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re- what to grow next year

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 12:19

Simon, the 'fartichoke' thing is genetic - either you are affected or aren't.  I am, but that has never stopped me from eating them - superb roasted!  Once you plant them they are there forever though (barring glyphosate) - I still have them coming up in my fuit patch even though Ive been digging every one up as soon as I see it for 6 or 7 years.

I agree about climbing French beans but they are a bit picky about the weather so growing several types every year is good insurance against one of them giving a poor crop.  Cobra usually do well for me but were pitiful last year.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 09:39

I'll lift the red one, Verdun, but the others will have to take their chances - 50/50 judging by previous years (providing I keep the slugs off, otherwise it's zero!) 

Chicky, I find them easy from seed but do raise them in the conservatory as the seedlings are very sensitive to cold and snuff it even at the mere mention of frost!  I grow them on to be quite large plants (12" tall in 5" pots) before planting out.

Thanks for the kind comments - late clematis, dahlias, cosmos and geranium wallichainum are the mainstays in my garden for colour from now to the frosts.

Whats the difference,Fresh or green.

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 22:29

As my OH always seems to be in the bathroom when I need it, my compost heap has a very useful second function!   Some folk are a bit put off by the thought of using compost that has been thus watered so I tend not to mention it to non-gardeners (even though urine is sterile at the point of exit..)

Caterpillars

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 22:14

The bottom one is the caterpillar of the Great White butterfly, common on brassicas.  First one is a bit out of focus so tricky, but probably a moth caterpillar?

Sparrows!

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 22:00

Hi goldfinch, wrens are much smaller than house sparrows which are about the same size as bullfinches, but less colourful.  The male is a bit more striking, but still mainly brown.  You can tell a wren by its short sticking-up tail. This is quite a nice site for identifying common British birds:

http://www.garden-birds.co.uk/

The house sparrow used to be extremely common but has been in decline for the last few decades and has gone completely from some areas.

Ants on rose - why?

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 21:43

Sara, they follow the hormone trails of each other so there may have been aphids on it which are now gone, but the ants will just keep following the trail for a while.  I saw a nature program where some (Army ants I think) broke of from the main trail and formed a circle - they eventually died of starvation.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 21:38

Star at the minute is this viticella clematis Purpurea Plena Elegans - I cut this one completely down to the ground every year.  All of those dahlias were grown from seed this year - lovely cheery things.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30941.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

Help identifying this weed, please?

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 21:04

I think the orange one may be our only native orange-flowered plant.  The way the orange one propagates itself by underground runners means it can quickly become a pest.  I manage to keep it under control though (just.) 

Plum tree

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 19:18

It's a tad too late to prune it this year in my opinion as you risk Silver leaf disease, Derrick.  You also need to let it establish so I would have left it unpruned this year anyway.  Here's a link to pruning fan-trained trees (including plums) from the RHS:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=625

 

clematis in need of identification

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 19:13

Have a couple of those too, waterbutts - Group 2 but another 'good doer'  

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