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What exactly does a 'sterile' plant mean ?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 09:24

I understand that most of them still produce nectar so are attractive to bees etc.  

I think some of the problems arise from the complexity of some flower forms which prevent the bees accessing the nectar, and not whether or not the plant is sterile.

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 09:13

Never been there myself but the photos look good - I understand some attitudes are a little 'behind the times'?  Perhaps they'll have heirloom tomatoes then?

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 08:44

Google reveals lots of sources in Australia - strange that they don't appear to be available over here - I wonder if my Tasmanian cousins can get their hands on some for me 

unknown plant/weed

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 07:51

Figwort .  This is obviously a good year for it; it's been cropping up all over the place.  It likes the damp - it used to be used medicinally by herbalists for skin conditions.

 I suppose technically it's a weed nowadays, but I think it's an interesting and elegant plant that you don't see often in the wild any more.  It was the first 'unknown' plant that I was taught to identify on nature walks as a child, so I'm quite fond of it   If the bees love it I'd leave it there for the rest of the summer - you can always pull it out later if you don't want it to seed - if it has already seeded you'll recognise the seedlings next year and you can decide whether you want to allow a few to survive or whether to weed them out while they're small.

French beans

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 07:44

New glasses definitely help, .  Don't forget to root around inside the foliage too - there'll be some in there trying to hide from you.

We've got a fabuous crop this year - I'm freezing some most days, as well as eating them with virtually every meal.  I'm growing Wisley Magic for the first time and I'm very impressed - a huge crop of show quality and very tasty beans.

What exactly does a 'sterile' plant mean ?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 07:39

In the usage you refer to, it means that the plant does not produce seeds.  It therefore needs to be propagated by cuttings/layering/division etc. 

Hardy Geranium - Propogation

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 07:36

You can lift and divide them in the spring or in autumn - I prefer to do it in the autumn as the soil is warm and the new roots get away quicker - the soil can be cold and claggy in the spring. 

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 07:19

Update - one more blighted leaflet removed in last 24 hours - otherwise all appear healthy, albeit with three plants with black blotches on the stems 

Purple Sprouting attack

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 07:17

Keep looking after them and put out some  beer traps for the slugs.  If they've only got the side leaves the plants should recover - if they've taken the tops right out they're probably gonners 

Go around the garden at night with a torch and grab the little beasties - also, I sometimes find that offering the slugs and snails  a more tasty alternative nearby will make them leave your plants alone -  a heap of chopped lettuce leaves at the end of a row of plants may well do the trick - then you can nab them and give them to a neighbour's chickens, or drown them or cover them with salt or ...... or .......

GW Presenters

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 06:55

Complaining about being shown how to make compost properly reveals a real lack of understanding of the principles involved - compost heaps have to be a minimum size in order for them to heat up properly and for decomposition to take place.  If you don't have room for compost bins then don't make compost - but not to show how to make proper compost?  How could it be a programme about gardening if you didn't understand that? 

You may not want a box hedge around your veg plot but there are lots of little terraced houses near here that have neatly clipped box hedges in their frong gardens, and there's also a little terraced house  where I've seen they are establishing a pleached beech hedge above their front garden wall to give their little plot more privacy.  If you've an imagination you will look at the techniques shown on Gardener's World and alter and adapt them to create something new for your own garden. 

It seems that some people are very literal - what they want is to be set a project, like homework, for them to complete.

Gardening is about learning about plants and techniques and using that knowledge to respond to the seasons and different climatic conditions and the environment you're living in to create something new of your own.  It's a creative art.  Monty Don et al give you the basic information and techniques - it's up  to you what you do with it.

Complaints about gaudy flower beds is funny - if you've been around as long as I have you'll remember complaints about Gardeners' World flowerbeds copying Sissinghurst and others and planting up soft monochromatic colour-schemes.  

And complaints about doing the same thing at the same time of year - words almost fail me!  If you don't like the repetitive patterns in your life that being a gardener creates, then why are you even watching the programme - scenes like this are put in specifically to create that feeling of continuity that is so much a part of gardening.

As I said, the only problem is that the programme is not long enough so it doesn't offer the opportunity to cover topics in depth.  

I find it hard to believe that you begrudge the showing of basic gardening techniques such as the planting of seeds etc, when from reading the queries on this forum there are so many people who know very little about gardening  and yet want to grow things.  If you're prepared to come on here and give a bit of time to share your knowledge and experience, why complain about the programme doing the same thing?

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