BobTheGardener


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Plant ID needed

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 17:53

I agree fb - they get everywhere here - don't think I have a single pot which hasn't had a willowherb in it at some stage!

Plant ID help please

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 16:56

1) is an aconitum with forget-me-not growing though it.

Same family as buttercup so somewhat similar leaves at this stage of growth.

Coffee grounds

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 11:54

Either sprinkle it around your borders fairly thinly where it'll add to the organic matter in the soil or add it to the compost heap.  Don't use it as a thick layer of mulch as it forms a fairly hard surface layer which repels water.

Sweet chilli.

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 16:03

Pat, it's possible in a really good summer but they really need to be grown under cover in an average UK one.  They will do fine on an indoor windowsill if you have one that gets sun.  Otherwise perhaps you could knock up a cold frame or similar?  A frame of wood covered with clear polythene or polycarbonate sheet is easy to put together.

fruit tree protection

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 12:45

And remember they need to be pollinated in order to produce fruit and bees can't get though fleece! 

Lilac tree fungus - how do I treat it?

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 12:43

The vast majority of fungi only live on dead wood so I suspect the branch was already dead.  To be safe, remove the branch and cut well below and into living wood.  Ideally remove the whole branch right back to the trunk.  There are no treatments available.

Mystery Seedling ID

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 12:36

They are definitely not tree seedlings and it doesn't look like any of the weed seedlings I'm familiar with so I would keep it for now - we should be able to identify them when they have grown a bit more.  I suspect an annual flower of some kind.

Polytunnel or greenhouse

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 22:29

So true, Steve!

Polytunnel or greenhouse

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 22:15

It depends what you intend to use one for really.  Greenhouses are better for starting off seeds and overwintering plants as they tend to stay a few degrees warmer than polytunnels.  If you want to grow a large crop of tender plants such as tomatoes, peppers and aubergines etc., then polytunnels work out a lot cheaper when large areas (eg anything over 6 ft x 10ft) are involved.  However, avoid really cheap polytunnels and go for a quality one if that is your goal as they will last a *lot* longer before the cover needs replacing.  If you have plenty of space I would go for a smallish glass greenhouse for raising your plants and a large polytunnel for growing them in.

plant id please

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 18:53

Last one looks like alkanet.

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