:37

You were very lucky to spot and photograph it in time Lynne.  Thanks for sharing!

Cauliflower heads loose

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 12:31

Cauli's are probably the most difficult veg to grow well for home gardeners.  The young plants need to be really well firmed-in to produce dense, tight heads which would be difficult in your sandy soil - they are commercially grown in areas with clay soil.  I would harvest and use them as they won't tighten up now.

If you grow them again, try planting the young plants as deeply as you can - right up to the bottom leaves and use your heel all around each one to firm the ground around the stalk.

Yellow Courgettes

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 12:22

I would leave them on as they may green-up when fed.  If they turn brown then nip them off.  Once you start feeding any new leaves should be green - if they aren't check drainage in the containers.  While courgettes are really thirsty plants, they also need good drainage - if the roots stand permanently in wet soggy compost the plants will die.

Yellow Courgettes

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 11:35

Are you growing them in the ground?  They may need feeding if you didn't add anything to the soil before planting.  If in a container they will definitely need regular feeding.  Liquid tomato food would be good.

Weed ID please

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 11:22

I think it is almost certainly Liverwort.  Loves compacted poorly drained areas and shade:

Can be tricky to deal with.

Tulip bulbs

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 19:09

The best chance of getting repeat flowering from tulips is to plant them deep (8 to 10 inches - 20 to 25cm) and leave them there, then there is no need to lift.  As you have already lifted them, they need to be stored somewhere cool (no higher than 20C is probably ideal) and dry until re-planting time in October to December.  Personally I don't have anywhere that stays cool enough so mine stay in the ground or, for 'fancy' types which rarely repeat whatever you do, buy new each year.

Hydrangea Scale protection

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 17:21

It's a sap-sucking insect Lyndsay, but they don't move once they have chosen a place to suck the sap.  The young insects are highly mobile though and may arrive on birds feathers or cross from other hydrangea which are close by, especially if the leaves are touching.

weed annoyance

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 17:16

Does each leaf have 3 lobes?  If so I suspect it is creeping woodsorrel (Oxalis corniculata) and it's tricky to get rid of.  You need to use a hand fork to try and get the roots out as weedkiller isn't very effective.  At the very least pull them up before the flowers set seeds or they will shoot everywhere because the seed pods are spring-loaded!


Veg to sow in summer

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 17:09

Parsnips do need a long growing season and I honestly think the seeds would be wasted if sown now.  I sow mine in early March and they are decent size by Chrstmas.  However, they do grow very well in raised beds with the bonus that they tend to germinate better than they do in the ground, so certainly try some next year.  For this year I would concentrate on salad crops such as lettuce etc.  Beetroot and turnips would also be worth trying as those grow fast.  Hopefully others might chip-in with a few ideas?

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