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Growing Onions

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 12:53

I always use sets and start them off in individual modules in a tray.  Once they have grown roots I plant them outside.  This prevent brids pulling the sets up looking for worms etc underneath (blackbirds are a b*gger for doing that!)

Mouldy sedum

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 12:50

Most fungicides containing copper have been banned but have a look at the fungicides you can find in the garden centre which mention mildew, especially if they specifically say powdery mildew.

Last edited: 27 May 2016 12:51:13


Posted: 27/05/2016 at 10:31

Not managed to stay awake through a whole one yet.  Diarmuid Gavin should have called his the "Harry Potter" garden and not revealed he was the designer.  That would have resulted in a massive hit..  Following the same train of thought, the addition of a "Whomping willow" to swat unsuspecting slebs would have been a more than welcome touch.

Growing Onions

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 10:12

If left, they will do as you mention and produce very small bulbs - some might even go to flower.  How about leaving some and splitting others?  You will then be able to see the difference and won't risk losing the lot.  If you do split them, remember to water them well while they grow new roots.

Yes, you may well as leave the spring onions and treat as 'cut and come again'.

Last edited: 27 May 2016 10:13:40

New Strawberries

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 10:08

I also ignore the perceived wisdom and let mine fruit in their first year.  The only time I'd remove flowers in the first year is if they were small and weak plants but I stopped buying from suppliers who send small sized strawberry plants so don't have that problem now.  

Growing Onions

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 09:56

I would.  Lift each whole bunch and separate them as gently as you can then plant the onions about 4" (10cm) apart.  They won't come to much as they are so even though you will get some root damage by digging them up, they should still produce useable size onions by the end of the season.

Growing asparagus

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 18:57

Leave them.  They will turn into ferns which will feed and help to build up the roots.  The ferns are the 'leaves' of asparagus and are what the plants use to photosyntesize food from air, water and sunlight. .

Plant id - keep or pull up?

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 19:52

That looks like another type of willowherb to me.  I get several sorts growing here and  one of them does indeed have soft hairs.

Edit: check Epilobium hirsutum (Great willowherb):

Last edited: 25 May 2016 19:54:48

Is this fungi? Do I condemn the tree?

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 19:48

The only encouraging news I can give is that one of mine had exactly the same dieback and discolouration but only on one branch, which I removed by cutting back into healthy wood.  It survived and is now growing well.  I've kept an eye on it for the last 3 or 4 years and removed any sign of the condition which did appear on some small branches and it seems to be working.

Melon and Cucumber plants growing very slowly

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 18:56

It depends on where you are and where the plants are.  In most of the UK it's too cold to grow any of these outside yet but they should all be fine in an unheated greenhouse.  Once any cucurbit species gets too cold their growth will slow down substantially, known as 'getting checked'.  Once temperatures (partcularly overnight) start to climb they will start to grow at a more normal rate again although it may take a few weeks for them to get over the shock while plants which have been kept in conditions more to their liking will quickly overtake any 'checked' plants.

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