BobTheGardener


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Unknown Plant

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 18:38

They are also edible and have a slight peppery taste - nice addition to a salad.

Feijoa

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 14:55

Or being grown in a position without enough sun or shelter - they are a tropical plant after all.

cabbage plants

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 14:49

You only missed them by a couple of weeks LL - they're generally available up until about mid-July.

cabbage plants

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 13:55

Now would be ok if you can find plants as it's too late to grow them from seed - they do most of their growing at the same time as normal cabbages, but are resilient enough to survive through the winter.  If you manage to find some young plants, plant them deep, up to their bottom leaves, firm the ground well around the stem and keep them well watered otherwise they might bolt in this warm weather.

Feijoa

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 13:48

You're lucky to keep it alive Johanna - I've failed miserably to grow one from seed - they have always died on me over the first winter!

I think it will need a very sheltered position in full sun to fruit outside in the UK - against a south-facing wall would likely be your best bet.  I think they do well in conservatories.

Weed Identification

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 00:31

Does the second one have small white flowers?  If so, I wonder if it's garlic mustard (aka Jack-by-the-hedge), Alliaria petiolata?  Crush a leaf - if it smells a bit like garlic, then that's the one:

http://www.naturessecretlarder.co.uk/images/5/5318a493jack-by-the-hedge-garlic-leaves-jpg.jpg

 

Help something growing in my lawn!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 00:16

Hi Jason, see this post:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/identification/441774.html

In your case is looks very much like suckers from the shallow root of a nearby cherry tree.  See how they are all roughly in a line?  Follow that line and you should arrive at the tree in question.  Most folk just keep mowing them off.

Can anyone ID this Plant Please?

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 00:08

It's a great plant which many of us grow because it provides height without overwhelming other things (as it has virtually no leaves.)

Can anyone identify this for me please?

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 00:05

I agree, a species of chenopodium.  If it is, you would be well advised to dispose of it before it seeds as they can produce upwards of 20,000 seeds which persist for decades in the soil.  Chenopodiums are sometimes grown as animal fodder but is generally considered a weed in a garden situation.

Weed or not!?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 18:35

Ground elder.  A pernicious weed.  Nuke it with glyphosate then wait until it has completely died before pulling it up to allow time for the weedkiller to go down to the roots.  It will likely re-grow but there will be much less of it - treat each bit the comes up again and eventually you will be rid of it, unless it is coming in from another garden (like mine, from neighbours who do nothing to their garden but cut the grass once a year! )

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