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white spots on sage

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:49

It was probably allowed to dry out in the pot at some stage, which makes it susceptible.  It'll probably be fine now it's planted out. 

ID please

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:35

There's some great ones in the churchyard at Cromer  (North Norfolk coast). 

Is this a raspberry plant?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:28


Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:22

It's easy to transplant - just take up some rooted bits and plant by scraping a shallow planting area and watering in  well.  It's a pretty thing in the right place - but do think it through before planting.

It can be really rampant in a shady damp spot. 

Last edited: 22 May 2016 20:24:46

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:08

A good day spent in the garden .... well, most of it anyway.  Shed moved, new compost area set up and started, broccoli pulled up, tomatoes potted on and some general tidying done.  Later on this afternoon I drove out to a friend who lives near the coast with my surplus tomato plants - she's going to have some for herself and sell the rest for the Cats Protection League.  She gave me a couple of her tom plants, some courgettes, basil seedlings and some of Sarah Ravens red amaranthus.   I forgot to take her my excess Pattypan squash plants and some old duvets (for the rescued cats) so another trip will have to be made unless she has time to venture out this way.  

We spent a good couple of hours eating home made fruit cake, drinking coffee and trying to put he world to rights.  You'll all be relieved to know we've managed it 

While I was away OH dug over the new peninsula bed and removed tree roots, clumps of grass and other 'stuff'.  It'll soon be ready to plant 

Last edited: 22 May 2016 20:08:45

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.


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