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Sweet peppers (bell peppers, whatever you want to call them lol)

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 12:10

Hi Figrat, try hand pollinating them with a small soft brush, gently dabbing it into the centre of all of the open flowers.  I do this every day and have an excellent fruit setting percentage.  They can self-pollinate but rely on wind and/or insects both of which are a bit sparse under glass.  Tapping the stems like tomatoes is also reported to work.  Once a fruit gets large enough for seeds to develop, flowering will often stop so you  have a choice of removing the larger fruit while it is still green and using it immediately or ripening it off the plant (which means they will continute to flower) or let the fruit ripen on the plants which gives much sweeter fruit but less of a crop.

Can someone please identify this tree

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 10:24

Looks like a Willow to me, Darren.  I think some of the smaller Japanese Salix are often grafted and looking at the base it looks like the rootstock may have taken over - if so, it may grow out of control as ordinary willows will grow into huge trees.


Posted: 18/07/2013 at 00:10

To back up what Italophile said, I once left a module tray of beetroot seedlings lying on the soil and forgot about it.  To my surprise they sent roots out of the bottom of the modules into the soil below and actually produced golf ball sized beetroots, so they don't need anything in the way of extra feed.

Mange tout

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 23:16

Jean6, Mange tout are those peas where you eat the whole pod before the peas fully develop.  Sometimes known as sugar snap peas.  Mange tout is French for "eat everything."

Root vegetables

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 22:45

The vast majority of root vegetables produce one root per plant.  There are a few exceptions, such as potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes, but strictly speaking the parts you eat from those two are tubers rather than roots.

first time tomato grower seeks advice

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 22:39

everos, start feeding as soon as you see the first tiny tomato appear.  This will be very soon now they are in flower.


Posted: 17/07/2013 at 14:36

Matty, I usually hoe my weeds and leave them on the surface (unless they are seeding!) to act as a kind of mulch.

Talkback: Growing Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 14:32

Can't see anything resembling VB there, but at the far left you have what looks like lavender (with the thin slightly furry leaves) and several other seedlings look like they may not be weeds.  The group of 5 healthy looking ones on the right look interesting - I seem to recognise them, but can't think what they are at the moment.


Posted: 17/07/2013 at 13:09

The flowers with just a stem are male and will not develop a fruit.  The female flowers have a small courgette right behind the flower.  The females need pollinating and if this doesn't happen, they will die and fall off.  You can help by taking a male flower, stripping the outer parts away to leave the pollen-covered centre, then gently push this into the centre of an open female flower.  See here:


Second Potatoe Crop

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 13:04

No, if you re-plant them they will stay dormant until next year.  However, you can buy seed potatoes which have been kept in cold storage and plant those now.  They are usually advertised as "Christmas potatoes".  These are usually grown in bags so they can be moved into a greenhouse though - it may be hit and miss if you plant them in the ground, but if there aren't any early frosts you could be OK.

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