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Latest posts by Calendula

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 16:41

I'm a bit of a 'hack it back and see' gardener and on a few occasions have regretted it. I had a go at a berberis too late one year and missed all the lovely golden flowers the following year - but at least it recovered. I had a varigated 'something' climbing the front of the house which looked so vigorous I thought hacking it back to the main stem wouldn't hurt - now it's just a stump and because I have no idea what it was I can't replace it

Mangetout seedlings: 'pinching' and dying

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 08:13

marshmello - the seeds are proprietary F1s and develop fine. They then (as I said) develop this tough 'pinch' at the base of the stem and start to wilt.

Bob - I think that must be the problem. Even with window and door open the thermometer has been showing over 30 degrees some days and down to near freezing at night. I will sow some more but leave them outside.

Thanks everyone.

Mangetout seedlings: 'pinching' and dying

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 14:10

They are in exacly the same compost as other veg seedlings and they haven't been affected. So unless they are particularly pea-loving slugs, no - I don't think it's that. They don't look bitten.


Posted: 05/05/2013 at 09:49

If the flowers are blue and pink and it's low growing it could be lungwort or pulmonaria. Do the leaves have pale spots or splodges?


Alternative lawn

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 09:36
Joanne Shackleton wrote (see)

I'm not anti grass by any means, but we have a huge garden with a huge lawn, I'm trying to cut down on the amount of time my husband spends mowing it as he's taken up golf!!!!!!!!!

Hang on a minute. YOU are trying to cut down on the time your HUSBAND has to spend mowing the lawn because HE has taken up golf? Two soutions: do it yourself or tell him HE has to find a solution. He's the one causing the problem!

Mangetout seedlings: 'pinching' and dying

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 09:16

I' an experienced veg grower but haven't encountered this before. I planted some mangetout seeds undercover a couple of weeks ago (I don't plant veg seeds straight into the ground because the slugs would have them practically before they appear) and they quickly produced strong healthy plants. Since then almost all of them have developed a tough 'pinched' area at the point the stem emerges from the compost. They still look healthy but gradually keel over and die because clearly water isn't getting from the roots to the rest of the plant.

They have been kept well watered but have been subject so some fairly extreme diurnal temperature changes in the greenhouse. Could that be the cause? If not, why is this happening?

Pruning a Privet hedge

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 13:51

Im my experience it is impossible to kill privet and it benefits from really hard pruning. Now is probably not the best time to do it (there may be birds nesting) but you certainly won't do it any harm in the long run.

Help with Sweet peas

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 13:31

Im my opinion they would look odd just one plant per pole per pot - is that what you are planning? If your containers are big enough I would create a wigwam of at least three poles and then plant one at the base of each pole - pinching out the top to help it develop more climbing stems.

weed supressing membrane

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 13:24

1 month is certainly not long enough, and in my opinion it will never kill an established lawn 'stone dead' on its own. I used it on very lush grass on my allotment, but it only kept the light out to weaken the top growth. I still had to dig out all the roots to stop them resprouting. Once your ground is weed (or grass) free membrane will help to slow regrowth, but don't rely on it to kill the lawn altogether.

Border edging

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 14:46

My garden is all paths and borders (no lawn), all with curved edges, and all edged with logroll. I have just pulled up and replaced it for the same reason. I looked for an alternative but couldn't find anything that didn't look horribly artificial or could be made to curve successfully. I'm resigned to do it all again in 5 years time!

Discussions started by Calendula

Pepper problem

Can anyone help with what's causing this 'rotting' of my bell pepper skins? 
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Last Post: 08/08/2014 at 18:34

Escallonia 'Apple Blossom' - few flowers

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Last Post: 08/08/2014 at 01:07

ID please

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Mangetout seedlings: 'pinching' and dying

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Last Post: 06/05/2013 at 09:43

Help needed: robust rain protection

Can anyone recommend a good folding umbrella? 
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