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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 21:21

One of the tree peonies opened:

I've been trying to cross the blue aquilegia caerula with mckana giants (which don't seem to have any blue):

for ages and finally got a result:

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 21:08

Finally got my brassicas (brussels, savoy & caulis) planted:

They've gone into my 'fruit' cage as woodpigeons would otherwise scoff them within hours.  Couldn't have done it without the help of my little mate though:

Potato problems

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 20:54

Unfortunately, it looks like a case of early blight - have a look here:

and some images:

Last edited: 28 May 2016 20:57:34


Posted: 28/05/2016 at 16:50

Good idea and start as many off as you can as it's likely only a small percentage will resemble the parent in any way but it's definitely worth a try!

It has a very unusual shape so if you find any offspring are similar then you could try and isolate those plants and cross-pollinate between them.  That's how new cultivars are bred but it's a long, long process.

Garlic disease

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 16:44

It looks like Leek rust which also affects garlic and other alliums.  There is no treatment but the bulbs should continue to develop, so I would just leave them.  Don't compost the top growth after you harvest though - either burn it or throw in the household waste.  I also wouldn't keep any cloves for replanting and would get fresh when the time comes.

Last edited: 28 May 2016 16:44:35

Cucumber plants yellow patches on leaves

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:54

Looks like a bit of leaf scorch caused by water droplets on the leaves magnifying the sunlight.  I don't think it's anything to worry about and the younger leaves look perfect.

Which tool?

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:48

If they're only an inch thick, a jigsaw would make prettly light work of it.  If you let it cut rather than pushing it hard the vibration would be kept to a minimum and you'll get a nice clean cut.  A chainsaw would do it in seconds but the vibration would be severe and the cut ends would be messy.

Chilli plants fruiting

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:44

I've always left mine to do their own thing but In do grow a lot of plants so not so concerned about how tall and bushy the plants get.  Perhaps experiment and remove from some but not others?

Cutting raspberries back?

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 12:35

I've done that in the past but the autumn crop is much reduced and sometimes the new canes which appear in spring don't fruit in the autumn as they should.  If you also have summer fruiting types nearby it gets inceasingly difficult to see what is what so I went back to 'standard practice'.

Preventing birds eating strawberries

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 12:27

And wire netting will also work against grey squirrels (if you have them) who simply chew through standard bird netting.

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