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Smelly

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 13:10

Pure guess - do you have any Red Valerian in your garden?

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/280793/

It's the roots which stink on that one, not the leaves or flowers.  Can't stand it myself.

Id please

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 12:28

Once the seed heads open you can just sprinkle them over the area - the seedings are quite distinctive so you will easily spot them (in fact there is one near the bottom of the photo.)

Id please

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 12:17

Yes, they do seed themselves readily.  That is not the native one (Aquilegia vulgaris) and looks like it has some of the 'barlow' genes.  You can never tell what the offspring will be like but are often closer to the native one than the parent as they cross-pollinate so much.   Lots of fun to be had in crossing them.

Another ID please

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 12:10

It's one of the (many!) common weeds in my garden, so I spent some time identifying them all once.  Know your enemy is one of my mottos, especially after I once grew 'strawberry sticks' (Chenopodium capitatum) and, the next year, thought they had seeded themselves so let it grow.  Big mistake as what was growing was Fat Hen (Chenopodium album) and I've been plagued with it ever since!

BTW, strawberry sticks taste of very little - waste of time IMHO!

Broad beans - should they look like this?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 11:56

Did you add any manure to that bed recently?

Another ID please

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 21:36

Nipplewort (Lapsana communis) I think.

New gardener

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 16:29

Squirrels looking for bulbs or nuts they buried last autumn?

Time to plant out runner beans?

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 16:27

Mine are also going out this weekend (in fact in about 10 minutes!) and I'll be also planting some seeds in the gaps between plants as usual, just in case anything happens to them (eg slugs, pigeons, hail, frost, wind - just a few of the likely culprits!)

Bugs and markings on return from holiday

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 16:21

Looks like leafhopper damage to me.  You either get an infestation of these or none at all in my experience.  Had them a few years ago and all of my brassicas had that sort of damage to the leaves which looks like something has sucked the life out of a small spot (which is exactly what they do.)  See if you can find any of them under the plants - they jump like fleas:

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=leafhopper+damage&biw=1206&bih=650&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=G5pgVZRMyazsBv2qgSA&sqi=2&ved=0CCAQsAQ

 

Asparagus New Shoots

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 20:20

I agree.  Mulching with a weed-seed-free compost (such as a commercial bagged one) is the best way to suppress weeds in an asparagus bed, then no hoeing is required.

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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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