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Rhubarb Leaves

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 19:44

While rhubarb leaves will not kill your chickens if they peck at them, the high level of oxalic acid will leach calcium from their bodies, causing them to lay very fragile eggs so not a good idea.  

They'll be fine on the compost heap, the oxalic acid breaks down quickly and becomes harmless.

Hydrangea Soil PH?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 18:28

You could use a lime free compost to be on the safe side.

Hydrangea Soil PH?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 18:27

I'm fairly certain that white hydrangea's stay white whatever the PH.

What is it?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 18:17

I didn't use anything special - just wiped them off with a damp JCloth (they came off easily) and then washed it down with the hose.  I'm keeping a very close eye on it as it's a gorgeous standard bay I grew from a cutting and I'm very proud of it.

Beetroot cyclindra

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 18:02

Well they're definitely not beetroot leaves - just occasionally seed companies make a blooper and this looks like one.  I'm trying to think what those leaves  could be - they do look familiar but I can't come up with a name at the moment.

Maybe you should pull them out and give the onions and cabbages a bit more room, the 'not beetroot' do rather look as if they're taking over!

New Potatoes

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 17:51

Splits usually indicate erratic watering - probably more to do with the weather than any fault of yours.

The blisters are probably scab and another indicator that they'd been very dry and then had a lot of water.

They'll be fine to eat. 

Need help identifying trees

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 17:47

When you click on the picture it gets bigger - the tree behind the piece of furniture looks as if it could be a Rowan (Mountain Ash).  Does it have creamy white flowers in spring and red berries in autumn?


Posted: 04/07/2012 at 17:44

I find layering is the simplest way to propagate honeysuckle

I'd do it now - conditions are ideal (well they're ideal here in the Eastern UK) damp and warm, and the honeysuckles are growing well and the shoots are nice and flexible.

Floppy Rose

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 16:58

There's info here too, but still no pic

Think I saw some on the Chelsea tv prog this year - and I have been to Helmingham Hall Gardens (really well worth a visit).  The rose supports are a sort of metal dome-shaped frame.  I've a feeling that Xa Tollemache also uses bent hazel to do this as well.  

Beetroot cyclindra

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 15:51

Hmm, that doesn't look like beetroot to me - the leaves should be a simple shape with a deep red stem, see here

I'm growing this variety for the first time this year, I sowed them in April and thanks to the cold weather they're still quite small, but they do look like beetroot, and yours don't.  What else have you sown there?

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