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raised veggie beds

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 13:23

Nice one Steve!  My 'work' work is very technical with IT systems playing a larger and larger part as the years go by;  Gardening is my 'cure' for all of the technological madness and works brilliantly as an escape so I hope it does the same for your twins!  Vjwuk is right about growing leafy things in the first year - they will remove any excess Nitrogen that adding all of the manure may bring in.  I generally ache quite a lot at this time of the year but it's a superb way to keep fit - no gain without pain as they say!

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:36

FG - it's probably the most important 'skill' to being a gardener I reckon!

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:30

Hi all, after replying to a recent thread I just noticed a Wisteria I grew from seed about 15 years ago has finally decided to flower!   I expected it to take at least 5-7 years, but just goes to show how reticent they can be!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42430.jpg?width=243&height=350&mode=max

Only one flower bud though - hope it doesn't fall off and that next year brings more!

Wisteria

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:22

Hi Sally,  I would concentrate on training the new shoots which will form the new main framework.  Once they have reached the length you want, you can start the normal pruning regime again.

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:06

Hi Italiophile, I agree and grew Stupice last year as a back-up in case we had another rotten Summer in the UK.   I won't be bothering with that one again although, as Jim said, they were still better than the average supermarket ones!

FUNGI

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 11:46

I agree with landgirl;  Just remove the fruiting bodies whenever you see them and you (and the cat) will be fine.  That vast majority of poisonous fungi (and there are surprisingly few that will kill you, although most will give you an upset stomach) are shaped like toadstools and this is not one of them.    Fungi are a gardeners friend as they are just about the only things which break-down woody matter and release nutrients back into the soil for plants to use.

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 11:38

It seems to grow quite happily behind a North-facing wall near me and gets almost no sun, so it'll probably be quite happy there.  Hopefully it will flower and those will brighten-up that shady bit.

Best companion plant for Strawberry's?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 10:48

I've grown strawberries from seed and it takes a long time - 2 years before first fruit, so if you want fruit this year, you need to buy potted strawberry plants (the larger the better.)  Bare root strawberry plants shouldn't be allowed to fruit until the second year.

Plant ID please

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 10:44

Hi Mrs Garden, it's common elderberry.  I'd just cut it off at the fence line.  Common elder often self-seeds from bird droppings.  It grows like mad and can become very large very quickly.

Metal in soil

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:41

I would contact the council and explain that you think the soil may be contaminated and see if they will test it for you.  If there are any heavy metals in the slag, it would be unsafe to eat vegetables grown there.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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A week of rain = jungle garden!

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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Oops!

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On Freeview/Sky 
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