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What is this please?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 16:06

As it is on gravel, it might be worth using a flame gun - that would kill 'em and zap any seeds, too, so you'd be rid of it for much longer.  They cost about £25 on amazon and come with 4 cans of gas.  Cost for hiring one is about the same for a day, but the pro ones are a lot more powerful and better for large areas.

 

Peach tree

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 14:14

Verdun!

Can anyone tell me what this plant is please?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 14:12

I'm not 100% sure that it's cow parsley but is certainly in the Apiaceae (umbellifer) family.  They are all quite pretty and as long as you cut the flower spike off before the seeds form, you can leave and enjoy them.  Lot's of folk now grow cow parsley on purpose.

Has anyone seen this plant before?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 13:33

It will only grow to 25ft in it's native climate (central America) and when in the ground.  As a housplant in a pot it you can just keep it until it gets too big and then dump it and start another.  Pinching out the growing tip should keep it in check for longer.

What is this please?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 13:21

Heather, that is hairy bittercress and a real nuisance.  It is just about the fastest known plant from germination to seeding and, worse, the seeds fly off a long way when they are ripe!  You need to keep pulling it up before it goes to seed but you will be plagued with it forever once you have it, unfortunately!

What To Grow In a Big Box

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 10:33

Yes Jazzmini, you do need to winter-prune them for the first few years to establish the correct shape but after that you can summer-prune which is really just pruning the tips of the branches to keep them to the size you want.  It's not as difficult as some make it out to be.

What To Grow In a Big Box

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 10:20

You could buy a 'family' apple tree as those have 3 varieties grafted onto one rootstock with the varieties being chosen so they flower at the same time and so cross-pollinate each other.  Google "family apple tree in container" and check that the ones on offer state that they can be grown in large containers.  It is too late to buy bare-root trees now, so you will have to get a pot-grown one, which will be a fair bit more expensive, but pot-grown trees can be planted at any time.  Use John Innes No.3 compost which is formulated for permanent plantings and is heavy enough to prevent the tree being blown over by the wind.

Is it hard to rip out a mature yellow ribbon arborvitae?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 00:29

Hi Chaz, although I don't know that particular conifer (it looks like one only usually found in the US & Canada), I do know that most conifers are relatively shallow rooted, so you probably won't have too much difficulty getting them out.  They will have depleted the soil though, so you'll need to dig-in some good stuff if you are going to plant something else in the area. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 18:45

Took a couple of days leave and typically it rained for half the day! 

Still, I managed to get lots more seeds sown and had a couple of deliveries, including two bare-root globe artichokes - heaven knows where I'm going to put those as I know they grow to over a metre in all directions.. The rhubarb is finally up;  2 out of 3 crowns planted in the Autumn.  The squirrels dug up and ate the 3rd crown, as they did the previous 3 I planted the previous year, the little b*ggers!  Plan is to get the spuds in tomorrow.

Looks like i'm now growing a bell pepper...

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 10:06

Hi Lucy, Peppers are fairly easy but can't stand the cold, so the most important thing is to grow it on at a minimum of 10C in good light.  I find it's best to pot them on several times, first into a 3" pot, then 5" and finally into about a 10".  Don't pot-on into a larger one until the roots have reached the sides of the pot.  Unless we have a really good summer they need to be kept under glass so keep it somewhere heated like a windowsill until it is about 8" tall.  It's then ready for the greenhouse, growhouse or (at a push) under a large cloche.  Like tomatoes, don't feed it until the first flowers appear and then feed with half-strength tomato feed once a fortnight.  Best to hand-pollinate every flower using a small, soft paintbrush or similar.

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