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Identify please

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 21:22

I'm at a bit of a loss too.  The way the leaves join the roots and the roots themselves, remind me very much of leeks.


Posted: 19/11/2016 at 21:10

That's going to take a lot of hard work!  Start by removing the leaves using very sharp secateurs or even a stanley knife - they are tough and fibrous (its common name is New Zealand flax and flax is used to make rope!)  I would dig a trench all around it, then start working under it, severing roots with a sharp spade etc. as you go.  A mattock would probably be my tool of choice for attacking the roots.

Who's the culprit?

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 20:21

Looks like textbook adult vine weevil damage, Charlotte.

Last edited: 19 November 2016 20:23:34

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 15:08

Dug over the new border before adding 5 trugs full of wormy soil from the veg plot then 20 bags of farmyard manure on top.  Kept me warm, anyway!

Now out to plant 200 tulips before it gets dark as it looks like rain all day tomorrow.

Terry, I never clear leaves from borders - they act as a truly natural mulch and will be pulled down by the worms.


Posted: 19/11/2016 at 11:32

Do you mean seeds of named varieties?  Not all named ones are hybrids so do come true to seed as long as they are grown isolated from other varieties.  That is the result of many years of isolation and inbreeding with the regular removal of any plants which revert or are different from the desired form.  More work = higher price.

F1 hybrid seeds of named varieties are produced by crossing the two original parent species and collecting the seeds.  That can take a lot of manual work and the parent plants have to be grown isolated with insects kept out so all of that work makes them more expensive.

I do agree with nut though as some named varieties are not much different from the species and not worth the extra writing on the label in my opinion.  I would say that if you want a named variety, buy a decent sized plant in a one litre or bigger pot.

Whats eating the cabbage!?

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 11:15

Looks like you have them netted though which is a good thing.  If I didn't net mine the woodpigeons would reduce them to stalks in a matter of hours.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 09:08

Ground frost last night. Lovely blue skies here in Leics at the moment but temperature is struggling to reach 2C.


Posted: 19/11/2016 at 09:04

That's correct, plants grown from seeds will be more like the common variety Nepeta cataria.  However, it is easy to get more identical plants by dividing it (done in spring or autumn) or softwood cuttings taken in summer.


Posted: 19/11/2016 at 08:55

Strawberries are completely hardy so no need for frost protection.  Judging by the fruit on them, they look like everbearing varieties but the fruit won't ripen now, so remove the fruiting stems but leave the leaves on.  In the spring, cut off all of the old leaves and you're good to go.

Because of the weed suppressing fabric, you will need to feed them with liquid feed when they start flowering again next year.  Tomato feed would be a good choice.

Personally, I wouldn't use the fabric as it prevents you from putting down a layer of compost or (better) well-rotted manure each autumn to feed the soil.  It is useful if the soil is very weed infested but I would have it off after a couple of years and return to an autumn layer of manure and hoeing to keep weeds down.  Your soil will thank you for it in the long run.

Garden tree wash

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 20:00

I think Berghill is spot on.  These companies won't tell you the exact ingredients as they would consider it a trade secret but if you were worried about it containing something in particular (such as neonicotinoids), they may be more happy to tell you that their product is free of it.

Edit: just saw your reply.  I would only consider using horticultural soap in the garden.  Maybe try a mixture of that and neem oil if you want to DIY.

Last edited: 18 November 2016 20:04:00

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