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Fruit and veg growing

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 20:35

I think for runner beans I'd use John Innes No. 2 loam-based compost.  They should be fine in your garden - my little patch was north-facing and we still got quite decent crops. 


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 20:29

Dove has been ordering a clematis  It will be delivered next Tuesday 

It looks the most gorgeous thing It's to go on the fence behind that pink rose Bonica that I ordered yesterday 

Edited to say:  look what it says about it here  

Fruit and veg growing

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 20:23

Hi Kassie 

Is this the sort of thing you intend to use?  That looks quite substantial compared with the usual type of growbag.  

I'd have a go at the runner beans if I were you, but remember they do need quite a bit of water - I'd use a loam based compost rather than the multi-purpose types.  It will hold the moisture better and it will also be heavier and provide more stability.  Tall bean plants with lots of leaves will catch the wind and blow over unless the base is very weighty.  

In a previous garden when I was very pushed for space I grew all sorts of veg in containers, including dwarf French beans and Borlotti Firetongue beans - I grew them in large plastic crates - the sort that are used for recycling bottles etc.  We drilled lots of holes in the bottom and stood them on bricks to make sure the drainage worked. 

Good luck 

Urgent help New Lawn

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 20:15

Rosemary - could you show us some photos of the lawn please, we might get a better idea of the problem 

Potatoe Shoots Up or Down

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 19:57
Busy Bee2 wrote (see)

....  Don't know why, but I just did as I was told!

I'm glad someone does - there's not enough of it about these days! 

Help with identifying plant by smell.

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 19:53

Artjak - we had that fantastic sunset too 


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 19:48

Lily, Mme Alfred Carriere is gorgeous, and even the foliage is scented - I'd have said it was a pale pinky blush white.  One of my favourite roses. 

pea supports

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 19:37

Take a look here (if you watch Timeteam you'll recognise Francis Pryor) - I've not grown peas for some years and when I did I lived in the countryside where I could get  faggots of hazel pea sticks from the chaps who cut the hedges and coppiced the hazels.  They are absolutely the best way of supporting peas.  

Other types of twigs will do, but hazel are undoubtedly the best as they are flexible yet strong.  The thing is it's probably difficult to get them at this time of year, but next winter ask around in the countryside ....

Kill Grass and Weeds

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 17:29

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in several brands of weedkillers of which Roundup is probably the best known, so go to a garden centre or DIY store and check on the labels. 

Weedkillers containing glyphosate need to be applied in warmish weather when the weeds are in active growth and have plenty of leaf to soak up the liquid.  Treat according to the directions on the pack. You should not cover the weeds with plastic when they've been treated.  

The trick with glyphosate is that you must leave the weeds until they die and turn brown before you pull them up.

If you pull them up before then the roots will still be alive and they will grow again and you'll be back where you started.  

Work out how many square metres you need to treat - the containers will say how big an area they cover - that way you won't buy more than you need.

Once the liquid has dried it is harmless to children and pets etc, and it does not linger in the soil so as soon as your weeds are dead you can get on with planting your allotment. 

Help with identifying plant by smell.

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 17:15

Yes, Crown Imperials would be my guess too - we have some on the terrace and the smell is quite strong - apparently some people smell it more than others - fox-like, very musky. 

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