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what is this

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 11:52

Definitely common ivy - this is what it looks like right now in an out-of-control area in my garden:



Posted: 26/10/2013 at 11:32

Mornin' all.  Just off outside to shred the hawthorn prunings cut last weekend before they get blown all over the garden.  Looks a bit windy out there already although it's a tad under 16C so pretty warm - but I bet it won't feel like it!  Should get somemore bulbs planted later.  What would you guys suggest as minimum spacing for anemone coronaria?  First time I've tried that type.  I'm thinking of making several groups each about a foot in diameter and 2 inches deep - just not sure how many to chuck in each one.

Nasty spiny weed (probably)

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 00:19

It looks a bit like green alkanet but there are a few things which look similar when young, such as a comfrey.  Have you let any of them grow larger and flower?  That would help ID it.

Parsnip problems

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 00:11

I think the problem may be sowing in plug trays - have tried once in deep modules and it was a disaster - they need to be sown in-situ I think.  I remember reading that both carrots and parsnips send down a very thin long root very soon after germination and it is this initial root which later develops into the main body of the vegetable.  If that root gets restricted, damaged or hits a stone on the way down, misshapen roots will result.  On my clay soil it's a challenge to grow parsnips but I manage by digging a narrow trench about a foot deep and backfilling with a 50/50 mix of sharp sand and previously used MP compost and get good results.  The sandy mix warms up quicker than the surrounding clay so helps the parsnips germinate which is always a problem on cold wet soils.


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 22:16

Evening all.  Panda, cutting them back hard will result in a massive outbreak of suckers so avoid doing that at all costs.  I suggest either leaving be or removal.

New allotment overwintering

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 19:22

What type of soil is it MrsH?  Covering with anything which will eliminate light is what will kill weeds - it really doesn't matter what - if you hold it up to the sun and can't see light through it then it's fine.  I would save your pelleted manure until the Spring.

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 19:11

The area will be absolutely fine for veg, Gina.  Any annual plant in fact as the fungus takes a relatively long time to affect roots so they won't be there for long enough for it to become a problem.  The regular cultivation of the soil which automatically happens when growing veg will also destroy the rhizomorphs (bootlaces) through which it spreads so, in time, you are very likely to be rid of the problem. 

Bird Identification

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 21:55

Synchronicity Dove?  Anyone ever seen a pile of unattended real gold bars in the flesh?  

How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 21:48

Sounds like hairy bittercress, Berghill.  They have a knack of hitting me in the eyes when I'm weeding!  Might try a flame gun for killing the seeds - any recommendations for make/type?

Camera Corner

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 21:39

Excellent thread David!  I dabbled with photographing fireworks in 2009 and the results can be quite surreal:

 If that one posts properly, I'll post a few more, otherwise I'll edit and retry.

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