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Posted: 12/09/2015 at 11:26

It's a seedpod susan.  They sometimes produce these but not very often.  If you want to try growing one from seed, leave it on the plant until it starts to split open by itself at which point the seeds will be ripe.  Any viable seeds will be quite large - pea sized and you can pop them into a pot of ericaceous compost just below the surface and cover in a layer of grit.  Leave outside somewhere sheltered and, with luck, they will germinate in spring.  Any new plants won't be the same as the original though - Camelia seeds don't come true.

Using 12mm & 13m hosepipes with 1/4 inch fittings

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 19:25
KT53 wrote (see)

I'm obviously missing something but how can 1/4" fittings be for 1/2" hosepipe?

The intricacies of British Standard Pipe thread I'm afraid:


Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 19:06

Probably, as long as you keep cutting the heads as they appear.  If you let any go to flower/seed they may not make it through the winter.


Posted: 09/09/2015 at 19:57

To precis what pansyface quotes, if you have had carrot fly this year then don't grow your carrots in the same place (crop rotation is mandatory in my garden.)  Fleecing the carrots all season almost guarantees damage-free carrots but is a bit of a hassle and not very easy on the eye in my opinion.  I now grow mine in 60cm high raised beds, no protection, and don't get any carrot fly problems (the adults allegedly only fly about 45-50cm high.)

Pepper Plants no flowers

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 19:47

Yes, as Steve says start them early.  I usually grow varieties which are bred to grow in cooler climates and get good results.

Using 12mm & 13m hosepipes with 1/4 inch fittings

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 19:40

Usually, yes.  1/4 inch pipe fittings are for 1/2 inch hose which is 12.35mm.  A lot depends on the thickness of the wall of the hose itself.  Sometimes it is rather thin and standard imperial fittings don't grip it well.  I've replaced all of my various hose fittings with hozelock ones over the years and now everything is compatible, at last.

Font size

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 19:02

You can change the default font size entirely within Firefox.  Just open Options from your Tools menu and choose Content.  Select your Font size there, under Fonts & Colours.

It's my birthday

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 18:57

Happy birthday Verdun.  Just in case you're still feeling a bit peckish:

There's always room for one more!



Posted: 06/09/2015 at 21:28

I'd recommend using SBK brushwood killer on brambles as Roundup will have to be used several times to be effective.

Killing Comfrey

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 18:21

Try and dig out as much as you can.  The roots go extremely deep and you won't be able to remove them all though.  When it grows back, you can either keep pulling it up, or spray with glyphosate which will eventually kill it.  It isn't as bad as you might think - I've moved clumps from one part of my garden to others and it does eventually give in.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39
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