BobTheGardener


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plant ID please

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 17:33

Are you thinking of opium poppies Nanny?  Oriental (perennial) poppies have green and often hairy leaves.  There are nearly 800 species of plants we call poppies so it's never easy to identify one!

Manure Problem

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 14:21

Yep, fine for turnips (which are brassicas anyway) but avoid planting carrots or parsnips there this year (next year will be fine) as those will fork in freshly manured soil.

Compost and Tomatoes

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 13:14

It'll be fine Chris, tomatoes will grow in just about anything.  Just feed them with a liquid tomato feed like tomorite once the first tiny tomatoes appear as the nutrients in commercial composts don't last long.  You can use the same feed on the sunflowers.

Manure Problem

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 12:37

Looks pretty well rotted to me, sea17 and I'd have no worries planting brassicas into the ground you dug it into.  If it smells like earth and not dung then it'll be fine.

Aphids on my wineberries? (and what to do if so?)

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 12:33

Yes, aphids.  Blast them off using the 'jet' setting on a hose spray.  The aphids won't have caused the blackened leaves though - that was probably frost damage.

plant ID please

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 11:48

First one is a foxglove.  The second one I'm not so sure about but the bud looks like it may be a poppy of some kind.

Magnolia

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 11:33

Agree with fidget.  The suppliers are a bit naughty sending bare root trees out so late and I have a couple of 'Lucky Red' bare root magnolias sent about then which are still alive (thumbnail test as above) but are still dormant.  I suspect they were kept in cold storage.  If so, they will just be behind and as long as regularly watered should wake up eventually.

Mysterious mint eater

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:38

Rabbits, woodpigeons?

Last edited: 13 May 2017 10:38:52

Is it to late to sow Sweet Pepper seeds?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:20

You're welcome sea17.  Let's hope for a good summer and some tasty crops!

kohlrabi

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:09

It's one of the easier brassicas, bookmonster.  If you have woodpigeons about then you'll need to protect the young plants or they'll quickly be gobbled up.  Other than that I don't have any problems with them.  Note that they grow fast and some varieties go a bit woody if left to grow too large (picked at tennis ball size is best) so I sow several batches a few weeks apart.  They are hardy enough to be planted out now but harden them off for a week first.

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