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danphne Aureomarginata

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 12:08

I would emphasize the word 'fussy' in Posy's reply.  Here is a photo of two Daphne aureomarginata, bought from the same supplier at the same time, potted in exactly the same compost (JI No.3) and kept side-by-side.  One has romped away and all the other one has done is drop the odd leaf;  It is no larger now than a year ago!

Actually I will use the phrase 'extraordinarily finicky'. 

Raised bed cabbage infestation

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 11:20

If they are ants, they will have made a nest somewhere in your raised bed because it is drier than the other soil in your garden.  Ants don't like water.  All you need to do is regularly and thoroughly water the bed (even if there is nothing in it now) and the ants will move on.

Ants do not damage plants directly but their nest can expose the roots of any plants which happen to be growing directly above the nest to air which can stunt their growth.


brown leaves and lumps on my pear tree leaves

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 17:00

Regular inspection and removing any affected leaves (orange spots) you see over the growing season will keep it under control.  Don't let the leaves get to the stage where the lumps on the back form as those will release spores which will affect more leaves.

On very young trees with not many leaves I've had great success by just cutting the affected part of the leaf off, unless it was near the base of the leaf in which case the whole leaf was removed.



Posted: 12/09/2015 at 13:07

They should ripen any time from now until about November primrosecottage.  As soon as you see the first split in the pod they will be ready and you should plant them immediately.  Don't let the (ericaceous) compost you plant them in dry out but don't over water.  Also don't put the pot in full sun - shade is better.


Posted: 12/09/2015 at 11:26

It's a seedpod susan.  They sometimes produce these but not very often.  If you want to try growing one from seed, leave it on the plant until it starts to split open by itself at which point the seeds will be ripe.  Any viable seeds will be quite large - pea sized and you can pop them into a pot of ericaceous compost just below the surface and cover in a layer of grit.  Leave outside somewhere sheltered and, with luck, they will germinate in spring.  Any new plants won't be the same as the original though - Camelia seeds don't come true.

Using 12mm & 13m hosepipes with 1/4 inch fittings

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 19:25
KT53 wrote (see)

I'm obviously missing something but how can 1/4" fittings be for 1/2" hosepipe?

The intricacies of British Standard Pipe thread I'm afraid:


Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 19:06

Probably, as long as you keep cutting the heads as they appear.  If you let any go to flower/seed they may not make it through the winter.


Posted: 09/09/2015 at 19:57

To precis what pansyface quotes, if you have had carrot fly this year then don't grow your carrots in the same place (crop rotation is mandatory in my garden.)  Fleecing the carrots all season almost guarantees damage-free carrots but is a bit of a hassle and not very easy on the eye in my opinion.  I now grow mine in 60cm high raised beds, no protection, and don't get any carrot fly problems (the adults allegedly only fly about 45-50cm high.)

Pepper Plants no flowers

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 19:47

Yes, as Steve says start them early.  I usually grow varieties which are bred to grow in cooler climates and get good results.

Using 12mm & 13m hosepipes with 1/4 inch fittings

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 19:40

Usually, yes.  1/4 inch pipe fittings are for 1/2 inch hose which is 12.35mm.  A lot depends on the thickness of the wall of the hose itself.  Sometimes it is rather thin and standard imperial fittings don't grip it well.  I've replaced all of my various hose fittings with hozelock ones over the years and now everything is compatible, at last.

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