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Chickens

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 17:22

My good friends have 4 chickens, in a coop, allowed out under supervision when they are home.  If they were to leave them out all the time they'd probably have no planting  left   and the local foxes - of which there are many -  would have big grins on their faces.  Many people do  have chickens and gardens, I'd love some but our by laws do not permit.  i have noticed from my friends that they are more work that you might think, but probably you know that already.  Cluck cluck. 

Re-planted Sunflowers - Leaves wilting, generally not as expected

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 17:19

Not sure about that as a cause and effect BBE, children often do things we can't because they don't know they can't!!!   I'm sure they will do well and be gorgeous.  I'm very fond of the terracotta and orangey ones - 'Velvet Queen' I think they are called, but we have too much in the way of strong winds for such tall flowers here.

ants!

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 11:39

It also must be said that ants don't really do any harm to anything - I read once that there are 41/2 tons of ants oer person on the planet - and when I lived in Africa they were all in my kitchen!!!   They can loosen roots in a potted plant, just give it a really good soak and they will move on - all slabs and walls are full of them, let 'em be tends to be my way of dealing with them. 

Plant ID please

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 11:37

Looks a bit like angelica, anyone agree - or not?

Plant ID

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 11:34

I do hope someone knows as I am curious too - it looks nice but it could be anything - will keep an eye on the post in the hope someone can help.

A garden full a weeds!

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 11:33

We lost the use of an allotment because we had it rotovated - it was a mass - we were not aware - of mares tail.  All got chopped up, with the docks and other perennials, then each and eery piece grew a new plant in an amazingly short time - it became a write off as the mares tail meshed, the ground elder went over that mass and then the brambles came through - enough was enough & we stopped. 

Fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 11:30

Seems slightly odd that they have roots and no shoots, but as that is the case I'd be inclined to give them a bit more time before you start again - what have you got to lose really?  Time and patience often win. 

Compost for runner beans and sweet peas in a pot

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 11:29

Add some JI2  (you don't need 3, they are not mature, established plants which is what 3 is for) to whatever you use.  As they are going to be in a plastic pot, they will need the weight to stop them falling over as the runners get bigger.  Are you growing the sweet peas with the runners?  You may find that as the runners are large strong plants that the sweet peas get overrun - runners are pretty enough to go it alone, then you will get the full benefit of the sweet peas elsewhere.  When runner beans were first introduced they were classed as an ornamental because of their lovely flowers. 

Re-planted Sunflowers - Leaves wilting, generally not as expected

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 11:25

Don't worry too much, they will almost certainy recover -  it does not matter how careful you are removing plants from their growing cells or pots, some root damage will be done.  Then they go into a new place, with different soils - and then we wonder why they wilt?  Wouldn't you?   Give them a bit of time and patience, don't over water, that will kill them quicker than most things - now you have watered them in as you planted them, leave well alone - nature will want them to grow and it is very likely that they will. I hope the areas in which you have planted them are sunny, they are not called sunflowers just because of their looks, the love planty of sunshine as they grow (but then, don't we all?)

sweet pea - are mine annual or perennial?

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 11:21

Spencer waved are annual - easy way to tell after they have flowered is if they are perfumed or not - annuals are, perrennials are not.  Any just labelled 'sweet peas' are going to be annuals, the others cost more usually.  No, sweet peas are not difficult to remove, just pull them off their supports when they either get too moldy for you to bear, or actually dry up and die off, the roots are small and pull out easily.  Sometimes they will seed around a little bit, which can be fun to find a seet pea where you least expect it.  They grow quite happily over shrubs and along the ground, they don't always have to go up supports.  Spencer are just a type of sweet pea with particularly wavy edged petals - usually sweetly perfumed as well, though some colours seem to have more perfume than others.  The most sweetly perfumed are the smaller ones such as the original cuprani, but are not as striking as the newer hybrids such as spencer.  Much will depend upon what you are growing with them of course, they do better on their own as the tendrils can twist about other plants and probably be a minor problem, but it is not one I have come across. 

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