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Bugs

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:42

Here's a zoom of the original photo:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/85002.jpg?width=350

 Compare to the black pollen beetle (Fabogethes nigrescens):

http://bugguide.net/node/view/513555/bgimage

Why a pollen beetle is eating your lettuces is, however, a mystery!

My yucca has been run over help please ,please anyone !

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 22:02

I still recommend that you cut all of the leaves from the broken bit (so that it doesn't die by losing all of the moisture from inside the stem through transipration through the leaves) and then plant it in a 50/50 mixture of grit and compost.  I've just gone outside to take a photo of what will happen:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/84957.jpg?width=350

 

That is about 18 months after I broke a piece of of my yucca.

Raised beds on allotment

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 19:34

I would tread down a rectangle the size of the raised bed frames.  Don't put down weed membrane inside them as many veg require deeper soil than just 15cm.  However, you could put membrane down to create paths around your beds to help keep them weed free - remember you will need access to the beds in order to tend them.  You could tuck the membrane under the edges of the raised beds which would help keep it in place.

Indolent Aubergines...

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 17:16

Growing veg in the UK is a bit of an experiment every year I reckon LMS! 

I try and grow a range of things so that if the fabled long, hot summer happens I have things that will appreciate it but if it's a dull cold one then there are other crops to fall back on.  The hard bit for me is 'sacrificing' young plants when it becomes clear that they aren't going to do well in a particular year.  Being a bit of an optimist I always hope for an 'Indian summer' thinking that they might produce but it rarely happens!  Putting all of that TLC into a plant which ends up on the compost heap seems such a shame though.

Indolent Aubergines...

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 23:02

I've had them fruit but they were kept in the greenhouse all year.  I think we need an exceptionally long, warm summer to grow them outside in the UK.  Too many cold spells this year.

Yellow leaves on foxgloves

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 22:57

If they are common foxgloves, they usually die after flowering (they are 'biennial' plants) so that is normal.  If they are a perennial type like 'Illumination pink' then you could try watering and feeding them.  Even the perennial ones only last a few years though.  If you have common foxgloves and want them next year then sprinkle the seeds where you want them to grow and with luck you'll have some germinate before the winter and those which do should flower next year.

My yucca has been run over help please ,please anyone !

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 22:32
Nikki B wrote (see)

Thank you should I cut it off then replant it  sorry for being stupid but ...what's the root  stock 

It will send up new shoots from the rootstock which is below ground AND you can plant the broken bit if you cut off all of the leaves from it.

My yucca has been run over help please ,please anyone !

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 22:30

I agree with fidgetbones.  Also, if you cut off all of the leaves from the broken piece and plant it in a 50/50 mix of grit and compost in a large pot, it will root and eventually give you a new plant.  I did that when I accidentally broke a piece off of mine while removing an old flowering stem.  They are tough plants and real survivors.

Pruning Wisteria

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 18:11

Wisteria grown from seed can take a decade or more to flower (I have proven that as I actually did that! - it took about 8 or 9 years.)  However, most of the ones you buy will be grafted and should flower in their first spring.  To make sure, I always recommend only buying wisteria when they are actually in flower.  That way you can see exactly what you are getting.

DUMPING GROUND!!

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 17:08

If it's too out of the way to make a useful communal area, then plant a comfrey patch and grow your own plant food.  Use the sterile variety Bocking 14 so fellow allotmenteers don't get bothered by it seeding around.  As a bonus, it will attract lots of bees.

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