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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! )

Watering dried-out pots

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 22:03

Hi all, with the current hot, dry spell some of us are experiencing (no significant rain here for 2-3 weeks), I though I'd share my method of watering pots in which the compost has dried out a lot and shrunk, so when you water them it all runs straight down the sides and out of the bottom!

While the best method is undoubtedly to stand the pots on a tray of water for at least 30 minutes, it's often not practical and is time consuming.

My tip is to create a slurry of multi-purpose compost by mixing a few handfuls of MP compost into a watering can and removing the rose.  When you now water this mixture into the pot, the compost slurry will run into, and quickly block, the gap at the edge of the pot thus allowing the water to soak through much more slowly.  Keep stirring or swirling the slurry about while you pour it in so that it comes out of the spout well-mixed and doesn't settle in the watering can.

Saving peas for seed

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:44

Yes, just let them dry inside their pods (best left on the plants) and once completely dry just put them in a paper bag and store somewhere cool-ish (like a drawer in a shed.)  If others around you are also growing peas then they might not all come true, but most will.

Curled new growth on tomato plant

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:39

Yes, looks like classic excess feeding.  Tomatoes shouldn't be fed until after the first flowers have appeared and set fruit (tiny green tomatoes appear when the yellow flower petal drops off.)  Once that happens, feed them once a fortnight as directed on the tomorite bottle.  Only water them when the top inch of compost goes dry.  Stick to those simple rules and you'll have no trouble growing toms.

As there appears to be a tomato on that truss, you'll probably be fine now - just don't over water or over feed.

weedling or seedling

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 20:27

Is that a tiny flower I can see in the 1st pic?  If so, almost certainly a weed although I can't definitely ID it - possibly one of the nightshades.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

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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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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

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DIY heated propagator

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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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