Dovefromabove


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Two plants from one seed?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 12:11
nutcutlet says:

I think beetroot and beet seeds are more than one seed.


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 Yes - the 'monogerm' was really that the seeds had been processed in some way so that they were split into the individual seeds rather than the cluster.  I think they were then coated in something (clay?) so that they were large enough to be sown individually by the seed drill.  

Big big weeds - help

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 09:41

The bees love alkanet - and it is pretty for a couple of weeks, but if you don't have a large garden and you want something a little more formal, it quickly becomes a thug - and we don't want to put Aaron off gardening do we? 

Two plants from one seed?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 09:33
Hostafan1 says:

Beetroot often produce more than one plant per seed. 


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 Sugar beet used to be the same - farmers spent a lot of time/money on 'singling' the beet by hand with a hoe (I used to do it when I got home from school).  I can remember the huge difference it made when 'monogerm' seeds were introduced - no longer were the fields full of gangs of men, women and children with hoes and bent backs for a month each spring.  

Broad Beans

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 09:28

Broad beans start producing from the bottom up so if yours haven't got any lower down it's probably down to a pollination issue.  However, the ones you've got look as if they're doing fine - enjoy 

Big big weeds - help

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 09:24

No need to panic!  Looks like a good crop of Green Alkanet with some Herb Robert (a wild geranium with smelly foliage) and some other odds and ends.  Get yourself some sturdy gardening gloves and a long sleeved jacket (alkanet can be a bit bristly) and pull them out then dig up the roots.  


Then, if you get more than a little regrowth I'd spray it with a weedkiller containing glyphosate - leave it for a fortnight to go brown (this indicates that the roots are dead) and pull it up again and dig over.  You should then have a border ready to add some organic matter and get on with planting.


Enjoy 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 08:55

Good morning all   I won't brag, but I didn't wake until 7am this morning   What's that about?  Now I've had dippy egg and toastie soldiers and have made a pot of coffee ... when that's drunk we're spending the day in the garden - OH is getting the slow cooker from the back of the pantry and the rolled shoulder of lamb can go in there with onions and a sprig or two of rosemary for this evening 


I once fell asleep while laying on the concrete floor of a sculpture studio - I had straws up my nose and an art student applying Plaster of Paris to my face to make a mask - if I lay down I go to sleep - it's as simple as that ........ usually .......... 

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 16:17
Hostafan1 says:

and even better Dove, you'll be stopping in Devon overnight. 


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bugs on roses

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 15:26

We feed the birds in our garden and put up nest boxes - we spent yesterday evening watching a pair of bluetits hoovering up aphids from a rose bush and take them into the nest box. Not an aphid to be seen this morning. 


No need to spray with noxious chemicals that kill good and bad alike  - leave it to the birds.  

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 15:15

We'll be using it Verdun ... sorreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 

Watering solution for disabled people+

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 15:12

Choose the right plants and it shouldn't need much watering after the first few weeks - have a look here


https://wolvesinlondon.com/2015/10/22/inspiration-from-beth-chattos-garden-9-tips-for-drought-tolerant-planting/ 


Good luck 

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