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What have I got here

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 19:13

Initially I thought it looked like a brassica of some kind but those fine hairs at the base of the leaves don't look right for that.  I seem to recognise it but can't quite put my finger on it at the moment.  Something is having a munch at it, so hope it survives long enough for identification, nut!

Brussels in raised beds

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 19:05

Hi Daisy, Brassicas and brussels in particular do need firm soil to prevent wind-rock which damages the roots and leads to 'blown' sprouts, so Matty is doing the right thing in his raised beds when growing them.  As you have the choice, I'd agree with you and use the traditional bed for brussels, reserving your raised beds for 'value added' veg and those which don't need as much space as brassicas.

Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:05

Hi Heather, this will grow in almost complete shade if you need to brighten a dark corner.  On the downside, it spreads by underground runners and can be invasive, so keep your eye on it!


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:02

Hi all,

I put up my new 4x2m polytunnel a couple of weeks ago and haven't looked inside since.  The ground was clear when I erected it..

At least I know it's working!  Definitely now have a job for when the rain comes later today!

What Would You Do Next?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 15:57

Herbs grow well in well-drained raised beds.  I love basil and grow 6 types in one of mine.

Check what gramps is growing and choose something else - I tend to go for stuff which is expensive or not available in the shops.

Strange Discolouration on Zinnia Seedlings

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 15:36

I recommend only watering seedlings from the bottom as drops of water on the leaves is a route in for fungal infections (not saying that is what this is, but..)

Lilly beetle

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 15:32

Pretty certain they will munch any lily or fritillary as well as the occasional other plant too, the little blighters!

Dreaded vine weevil

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 14:15

 Hi tattianna, yes once the birds have picked-out all of the grubs it's fine to use the compost on borders.  Vine weevils rarely infest garden soil, much preferring compost in pots.  If you have a lot of potted plants, it's worth investing in a small pack of nematodes and treating them all. 

I.D. please?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 14:07

I don't think it's a weed either.  Possibly an Amberboa?

What Would You Do Next?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 14:00

Yep, MP will be fine - just mix it in well.  I add some to all of my raised beds if they need a top-up and I've no home-made to hand.

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