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Leeks

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 23:11

It's caused by spores of the leek rust fungus which are blown in by wind.  As the particular rust which affects leeks spends its whole time on living plants and doesn't survive on dead leaves, it's likely it was blown from another infected plant in the surrounding area.  Leeks are one of the few veg that can be growing at any time of the year, so there's always a host around somewhere.  I had it on my leeks about 10 years ago but never before or since.

Help needed plant/weed

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 22:14

A fine example of a weed called Fat Hen which produces abot 20,000 seeds so it's not surprising they get everywhere and probably in the compost of the plant you were given!  Here the link on this site:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/problems/weeds/fat-hen/467.html

 

Grape vines

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 19:07

Hi Jacqui, yes it will much prefer being in the ground to a pot.  You can plant it out at any time, but now is ideal.  Congrats of finding a home you are happy to finally settle in!  

Bilberry

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 12:29

Good idea about the windbreak, Obeliixx - now you've mentioned it I think I'll do the same with fleece and leave the frame up so it can be netted after the bees have done their job to prevent the birds scoffing the lot!  I was thinking of building a proper fruit cage and moving everything into it but, like you, I don't mind the birds having a fair share.  However, I've a feeling the wood pigeons equate the phrase "fair share" with "eat every single one even if it means getting too heavy to fly"!

re- what to grow next year

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 12:19

Simon, the 'fartichoke' thing is genetic - either you are affected or aren't.  I am, but that has never stopped me from eating them - superb roasted!  Once you plant them they are there forever though (barring glyphosate) - I still have them coming up in my fuit patch even though Ive been digging every one up as soon as I see it for 6 or 7 years.

I agree about climbing French beans but they are a bit picky about the weather so growing several types every year is good insurance against one of them giving a poor crop.  Cobra usually do well for me but were pitiful last year.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 09:39

I'll lift the red one, Verdun, but the others will have to take their chances - 50/50 judging by previous years (providing I keep the slugs off, otherwise it's zero!) 

Chicky, I find them easy from seed but do raise them in the conservatory as the seedlings are very sensitive to cold and snuff it even at the mere mention of frost!  I grow them on to be quite large plants (12" tall in 5" pots) before planting out.

Thanks for the kind comments - late clematis, dahlias, cosmos and geranium wallichainum are the mainstays in my garden for colour from now to the frosts.

Whats the difference,Fresh or green.

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 22:29

As my OH always seems to be in the bathroom when I need it, my compost heap has a very useful second function!   Some folk are a bit put off by the thought of using compost that has been thus watered so I tend not to mention it to non-gardeners (even though urine is sterile at the point of exit..)

Caterpillars

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 22:14

The bottom one is the caterpillar of the Great White butterfly, common on brassicas.  First one is a bit out of focus so tricky, but probably a moth caterpillar?

Sparrows!

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 22:00

Hi goldfinch, wrens are much smaller than house sparrows which are about the same size as bullfinches, but less colourful.  The male is a bit more striking, but still mainly brown.  You can tell a wren by its short sticking-up tail. This is quite a nice site for identifying common British birds:

http://www.garden-birds.co.uk/

The house sparrow used to be extremely common but has been in decline for the last few decades and has gone completely from some areas.

Ants on rose - why?

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 21:43

Sara, they follow the hormone trails of each other so there may have been aphids on it which are now gone, but the ants will just keep following the trail for a while.  I saw a nature program where some (Army ants I think) broke of from the main trail and formed a circle - they eventually died of starvation.

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