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Lupin growing advice needed

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 10:20

 ............not only slugs and snails, but the dreaded lupin aphid.  If your area does not have these, then go for it - they are lovely plants.  I used to grow them until the lupin aphid reached here (east midlands).  The aphids are huge, grey and disgusting, and the birds ignore them - they lay waste to lupins in avery short time.  I tried a tree lupin but they liked that just as much.  I no longer grow lupins, but love to see them where they are well grown. 

weedkiller in peat-free compost??

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 10:18

Basically this is nonsense, unless he has been buying some very dodgy compost!!   I have been using peat free for a few years now, it is a bit more difficut to get on with but once you work out it's watering needs, and possibly sieve it for tiny seeds, it is fine. All of my plants grow well in it. I do use JI2 with it for some potted plants, as much for weight as anything else. 

Plant ID required

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 10:16

At a glance I see nothing in that pot that looks like mint, and I grow several varieties of it.  The seedlings I do see look like weeds, possibly rose bay willow herb, but at any rate, not mint.

Often it is better to buy in a small plug of mint, as it can be difficult to grow from seed. It is widely available.  Better yet, if you know someone who grows it, ask for a cutting, it roots very easily.  Suggest you keep it in a pot as it spreads worse than a forest fire!

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 10:13

Aha Zoomer, they caught you out too huh?  No, although they do go into the compost for the winter, where they hatch out into the following years red horrors, the eggs are laid on the leaves of the lily.  Each egg becomes a first stage larva, and then coveres itself with its own excreta, sticking it to the leaf.  If you look under the leaves, you will see black sticky spots, slightly irregular in shape, each is a lily beetle larva.  They need removing to reduce the numbers that will grow over the winter and hatch into full beetles next spring.  Use an old cloth or something to wipe it off with, it is all quite disgusting.  Some of my leaves were so full of  it that I just took off the whole leaf.  So far, that has not been necessary this year.  The beetles themselves come out less when it is cool, and in numbers when it gets warmer.  If you have found 4, there are many more somewhere.  Sometimes you see them on other plants on their way (I assume) from one plant to the next.  They eat fritillaries as well, but not day lilies which are not a member of the true lily family.  Some people have had such infestations that they have moved over to day lilies from asiatic or other lilies.  You do need to keep yur eyes open, they're there, the little perishers!

sowing seed .

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 18:23

It is  surprising what can do well even when sown now - and anyway we are all weeks behind, and we will (Hopefully) have a glorious late summer as well as the one we are currently enjoying, so they will have plenty of time in which to grow.  Hope that doesn't come back to haunt me as a  ' whoops ' remark. 

Another Mystery Plant thread

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 18:21

That could be aloe 'pheasants breast' - I inherited one when my son went to live in America and passed all his succulents and cacti on to me - being a softie and his mum I agreed to keep them - and I don't really like those type of plants!  Anyway, there is one like that, one of the few I do like, and that is its name. 

HELP Please! Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 18:19

Such a pity rhus is such a pain, as it is so lovely in autumn - our neighbour across the road has one, and I am very happy to admire it from afar!

A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 18:17

Yet I struggle to grow that in any shape or form!!

 I bought a very nice shrub some years ago, cannot recall its name, it has very divided pinnate leaves and trusses of fine white flowers - and it is a thug par excellance!! I am forever pulling unwanted bits out of the garden,  it has runners that must be yards and yards warning on the label of course, which is long since lost so I can't even tell people what to be warned about. 

Growing by the Moon Calender

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 18:14

I've never done it myself, but a colleague of mine, a physiotherapist, swore by it, and it is for sure that she grew wonderful vegetables.  Whether this was becaause of the moon calendar or whether, because she put that extra work and care into them, they grew well anyway I cannot say.  It is known here, but as I said, I have not done it myself.  Would be interested to know what others think about it?

Talkback: Edible weeds

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 18:11

A few young dandelion leaves make a nice addition to a green salad, but they will make you wee more than usual. 

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