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Shady space question

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 21:03
My hubbies has reminded me that we grew potatoes and runner beans quite successfully at our old house and the garden there was quite shady

Shady space question

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 19:04
The motto I heard was that anything where you eat free fruit or root needs sun. But if we aeg the leaves, stem or buds then you can get away with partial shade.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 08:47

Uk safari is quite good as well 


My white pom pom tree has turned pink??

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 18:34

The name is confusing as they can be white or pink and as we can see from this post not reliably one or the  other!

Can i grow new poached egg plants next year from these seeds??

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 18:28

To dry the seeds just leave them somewhere warm on some kit hen paper for a few days, that should do the trick

Can i grow new poached egg plants next year from these seeds??

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 08:36

I would have thought so as it self seeds anyway. Am not sure how well the seed will keep some like to be sown straight away. if storing you will need to make sure you dry it thoroughly and then keep it somewhere dry and cool. Re the storage maybe sow some in autumn and then some in spring and see which comes up, does best?



Posted: 29/07/2013 at 08:28

I would prune it down so that it is not trying to support too much top growth this will give the plant more energy to try and re-establish itself. Also make sure you regularly wat it until it has established itself. Should be ok, am sure I am not the only one who has succumbed to temptation and moves something at the wrong time of the year 


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 08:25

No reason. At all. They are the same family. It's just that we treat and see them as different things, many vegetables have pretty flowers. We had loads of pea seeds which we planted and then picked the flowers, just as pretty as sweet peas and a much better crop of flowers than we have ever had peas!

pruning native trees

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 08:23

if you are pruning to restrict growth then you can do it now or before end autumn. Pruning in winter will when the plant is dormant is usually recommended as most pruning is intended to encourage growth. As you want to try and restrict and contain the growth it will be fine for you to do it during the summer

Poorly Hedge

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 08:15

Laurel can be vulnerable to powdery mildew and your grey covering sounds very typical. The leaves will curl in as the tissue dies. Am assuming you didn't find any bugs inside the curled up leaves?

powdery mildew is caused by overcrowding and plants suffering stress eg from being to dry. I suggest that you trim off the affected leaves to improve the appearance but don't prune to aggressively if is is rife as this will stress the plants more. Give thenm a good watering and mulch. You can get spray treatments for powdery mildew although not sure how effective these are once it's got a hold. The plants should survive and recover anyway anyway it's more unsightly than anything else. But a good feed and spray treatment at the start of spring next year should help prevent it. Also make sure you clean up any dropped leaves and bin these as they will be carrying the fungal spores.

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