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Happy New Year Everyone

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 00:01

Happy New Year everyone!

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 22:17

Main benefits of F1 seeds are uniformity of root size (eg consistently larger), disease resistance, pest resistance and vigour.  I mainly grow maincrop carrots and have tried a lot of varieties, Kingston F1 being the best I've found. 

Disappearing Anenomes

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 22:10

Even after soaking anenome corms before planting, I find they can be reluctant to grow and hard to establish, especially on heavy soils.  The advice given above to start them in pots and then plant out is sound and has worked well for me.

Topbird, if you collect the seeds from any of your cyclamen which came back, they are easy to grow and will soon look after themselves once established.  I started with a packet of mixed hardy type seeds and now have them everywhere.  I would only buy potted cyclamen plants and not corms due to the issues you mention.

Just make sure they are c.coum or c.hederifolium and you can't go far wrong.

Bug on kalanchoe

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 21:56

What you have there is almost certainly the empty pupal case of a moth form the Tortricidae family (probably the Light Brown Apple Moth, the caterpillar of which eats just about anything.):

Amazing what 5 minutes and Google reverse image search will find.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 22:30

Lizzie, aconites are one of those that will either do well and multiply or will die off.  They are a plant from deciduous woodland so like light in the winter but shade in the summer and don't like being baked in dry soil.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 16:11

Just planted out some tree lilies which have outgrown their 50cm pots.  Decided to re-pot the beautifiu 'Miss Lucy' green and pink tinted white doubles as they'd been in the same pot for 3-4 years and didn't do too well last summer.  Unfortunately I discovered why - they have either rotted or something has eaten them as there was no sign of bulbs in the containers!  Normally I find a few babies even if the main bulb has died, but nothin'

Plant ID

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 15:56

'White clips' has 5-7 nut.  Definitely a Campanula.c. as I recognise the flower buds.

Plant ID

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 15:50

I'd agree with one of the groundcover campanulas (Campanula carpatica.)  Pretty little things and unfussy.

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 22:37

If you grow the early types, you can be pulling 'baby' carrots in just a few weeks.  I only grow maincrop carrots though which I sow in spring and pull continuously from July until the end of the winter.  Carrots are biennials and will flower in their second year - once they start to send up the flower stem (a tall umbellifer) they become tough and inedible.

Corious tree

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 14:00

Ralph, it's a sculpture.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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