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weedling or seedling

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 20:27

Is that a tiny flower I can see in the 1st pic?  If so, almost certainly a weed although I can't definitely ID it - possibly one of the nightshades.

Leeks

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 20:20

Agreed.  Pull and eat any which haven't yet bolted as, in my experience, once a few bolt the rest aren't far behind.  They aren't seed pods (yet) but flower buds, so you may as well let the bolted ones flower (which are quite attractive) and then you can collect the seeds later in the year.

Weeds in the GH....

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 20:16

I'd be tempted to dig out the greenhouse borders and line them with plastic (one of my uses for the many old MP compost bags I have!)  I do it because there are roots from a large Ash tree running under my GH and they send feeding roots up into the GH borders if I don't line them.  There are a couple of added bonuses:  the lining helps to retain moisture so I don't have to water as often now, and it makes it easier to replace the old soil which I do every 3 years or so.

Surprise tomato plant!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 20:06

The white mottling looks like leaf miner damage but is nothing to worry about.  I got this on one of mine nearest the greenhouse door where something had obviously flown in and laid eggs.  It only affected part of one leaf and didn't spread.

When is a parsnip not a parsnip?

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 21:20

The one in the middle and the leaf to the upper right are tomatoes!

ivy or not ivy that is the question

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 21:18

It might be fat hen (a weed) - the stuff gets everywhere around here.  The good news is that it is edible.  The leaves do look a bit too shiny though, so not 100% sure.  See this photo:

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/whiteknightsbiodiversity/2011/11/11/fat-hen-pesky-weed-or-nutritious-fare/#jp-carousel-1708

 

Topless Tomato

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 15:16

I agree with Mel - tomatoes are rather variable in their genetics.  I see this more often on some varieties than others - Black Russian being one.  If a sideshoot develops it will become the leader but if you have already pinched those out, there's nothing you can do unfortunately.

step over pear trees

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 14:42

Yes, or two different varieties.  I think you can even get 'dual espaliers' with two varieties grafted onto one rootstock.  You'd need to check with the suppliers that where the graft is made would be low enough for training as step-overs though.

 

weevils on broccoli

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 14:35

Are the grubs 'C' shaped?  If so, it's vine weevil and you can't use vine weevil killer on edible crops but could try nematodes.  However, I fear it will be too late to save your crops for this year but treating with nematodes should help prevent the problem next season.  Alternatively, you can tip out all of the affected tubs onto a large plastic sheet, spread the compost thinly and let the birds have a feast.

As an aside, it is very rare for vine weevils to attack things grown in the ground, but they LOVE anything grown in containers, unfortunately. 

step over pear trees

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 14:20

Most of the suppliers sell very young ones which are effectively an espalier with just one layer and you will need to make a post and wire system to continue to tie them in and prune them properly.  I would estimate it would be 3 years before they would have grown enough to begin fruiting.  You can buy older ones which have been pre-trained and those are very expensive but should fruit within a couple of years (you would remove any fruits the first year after planting to allow them to establish their roots.)

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