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Plant ID please

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 13:13

It's Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum), a wild cranesbill:

Many (like me) consider it a weed, but some grow it on purpose.  It's easy to pull-up but seeds itself everywhere, so it will be back even if you want to remove it!



Compost for runner beans and sweet peas in a pot

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 11:24

Runners are hungry plants, so see if you can buy some composted manure (most garden centres will have it.)  They also act as a sail in the wind, so tie the top of the canes to something solid nearby (if you can) to prevent them blowing over.  The deeper the pot the better.

sweet pea - are mine annual or perennial?

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 11:18

Spencer are annuals.  Once they die off at the end of the year, you can leave the dead stems for a while and they will turn brittle like straw, making them easier to pull away from the things they have grown through.  They will look untidy for a while though.  If you try and remove them while they are still green, it could be a bit of a job as the stems are quite tough, a little like string. 


Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:05

Today I'm planting out about 60 brassicas which are now at the 5 leaf stage (2 types of calabrese, brussels and Primo cabbage.)  Also have to find a way to fix my wheelbarrow which broke on Saturday, while I was moving a tonne of topsoil.  One of the handles broke off at the base.  Will probably have to fork out for a new one and turn the old one into a herb planter.

I reckon I'm also going to have to plant the toms into the greenhouse, regardless that it's still getting pretty cold at night.  They're in the conservatory at the moment and most of them have open flowers.  I've already had to pot them on into 5" pots as it is, even though I didn't sow them until Good Friday (Mar 29), a month later than usual.  It's been a very challenging year for cold glasshouse growing (well, gardening in general!)

Onions from Seed

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 09:48

Hi Barney, just plant them out so that the soil is at the same level as it is now in the pots.  They will sort themselves out.


Posted: 26/05/2013 at 21:44

Good idea putting them in pots if you don''t know the variety as many Magnolias will grow into a very large tree!  Do you know the variety, or if they have been grafted?  They need a sunny position, but try and prevent them from getting early morning sun as this can damage the flowers.

Bee like inset in dustbin

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 12:45

Look like wasps to me which probably came from an adult laying eggs in the apples.  I'd leave to top off until they are gone.

The seven leaf rose, is it a sucker?

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 23:24

Try and pull the sucker out rather than cutting it off.  It helps to loosen the soil around  where it emerges from the ground.  They grow direct from the rootstock and pulling them off is thought the lessen the chances of another forming, whereas cutting it may promote more. 

Fasold beans, any good?

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 23:16

Hi Betty, I grew them a few years ago and the first year they cropped well, but the year after the weather wasn't so good and they were a bit disappointing.  The purple flowers were rather nice though.  I switched to growing Cobra after that which doesn't seem as fussy, but still need a decent summer to crop well.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 19:06

Well, the topsoil arrived and looks like excellent stuff, much better than expected so am well happy.  Also got the raised bed completed in between showers, so will be spending a few hours with the wheelbarrow and shovel tomorrow.  Better check the stocks of cake and tea (and maybe back pain relief cream!)

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