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What is eating my foxglove?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 09:23

Probably a combined attack - they gang up on us you know 

sweet peas and sunflowers

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:22

Sweet peas are hardy - mine have been planted out for ages - if yours are still inside they'll need hardening off then get them planted outside as soon as possible.  Lots of info here 

Sunflowers are not as hardy and need to be inside overnight until you're sure there'll be no more hard frosts - but I'd be putting them outside in a sheltered spot in the daytime now to start hardening them off.


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:14

I grow very few brassicas now, but in the past I always sowed them in a seedbed in the veg patch.   I found that they grew into sturdy seedlings and were ready to plant out at the same time as those started inside earlier by other gardeners - the only problem was slugs and pigeons - lots of sharp grit incorporated into the seedbed seemed to deter most of the slugs - beer traps got the others.  Nets kept the pigeons off.

Most brassicas are hardy in the UK and prefer cooler temperatures rather than beng molly-coddled.


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 07:57

Good morning Verdun

My Autumn Joy didn't survive the winter - another unnamed sedum also succumbed 


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 07:46

Good morning all 

I'm sure Ma would thank you for your birthday wishes - if she remembered!!!   So I'll thank you on her behalf 

A lovely morning here, but showers are forecast - one more coffee needed and then some errands to run - will the rain hold off until I've got time to get into the garden and sow those wax beans ?????

help pomegranate tree

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 07:43

Hi Kirsty

Are you in the UK? Although pomegranates are hardy in the UK, they require longer and hotter summers than are usual here in order to fruit.  

will my new four tier plastic greenhouse work same as a glass one?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 07:37

I use a mini-greenhouse more in the way I would use a cold-frame - they don't function as a greenhouse because they are too small which allows much greater fluctuations of temperature - I have them open all the way during the day and just closed up on cold nights.

Fruit tree walk way

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 07:33

I would use posts and wires either side of the walkway.

The planting distance between the trees depends on their rootstock and how large your trees are going to grow, but they can be planted just a few feet apart - they don't need to be as far apart as standard fruit trees in an orchard. 

What is eating my foxglove?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 07:12

Wood pigeons in gardens seem to focus on one or two plants that they can tear the leaves of, and young foxglove leaves are very tearable - that looks just like the damage wood pigeons do to broccoli and fields of oilseed rape. 

Hang some old DVDs or bits of silver foil or plastic streamers from canes around them for a while - it won't look pretty but the wood pigeons will move on to something else.  

They've taken the growing tip out of that foxglove, but it will send up some flowering spikes from sideshoots, so all is not lost. 


Posted: 26/04/2014 at 07:07

Oooh yes, in the garden border - such very pretty things - they'll self-seed too so you'll have some next year too - mix them up with other cottage garden plants, you'll have a picture 

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