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is it a plant or weed ?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 20:51

More goosefoot!  Chenopodium album - an edible weed but will seed itself everywhere.  Get rid!

Help identify this seaside plant

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 20:46

It looks like one of the goosefoots (chenopodium) to me.  If you find it has spikes of extremely small flowers I think that would confirm it.  Most of them are very prolific self seeders so you might be in for some trouble!

what to do with Rabbit and Guinea pig wood chippings and Hay ?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 20:34

The wood chps will eventually rot in the compost heap and the trick to helping this to happen quickly is mixing in lots of green matter, with the grass clippings you mention being ideal.  To help the process you can add diluted 'recycled beer' (if you catch my drift!)  Basically, the bacteria which help decompose wood chippings need a lot of nitrogen which is really all 'compost accelerators' are.  That leads the the issue with using wood chips directly on the soil;  They will take nitrates from it so it's not a good idea to use them 'raw'.

Greens just won't grow for me!!

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 19:02

Mynx, as has been mentioned, brassicas need good rich soil and plenty of light.  Dig some well rotted manure into the ground this autumn and when you plant out the young cabbages etc next spring, plant them deep, right up to the bottom leaves and firm them in.  They always need more space than you think.  Feed with something containing plenty of nitrogen such as nettle feed or chicken manure pellets.

No need to do anything with the strawberries now other than give them a bit of a feed.  Next spring when they start growing again, remove all of the old dead leaves, feed them with a bit of fish, blood and bone sprinkled over the soil around them and gently worked in with a hand fork.  When they start flowering, feed them with a liquid feed such as tomato feed or seaweed feed.

Last edited: 27 July 2016 19:03:42

Not sure what this is

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 18:51

I think the bottom one will turn out to be larkspur when we see a better photo.

Help identify a shrub please

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 19:57

And can be propagated easily from cuttings, Tommy.

Small blooms on agapanthus

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 19:37

I think it's just been a bad year for them.  Agapanthus are originally from South Africa and need lots of sun to bloom well.  My well established patch sent up about 15-20 heads last year as it always does.  This year it has just 2 and those look a bit puny.

Help with identification

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 16:55

It's a malva, John.  Extremely variable - if you collect seeds the flowers might be quite different colours on plants grown from them.

any ideas?

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 16:41

Tree peony.

My flowers ..

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 16:38

Love the dianthus, I used to have some of those - d. arenarius I think.
Some of my double petunias:

And Salvia Patens - just coing into bloom now:

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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