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damp allotment

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 17:59

There are an enormous number of plants which like boggy conditions and also attract pollinators, so I suggest you look at those rather than trying prairie types which like dry soil.  Have a look here for some inspiration:


ID Please

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 16:59

They need full sun to do well and flower Daisydoo.  If it's somewhere shaded, is there anywhere south facing that you could move it to?

Something is eating my tomatoes!

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 16:49

Well done Alan.  I get these almost every year, the little devils!

Mitox won't start

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 16:46

Could be electrical - are you getting a spark?  The easy way to tell is to use a spark plug tester - google that and you'll see them on ebay for about 2 quid.  If no spark, it might be a faulty ignition switch or HT lead/cap.

Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 18:35

It's not himalayan balsam which have small flower spikes.  Pretty sure it's a sunflower going by the large bud shape and leaves.

Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 18:22

Sunflowers I think.

Clematis Seeds

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 16:23

Also, the majority of seeds won't be viable - only the larger ones are likely to germinate.  Here's a photo of one of mine which is nearly ready (seeds are turning brown) - I'd only expect the two obvious large seeds to grow:


Something is eating my tomatoes!

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 19:08

Another possibility is caterpillars of the tomato moth (Bright-line Brown-eye moth):

They are experts at hiding and the only real remedy is to pick them off by hand - if you can find them!  They tend to hide along supports and string and are mainly nocturnal.

Can't identify Blackcurrant bush disease

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 00:36

It's difficult to see from the photo's but I suspect it is woolly scale insects (Pulvinaria vitis.)  The white waxy blobs are created by the female to protect her eggs.  Most insecticides are ineffective against the waxy coating and it's inadvisable to use those on edible fruit bushes anyway so my advice would be to rub them off with your fingers, squashing the female and her eggs in the process.  A small stiff brush may help.  You could also try a winter tree wash around Christmas time.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 00:08

Thanks for the vote of confidence zoomer  but I'm pretty sure Ann was referring to this clip in the projects section of the website and I just (roughly) transcribed what Monty Don said:

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