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Posted: 01/11/2014 at 19:33

Hi Wills, I'm afraid not.  Sweet peas and most climbers need something to climb up by various means.  Sweet peas have tendrils that twirl around netting, canes twigs or similar. 

Clematis wind their leaf stems around trellis or wires. 

Ivy will cling onto walls and fences without any other form of support, so will the climbing hydrangea, but they can get heavy and pull a fence down.

Sweet peas have to be sown fresh every year - you can sow them in the autumn and overwinter them, or in the spring.  Here is a thread devoted to growing them

Holly Bush monoecious or dioecious ?????

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 18:12

JC Van Tol is a really useful holly. 

But according to this website and several others I've checked, Blue Princess is a female and needs a pollinator - my guess is there's a male within bee-flying distance.


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:57

We eat lots of game.  I usually pot-roast pheasant in good cider, with apples/quince stuffed inside the cavity.  Any leftovers get turned into a pasty filling with some black pudding added. 

As for partridge, I flash roast them on a high heat for about 30 mins then leave it to rest - this is the best recipe I know  delicious

Tonight's we're having Confit pheasant legs and panfried pheasant breast with apple and black pudding, sweet potato mash and curly kale.

Can plants grow back their roots?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:25

Yes, roots that have been damaged will regrow providing they've not been damaged too much.  The problem might be that there won't be enough roots to provide food and water to the plant while the roots are regrowing.   That's why it sometimes helps to prune back the top of a plant when replanting. 

However if you want your avocado to grow as a 'tree shape' cutting it back will spoil this.  Some people cut their avocado plants back by two-thirds when they reach about two feet in height, and they then grow as a bush rather than a tree. 

Don't give your avocado too much water now - wait until the soil is fairly dry before watering again.  Roots need oxygen as well as water.

Is it too late to uproot my avocado plant?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:09

Applefritter - set some more avocado stones as soon as possible - then if the worst should happen, your heat won't be quite so broken.

Good luck


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:06

I've done some bits outside as well - just a bit of weeding and pottering - while some pheasant legs are confit-ing.  I'm doing a bit of a trial run for Pheasant two ways for when a friend and her hub come for a meal in a few weeks' time.

It's my birthday

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 15:46

Wow! Is that a Knickerbocker Glory!  Haven't had one for years. 

I hope Mahinur is having a lovely day.  She's a very pretty birthday girl

Dwarf Broad Beans and Pigeons

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 15:44

We have wood pigeons living in the ash trees above the veg patch - they've never troubled the broad beans and so far they've not troubled the purple sprouting broccoli or cabbages either! 

I have got a couple of sparkly seaside windmills stuck in the ground among the broccoli plants to give them a bit of a warning - they're not very bright.  OH has named one of them Peabrain

Good luck!

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 14:41
Forester2 wrote (see)

Let's have one in February when most folks are feeling a bit low.

We can have one then as well

Dwarf Broad Beans and Pigeons

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 14:35

I don't protect my over-wintering broad beans at all.  Two winters ago they survived 10 weeks under 18" of snow - if your garden is not unusually exposed and if you've chosen a variety that is known to over-winter well I would remove the cloche now.

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