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Posted: 05/08/2013 at 00:02

Hi Mike, welcome to the forum and I'm sure you'll enjoy it - there's a wealth of knowledge and experience here as well as some great characters!

How to grow Soya Beans

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 15:35

Paul, the main two ways to eat soya are either eating the beans when they are still green and cooked in their pods by nipping off the top off the pod and squeezing them into the mouth as a kind of snack (look up "edamame".)  The main way though is to wait until the pods are brown and dry, in which case the hard beans are removed, often soaked overnight before being boiled until soft enough to eat.  Either way it is important that they are cooked as like most pulses they contain poisons which are destroyed by cooking.

Plant IDs needed

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 12:35

The first and second ones look like dahlias.  Can't help with the third one though.

New house, new garden, total newbie

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 20:53

I agree, don't do anything drastic for a year so you can see what you have.  Many plants are expensive and some take years to establish so it would be a shame to accidentally remove or damage any good ones you may have inherited.  When you do tackle a section, it's always best to concentrate on a small area at a time and do it well.  That way you can really appreciate your own efforts.  Doing bits here and there can lead to frustration as you often can't see any improvement when looking at the garden as a whole.  Good luck and enjoy it!

Weed or Plant identification

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 18:06

Good spot addict - would also explain the sheer number of them in the later photos.

Grape Vines

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 17:06

Have a look at the RHS grapevine pages David:

Come back with any questions you may still have.


Posted: 03/08/2013 at 16:46

Are you sure they are new buds and not old flowers?  Once the petals drop from dahlia flowers they look very similar to buds but are wet inside and do sometimes rot instead of forming seeds.  Apologies if you already know this!

Weed or Plant identification

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 15:47

Looks like a tree seedling but I can't ID which one.

big and black

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 15:25

Alan, read this advice from the RHS:

Basically if you choose a self-fertile one like Sunburst which is grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock like Gisela 5, you can grow it as a fan against a south-facing fence or wall, but they grow too big for espalier or cordon training.  As you are in Pembrokshire the Gulf stream should keep your area warm enough as sweet cherries don't grow well in northern UK climes.

Bee programme tonight

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 22:16

Very good.  The conclusion seemed to be that several factors are involved but the main problem is the destruction of diversity in habitat caused mainly by our agricultural methods.  A simple answer may be to have wider margins of wild flowers around fields and sowing strips of bee friendy flowers within existing fields.  Bees in cities seem to being doing well, almost certainly thanks to the diversity of plants we gardeners grow! 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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Cost of bird food

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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Front garden revamp - before and after photos

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The sparrows have had a good breeding season 
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ID trumpet flower

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Bee spotting

Have you seen any bees yet? 
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New deliveries

Tree and shrub planting 
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Flower ID

Pink flowered perennial 
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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

More of warning than a plea for help.. 
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