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Indolent Aubergines...

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 17:16

Growing veg in the UK is a bit of an experiment every year I reckon LMS! 

I try and grow a range of things so that if the fabled long, hot summer happens I have things that will appreciate it but if it's a dull cold one then there are other crops to fall back on.  The hard bit for me is 'sacrificing' young plants when it becomes clear that they aren't going to do well in a particular year.  Being a bit of an optimist I always hope for an 'Indian summer' thinking that they might produce but it rarely happens!  Putting all of that TLC into a plant which ends up on the compost heap seems such a shame though.

Indolent Aubergines...

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 23:02

I've had them fruit but they were kept in the greenhouse all year.  I think we need an exceptionally long, warm summer to grow them outside in the UK.  Too many cold spells this year.

Yellow leaves on foxgloves

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 22:57

If they are common foxgloves, they usually die after flowering (they are 'biennial' plants) so that is normal.  If they are a perennial type like 'Illumination pink' then you could try watering and feeding them.  Even the perennial ones only last a few years though.  If you have common foxgloves and want them next year then sprinkle the seeds where you want them to grow and with luck you'll have some germinate before the winter and those which do should flower next year.

My yucca has been run over help please ,please anyone !

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 22:32
Nikki B wrote (see)

Thank you should I cut it off then replant it  sorry for being stupid but ...what's the root  stock 

It will send up new shoots from the rootstock which is below ground AND you can plant the broken bit if you cut off all of the leaves from it.

My yucca has been run over help please ,please anyone !

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 22:30

I agree with fidgetbones.  Also, if you cut off all of the leaves from the broken piece and plant it in a 50/50 mix of grit and compost in a large pot, it will root and eventually give you a new plant.  I did that when I accidentally broke a piece off of mine while removing an old flowering stem.  They are tough plants and real survivors.

Pruning Wisteria

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 18:11

Wisteria grown from seed can take a decade or more to flower (I have proven that as I actually did that! - it took about 8 or 9 years.)  However, most of the ones you buy will be grafted and should flower in their first spring.  To make sure, I always recommend only buying wisteria when they are actually in flower.  That way you can see exactly what you are getting.


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 17:08

If it's too out of the way to make a useful communal area, then plant a comfrey patch and grow your own plant food.  Use the sterile variety Bocking 14 so fellow allotmenteers don't get bothered by it seeding around.  As a bonus, it will attract lots of bees.

Making own softsoap

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 23:40

Great news Happyflower!  My broad beans were covered from head to foot in blackfly but rather than spray them I decided to leave them to see what would happen as there were one or two ladybirds on them.  A few weeks later and they are now almost swarming with ladybirds, their larvae with lots of ladybirds in the pupal stage, and most of the blackfly are gone.  Now I have my own army of ladybirds flying off and clearing up aphids throughout the rest of the garden.   You can't beat nature!

2 final plant ID's - promise

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:38
jo47 wrote (see)

They come out okay when enlarged........ it's not a problem Jekyll.......


Not on every browser they don't Jo47.  Firefox corrects them but Internet Explorer doesn't (just a couple of examples of the dozens of browsers out there.)

Capability Found from Spun Gold

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:32

What a coincidence - I attended a wedding at Belvoir Castle on Saturday!  It's an incredible place so really looking forward to seeing this!

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