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Nasturtiums

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 14:34

Jane Grigson is also a food hero of mine - and given the choice of free capers or free nasturtium seeds, I'd choose the capers - but I don't turn my nose up at free food.

I also love the leaves in salad, and they're superb in  sandwich with some slices of salami   I love that mustardy bite 

Plant identification - please help!

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 14:32

Leycesteria Formosa - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=1149 

If it's getting too big you can cut it right down to the ground and it will re-shoot 

Rotting courgettes

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 13:53
Lyn Plant-Wells wrote (see)

I have 2 courgette plants in my tiny veg plot and the majority of the veg are going brown on the tips before they are properly formed. ....Help!

I blame the Darleks   You need a Sonic Screwdriver 

lawn help!

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 11:35

That link doesn't work 

Mice or possibly Mouse

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 11:34

Then that's a house mouse - certain 

One down, probably several to go - I do love a good Jack Russell 

Help identify plant please

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:16

I think it's a fantastic plant - they can grow into quite impressive plants and are useful in wilder areas of the garden, as well as a 'statement' plant in the border. 

Soil Improvement for 2015

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:15

Hi Sue 

The soil here was very free-draining sandy loam when we moved here three years ago next week .  The veg patch was started the following spring and I've just dug in as much farmyard manure and home-made garden compost and leafmould as I can get my hands on and make.  The soil has improved beyond measure in that time and although it is still very free-draining it's becoming dark and crumbly and crops are improving year on year (although we still have to dig out roots from the boundary ash trees every spring). 

I also give each patch a sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone when sowing or planting out, and scatter some chicken manure pellets a couple of times through the growing season. 

Good luck and keep us informed with progress 

Help identify plant please

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:06

Hi Grey Squirrel 

It's Phytolacca americana - Pokeweed - as with many garden plants it can be toxic, although if properly treated it can be used medicinally. 

Brown rot on victoria plum tree

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:03

If there are fruits that are partially damaged, you can salvage the undamaged portions and use them for plum chutney or even a delicious Chinese style plum sauce http://eatingrichly.com/09/traditional-chinese-plum-sauce-from-scratch/ - I've done this and it was fine.

Good luck 

Cutting back of Elm Hedge

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 08:43

How lovely to have a healthy elm hedge.  I'm from East Anglia where we lost all our mature elms to Dutch Elm disease - younger elm growth seems not to get infected, so it is important that elm hedges are managed properly to keep the growth young and disease free.

This http://www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org/assets/Publications/Biodiversity/Elm-hedgerows.pdf has lots of information which should be useful.

Good luck - it would be interesting to hear how it goes.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Bargain Roses

For a limited time only 
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Prepare for a heatwave!!!

It's not winter yet ....... 
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Recording the weather in your garden

Do you? 
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Gardener's World discussed on Points of View

Complaints about change of time and cancellations 
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Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

All welcome ............who's coming? 
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If you're buying big pots ....

Beware of being offered stolen property 
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Grafting fruit trees

An art and a science 
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Slugwatch

Reporting the Spanish slugs 
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Last Post: 07/09/2014 at 15:49

Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Last Post: 20/08/2014 at 06:41

Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Last Post: 19/08/2014 at 06:16

Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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Last Post: 13/08/2014 at 18:54

Achillea

To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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Last Post: 06/08/2014 at 22:45

Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Last Post: 25/07/2014 at 08:27

Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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Last Post: 20/07/2014 at 14:46

DIFFICULTIES POSTING?

How to get around the current problem .... 
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