Chapelhead


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Wot, no basil!

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 19:44

Local garden centres generally have a selection of herb plants for sale - typically the usual suspects, some slightly more unusual types, and more types of mint than you can shake a trowel at, but rarely basil. Is there some reason why basil plants don't appear on the garden centre shelves? I know they are easy enough to grow from seed (as are many other herbs), I'm just puzzled by this absence. Why doesn't Lord Basil appear alongside his herbidacious cousins?

Crumbly raspberries

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 21:51

Fruitcake - are yours red or yellow?

Crumbly raspberries

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 18:35

It's true they are fat and juicy, but they're such a mess once picked that it hardly seems worth the bother. I think I may gradually replace them with another (probably red) variety.

Crumbly raspberries

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 15:37

Last winter I acquired an allotment, with some autumn raspberry bushes. I've grown summer raspberries before, but not autumn ones. I don't know what variety of raspberries they are, but they are 'yellow' rather than 'red', so perhaps Autumn Gold or similar.

What I have found is that they go from unripe yellow to ripe golden, but at this point they become very 'crumbly' and fall apart into individual drupelets when picked rather than stay as a single fruit.

Is this usual for autumn raspberries? Could it be because of the variety I have? Is it weather-related? I don't think I'm leaving them too long before picking them as before this stage they seem unripe (they don't pull off the stem easily).

Any ideas?

Forsythia - and wisteria

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 20:03

Wandering around the garden today, I noticed that one of my two forsythia bushes is looking very unhappy. It has a large number of leaves that are brown around the edges. Many of the leaves are also turning yellow, especially along the veins. The problem resembles blight in potatoes or tomatoes (but forsythia isn't in the same family as these, so I wouldn't expect it to have the same diseases). I can see a similar browning of the leaves on a pot-grown wisteria in another part of the garden, which might or might not be related to the problem with the forsythia.

 

Any ideas? 


 

 

Warning!

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 15:08

What 'meadow saffron' and 'autumn crocus'? 

 

You could have the same problem with Dicentra, depending on what common name you use.

Cress question

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 06:55

Mine are by a west-facing window, partly shaded by a tree, so I don't think they need lots of sun. And a very sunny spot might make then dry out too much. I grow them on a handful of sheets of kitchen towel and I make sure I dribble water onto them every morning as otherwise drying out is a problem.

Cress question

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 23:13

Mustard and cress seem to be underrated just because they are so easy to grow - no gardening programme is ever likely to mention them. I have a half-size tray of each on the window-sill pretty much all year, giving a weekly harvest. Mustard, especially, has a lovely sharp flavour.

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Wot, no basil!

Basil plants in garden centres 
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Last Post: 24/03/2016 at 06:53

Crumbly raspberries

Raspberries fall apart 
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Last Post: 11/10/2015 at 21:51

Forsythia - and wisteria

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Last Post: 07/09/2014 at 23:37
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