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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 18:07

Spent all morning trying to remove the last of 4 screws holding the blades on my shredder as they needed sharpening.  Finally resorted to the use of a blowtorch to heat it up and an impact driver to remove!

As soon as I actually started shredding I noticed, 3 feet away, wasps going in and out of the pile of dry stuff I keep to feed in with the green stuff (helps keep it from clogging) so had to proceed with great caution so as not to disturb them!  I'll leave that pile alone now until the winter when they will be gone.

Tip:  Unless you have a very large garden, do not plant a kiwi fruit vine which you have grown from the seeds of a supermarket fruit!  They grow like wildfire once established and no sign of even a single flower let alone fruit after about 10 years.  I removed one a couple of years ago, dug down 3 feet to get as much root out as I could but it has reappeared this year.   3 more to go.. 

What is this weed?

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 17:50

It might be the one Ceres said if there is any evidence of thorns but I suspect it is snowberry which is also well known for sending out suckers:

Dark coloured Tomato with smoky flavour

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 13:55

There are a number of varieties sold as 'Black Russian' so you could try a different seed supplier.  T&M say theirs are 'medium sized'.  The Black Russian I know are indeed large fruits.

I would also look at suppliers which specialise in heritage varieties such as realseeds, jungleseeds & plantsofdistinction.


Posted: 31/08/2016 at 13:41

Suppliers are notorious for misspelling plant names.  Sometimes it turns into a sort of 'Chinese whispers' and we end up with half of them selling something that looks like a different variety but is just the result of a series of ever more corrupted names.  I often wonder if this is often done on purpose to avoid them being taken to court for selling plants to which they don't have the breeding rights..   

Things I don't get

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 14:54

When I have them Lily, you can't see either the jam or the scone under the huge pile of cream I put on them!

I've never grown broccoli before.....

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 14:49

It has bolted Lulu.  Is the soil in that area prone to drying out?  You have to keep a close eye on broccoli as time between florets growing to a useful size to harvest and them turning into flowers is very short (about a week.)

not a plant i have ever seen b4

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 14:44

Yep, a weed species of euphorbia commonly known as Caper spurge.

Please help...what is this?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 14:34

Cotoneaster webber caterpillars, more info on the RHS site:

Green beans still edible?

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 20:48

Yep, try a few and if too tough when cooked normally you can leave them to ripen and dry on the plants then save some as seed and store the rest for use as pulses.  As long as you soak them for 24h and drain before cooking they can be added to stews, chilli con carne etc.

Plant ID please

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 20:35

Those flowers look like grapevine but the leaves don't!  Could it be something related?

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