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Posted: 21/08/2013 at 18:38

If you have a PC, get Irfanview (free), rotate and SaveAs jpg (choose 75% quality)


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 19:17

I think you're right suspecting squirrels.  Not much you can do.  Dogs or cats will chase them away, but netting is usually useless against them.  Sweetcorn freezes very well, so if they are ready to eat, pick the lot and freeze them.


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 19:13

Very likely caterpillars.  Rabbits love parsley but do eat the stems, too.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 20:50

That looks like it, Dove - felt sure it had to be a vitis of some kind.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 19:15

I inherited some plain red and some yellow tulips which grow to 18" tall and come back every year (now for over 30 years), but I obviously have no idea what variety they are.  This in clay soil, too.  Maybe I should set about propagating and selling them!  As others have said, apart from these all of the ones I buy only last 2 or 3 years at best.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 19:06

Good luck with them Stacey - I found them challenging and only about 3 or 4 out of a whole packet germinated (T&M mixed hybrids - they no longer seem to stock those..)  I've had better luck with seed collected from my own heucheras though - but probably because I had 100 times as much seed!


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 18:53

I've only ever germinated these indoors and used a (very) thin layer of fine-grade vermiculite to keep them damp but let light to the seeds (which are like dust!)


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 18:48

I would say grape of some kind - my Kiwi leaves are oval and hairy, but perhaps other kiwi's have grape-shapes leaves?


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 18:58

Hugo, it may be nutrient deficiency, but first have a close look at the back of the leaves in case there are spider mite or thrips.  You will need a magnifying glass as they are tiny.  If no sign of pests, it could be chlorosis which means one of several nutrients isn't being taken up.  Ironically, over-feeding can cause this - are you feeding, what with and how often?

No fruit showing on Butternut Squash in polytunnel

Posted: 17/08/2013 at 23:25

Liquid comfrey feed is high in potash and quickly absorbed.  In fact, I put several comfrey leaves, covered with a layer of soil, at the bottom of my squash planting holes when they go in.  The rotting process may produce a small amount of heat too which may help when they are young.  Excellent results so far this year - biggest squash I've ever grown and am also impressed by 'Harrier' - will definitely be growing those again.

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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