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Posted: 28/05/2016 at 22:59

Not something you want really.  The seeds stick to clothes and fur and once they get spread it will keep popping-up for years to come.  I would get rid before the seeds form.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 21:28

If only, PP!  The problem is with only one plant the only way to propagate it vegatively (very, very tricky) as it won't come true from seed.  I'm just happy I have a different blue one other than the caerula!

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 21:21

One of the tree peonies opened:

I've been trying to cross the blue aquilegia caerula with mckana giants (which don't seem to have any blue):

for ages and finally got a result:

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 21:08

Finally got my brassicas (brussels, savoy & caulis) planted:

They've gone into my 'fruit' cage as woodpigeons would otherwise scoff them within hours.  Couldn't have done it without the help of my little mate though:

Potato problems

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 20:54

Unfortunately, it looks like a case of early blight - have a look here:

and some images:

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Posted: 28/05/2016 at 16:50

Good idea and start as many off as you can as it's likely only a small percentage will resemble the parent in any way but it's definitely worth a try!

It has a very unusual shape so if you find any offspring are similar then you could try and isolate those plants and cross-pollinate between them.  That's how new cultivars are bred but it's a long, long process.

Garlic disease

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 16:44

It looks like Leek rust which also affects garlic and other alliums.  There is no treatment but the bulbs should continue to develop, so I would just leave them.  Don't compost the top growth after you harvest though - either burn it or throw in the household waste.  I also wouldn't keep any cloves for replanting and would get fresh when the time comes.

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Cucumber plants yellow patches on leaves

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:54

Looks like a bit of leaf scorch caused by water droplets on the leaves magnifying the sunlight.  I don't think it's anything to worry about and the younger leaves look perfect.

Which tool?

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:48

If they're only an inch thick, a jigsaw would make prettly light work of it.  If you let it cut rather than pushing it hard the vibration would be kept to a minimum and you'll get a nice clean cut.  A chainsaw would do it in seconds but the vibration would be severe and the cut ends would be messy.

Chilli plants fruiting

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:44

I've always left mine to do their own thing but In do grow a lot of plants so not so concerned about how tall and bushy the plants get.  Perhaps experiment and remove from some but not others?

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Watering dried-out pots

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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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