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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 20:06

Huge amount of shredding done.  Looking at the way things are still growing in the garden there will be another large amount needed in a few weeks!  Lots of weed pulling before they set seed and a lot of dead-heading of the dahlias which are putting on a magnificent show.

What is this tomato?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 18:32

If not, try Galena from Realseeds - it tastes lovely and is a great cropper as I mentioned above.  All the varieties available from Realseeds will come true (ie they are not F1 or F2 hybrids.)

Mystery plant

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 16:25

Well spotted Dove - Thorn apple it is!

Mystery plant

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 16:02

It looks like a wild cucumber vine (Echinocystis lobata) mayannekelly.  In some parts of the world (North America) it is a bit of a problem weed:

Could also be the one Dove mentioned (just seen the post.)

Last edited: 11 September 2016 16:03:52

What is this tomato?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 15:54

I wonder if the seed plants which the wholesale suppliers breed to distribute the seeds to retail merchants were accidentally crossed with a more dominant variety last year?  I've grown Galina which is a yellow Siberian cherry variety which crops until it gets frosted and is very vigorous so is a potential parent.

Last edited: 11 September 2016 15:55:36

Single plant in tub question

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 15:49

Like many clump-formers, these plants do tend to become less productive in the centre over time.  In the longer term, you would be better off by lifting and spliting them when growth starts again in the spring.  Replant sections from the outside and discard the woody old centres.

I want to create my first winter pot

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 15:40

Ren, you certianly need to drill some holes in the bottom of the whisky barrel if using it as a planter.  Eight to ten 10mm diameter holes would be enough.  Alternatively, it would make a pretty nice mini-water garden as it does hold water and you could (say) plant (just one) miniature water lily in it for instance.

As far as bulbs go, I always use minaiture varieties of narcissi in pots as the standard types usually flop and look horrible as they are finishing.  I also only use 3 different types of bulbs when layering - tulips at the lowest layer then narcissi and crocus for instance.  There are some beautiful varieties of crocus if you look around although many of the more unusual varieties don't last for me.  To be perfectly honest, I treat all bulbs in containers as annuals as tulips and many crocus don't come back well.  When I empty them, everything goes into the borders and what survives, survives, everything else turns into natural compost!

Last edited: 11 September 2016 15:41:40


Posted: 11/09/2016 at 14:50

Some good advice from Ladybird there.  It also looks like it is planted in an aquatic mesh pot which is far from ideal as that will let the frost get to the roots when you overwinter it.  Plant it into a solid pot (plastic or terracotta, it matters not which.)

Last edited: 11 September 2016 14:50:51

Poorly Laurel Hedge

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 14:42

The holes look like they could be caused by adult vine weevils which are one of the few pests which seem able to resist the poison in laurel leaves.  However, I find it difficult to believe their grubs could damage the roots of an established laurel to the extent that would cause the yellow patches, so suspect that is a general nutrient deficiency.  Give them a feed of fish, blood and bone in spring which should sort that out.  I would also put down a good 4 inch layer of home-made compost or well-rotted farmyard manure in about a month's time.  The worms will incorporate this into the soil thus improving it over time and helping it to not dry out.  Don't put the mulch down until after a good few weeks of rain has already thoroughly soaked the soil though or it will have the opposite effect.

Last edited: 11 September 2016 14:46:50

Murphy's Sequestrene

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 14:27

That particular brand seems no longer available (this same topic came up a year or two ago.)

Search for "sequestered iron feed" which is what this stuff is.

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