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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.

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 13:58

Another ex-Beeb with same name here.

Football season - 2014

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 13:32

The players have a fantastic team spirit and there are no moody over-paid 'prima donnas' which is probably why they are doing so well. 

Football season - 2014

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:45

David, Liverpool played very well, probably the best team we have played on the day while our strikers seemed off-colour.  Thanks Jo and Verdun - our fans have their feet firmly on the ground and we'll only be happy once we are safe from relegation!  I think most of us wiill be ecstatic if we finish mid-table and a top five finish would be a dream come true! Man City up next, so another tough game on Tuesday!

Help needed with diseased tree

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 11:02

Hi Tony, It looks like it might be a cherry tree of some kind.  With the different appearance of the lower and upper trunk, it looks like it has been grafted and the graft has failed, very probably by being infected with bacterial canker:

As you can see from the RHS advice above, there is now no treatment available so the best course of action would be to replace the tree, unfortunately.  Even if Bordeaux Mixture were available, a lesion on the main trunk like this would not respond.


Bushing oak trees...

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 16:05

Charlie, why not have a go at bonsai with your saplings?  Here's some info for oak:


Christmas Present Fail

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 12:54

I'm hoping for a family of Robins to move in Verdun!


Vine weevils

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 11:27

Hi all,, I've just come in from spreading the contents of a raised (carrot) bed over a large sheet of weed membrane for the birds to pick over.

The contents included all of my remaining carrots (about 50) which I discovered have been half-eaten by bloody vine weevil grubs when I harvested my Christmas dinner veg yesterday!  I've never had them attack carrots before.  I think I'll use nematodes in the spring when I refill the bed as there may still be some in there as I only took the top 30cm off (the bed is more than twice that height.)

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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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Cutting ID

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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Replace or cut back hard? 
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New trees 
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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!

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