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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.

raised veggie beds

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:31

Almost everything except carrots and parsnips will love it!

Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:13

Think you might be right, nut.  Just googled and found some images with a slight stripe.

Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 20:11

Looks like a comfrey to me, possibly a cross between Hidcote blue and a wild one.  The leaves of Hidcote blue are only about 4 inches long compared to the wild one which can be 12 inches or more.  Love the stripes on the flowers - that makes it unique I think.

Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 07:22

I've grown them for a few years in a cold greenhouse in central UK and they do quite well producing about 3kg per plant with some individual fruits up to about 3-400g.  They grow well outside in a good summer but, like any 'outdoor capable' tomato grown in the UK, in a poor wet summer they will produce a poor crop and likely get blight, so fingers crossed for decent weather this year!   Sue is right - due to the weight of the fruits they do need good support so make sure you tie them with a soft twine or similar material which won't cut into the stems.

Plant biology.

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 07:05

Evolution and numbers, Mike.  A typical plant will produce about a billion pollen grains.  Many plants, while being capable of being pollinated by many different insects, have evolved to use one or two pollinating species in particular which they attract in a wide number of ways (eg by mimicking insect mating hormones);  This makes it more likely that a "preferred" pollinator is more likely to visit another plant of the same species and thus transfer the pollen.

The downside is that these interactions are so complex that the humble human race is unlikely to ever be able to collate all of the information, so we will continue to only find out when our activity leads to the extinction of yet another species.  A good example of this complexity is the Brazil nut, which was studied for decades (possibly over a hundred years) before it was understood:

http://thebrazilnutstory.wordpress.com/pollination/

 

what sort of a tree was that ?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 20:33

I agree, almost certainly a cherry.  If you can get near enough to smell the blossom, cherries hardly ever have a noticeable scent but plums usually do smell 'flowery'.

More Plant ID please

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 16:19

I agree with Dove.  If you absolutely must move it before the Autumn, then wait until it has flowered and snip off the dead flower heads.  Then transplant as in Dove's advice and water it every day for a week or two, then once a week (even if it has rained) until it dies back in the Autumn.  It will probably sulk though and not produce flowers for a couple of years.

Courgette

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 16:10

Better to start them inside, OL.  They don't like the low temperatures at night in a cold GH.  A sunny windowsill indoors is perfect.

Courgette

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 14:21

Hi LL, I start mine off in 7cm pots and transfer to 15cm which is big enough to keep them in until you plant out.  When there is a lot of leaf area, you do need to keep up with the watering as they dry out fast!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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