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Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:30

 Just for you Verdun   Sorry about the plastic spoon

Carrot query

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:26

No, you don't want your carrots to flower!

Carrots usually take two years to complete their lifecycle.  In the first year they build up a store of energy in the root - this forms the carrot that we want to eat. 

In the second year the energy from the carrot is used up to produce the flower and seeds.  The 'carrot' becomes old, withered and tough.

A shock to the system (e.g. drought or root disturbance) can cause the carrot to flower early (in the first year) as a sort of self-preservation strategy as it 'thinks' it's going to die.

Hope that explains it


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:22

Here you are Bushman

 Coffee Verdun?

Unidentified cherry pest

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:11

It's a shame that you can't eat the cherries and very worrying for the UK's cherry farmers - the work of the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate is fascinating and so important.

Please keep us informed.

Where would you put them?

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 06:58

Last summer I put Black-eyed Susie in a large pot with a 5 ft teepee of willow canes for them to climb up - they looked fantastic on the west-facing front porch and received lots of compliments.

I don't like to have plants climbing up/over roses - think it's asking for fungal attack etc - I like to let the air get at the leaves - Black-eyed Suzie foliage can get quite dense.

Species roses

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 06:40

I do love species roses, and in previous gardens I had a few - love pimpernellifolia and their cultivars. 

You had no frost at all last winter?  Whereabouts are you?

Can I save them?

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 06:28

Just to clarify - wet weather isn't the cause of blight, but warm wet weather can create the perfect conditions for the blight spores in the air to settle on the leaves and multiply. 


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 06:21

Fidget, I've got a good crop of foxgloves popped up in the veg patch, courtesy of the home-made compost spread on there in the spring - I'm going to move them over to the Wilderness before the purple sprouting brocc is planted out. 

Help yourself ...


Half Barrel Pond

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 06:18

This site has lists of plants suitable for half-barrels.

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