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I don't know what it is.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:01

Not sure...when I try to do a close up on the leaves, they are all out of focus. Could you post a good close up picture of the leaves please?

community project

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 18:06

Didn't all go in one reply and the layout is rubbish...thinking I should just have gien you their email address


community project

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 18:02

I have copied an email below I received from Capital growth. The  project which is based in and around London works as far out as me in Ilford and hopefully as far out as you. It would be a good place to get info. Hope this helps.


Capital Growth News March Dear Capital Growers
The Capital Growth team is been working hard in the past few months to bring you a host of events as part of the start of the growing season. Read on to find out more about  Big Dig, Growing for Health conference and more.  We hope to see you soon!

The Capital Growth team



  Capital Growth News Networking Event- Preparing for the 2014 growing season – This Monday!
Monday 10th March 2014 from 6pm to 8.30 pm
Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW (nearest tube station Brixton) 
This networking event is open to anyone interested in growing food in London. It will include workshops and presentations from successful community food growing projects. It will also be an opportunity to mingle with like-minded people growing food in all kinds of spaces in London while enjoying some complimentary food and drink. Booking is essential. To find out more or to book click here Big Dig - Saturday 22 March (sign up by Friday)
The Big Dig is a volunteering event designed to encourage local people to get down to your space and get their hands dirty, learn something new and hopefully decide to continue to help you throughout the growing season. Sign up before Friday and get free Big Dig postcards, posters and seeds! To find out more and sign up click here Grow Waltham Forest Conference - With speaker from Incredible Edible Todmorden
21st March: 1 – 5.30pm (6 – 8.30 networking party) 
Leytonstone Library - 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG
Waltham Forest invites everyone who is interested in food growing to come along to learn and share ideas to get more people growing and selling food grown in the London. Inspirational speakers include Rosie Boycott, Chair of the London Food Board, Mary Clear from Incredible Edible Todmorden and Manchester Veg People. Click here to book and find out more The conference launches Cultivate, Waltham Forest Council's first urban food growing festival which has lined up over 50 events, including a food-a-fair and gardener’s question time. Click here to find out more Inspiration from North American urban farmers 
The Russet, 17 Amhurst Terrace,  Hackney E8 2BT 
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 from 5.00 to 7.00
Last year our colleague Eloise Dey went to North America to meet urban farmers and the enterprising projects they worked on. She will be doing a show and tell of some of the interesting and inspiring projects that she saw in New York, Detroit, Chicago and Vancouver. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to share something that has happened at your food growing project over the last year that is innovative or successful. To book click here  Growing Leaders – Deadline to apply next week, Wednesday 12 March
This is our third Growing Leaders programme and it’s better than ever!  Growing Leaders provides you with expert training and advice to help develop the skil

Spawn 2014

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 21:26

The frogs seem to have completed their spawn and have left the pond...now the toads have moved in and spawned today. (Essex)


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:40

I bought my barley straw from a QD store for very little. It depends on the size of you pond how much to put in...Monty Don  did give the ratio last year but I've forgotten. I stuff an old leg of a pair of tights or an onion bag full of the straw, tie off the end and then tuck it away under overhanging foliage at the side of my pond. You can weight it down so it is just below the water line. As it rots down it releases harmless chemicals in the water that deters the blanket weed. It  takes several weeks before it really starts to work (rotting down) but continues to work for months on end after that.

As has been said, take out as much of the blanket weed as you can by hand in order to help in its reduction.

Can you please help me identify this plant, x2 photos attached, thank you

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:27

Cut the old stems down to the base. You can see already the new foliage coming through and the shoots will follow. You don't need to do anything else.


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:14

I feed after flowering with ericaeous food - marked as camellia/rhododendron feed. I think the most important thing to do for a camellia is to make sure it doesn't go short of water in late summer/early autumn when it is making its flower buds for the following year.

Strange nandina?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:03

I agree with wind damage particularly when looking at the ends of the leaves. Mine haven't started producing new foliage yet but should soon. I would give it a feed and some tlc to help it recover and I'm sure it will reward you.

Can you please help me identify this plant, x2 photos attached, thank you

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:00

Sorry artjak, it's definitely fennel. Seed heads on top photo and new foliage growing at base of plant in the second photo confirm it.

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