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Fruit Set

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 11:15

I'll have to make one


Fruit Set

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 10:58

Yes pinch out the top shoots and steam them and toss them in butter and black pepper - delicious - the addition of some crispy fried bacon bits is heavenly

black fly, green fly etc

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 10:48

Yes, you only need a small squirt per pint of lukewarm water - I use Ecover.   But I only do this as a last resort and haven't had to do it for a couple of years now, which is a good thing because soapy water still harms beneficial insects as well as the aphids.

I've encouraged beneficial insects and birds into the garden and they keep the aphids down to a minimum - when the aphids first appear earlier in the season if there are any bad infestations I brush most of them off with my fingers or use a jet of water from the hosepipe.  Otherwise the ladybirds, wasps and bluetits deal with them.  No problem.

Fruit Set

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 10:42

Dawn, I think that you may have read something that's been explained badly.

I think that what you're being told to do is to pinch out the growing tips of the broad bean plants when the lowest beans have begun to form.

There's a video here to show you how to do it

and as it says, cook and eat those shoots - they're a treat I look forward to every year


Posted: 18/06/2015 at 09:28

Panda - sock it to 'em


Posted: 18/06/2015 at 08:48

I'm sure I remember hearing someone (possibly Percy Thrower or Arthur Billet) saying a long time ago that you put cuttings around the edge of a pot because clay pots are porous, therefore the compost around the edge of the pot will be a little dryer than the compost in the middle, which will reduce the risk of the compost being saturated with water and increase the amount of oxygen in the compost which will prevent the cutting from rotting.

Of course, it would be different for plastic pots.

Helpnwith ID of plant

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 08:36

I do remember geranium/pelargonium ... that's probably a triumph


Posted: 18/06/2015 at 08:20

Fg   Grass keeps growing

Helpnwith ID of plant

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 07:08
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Is it silene now

I hadn't registered that. What else has changed?

No idea Nut - I don't usually remember these things, but we had loads of this outside the office where I used to work and every summer colleagues would ask me what it was.  It was no good telling them it was Lychnis as they'd look it up and tell me I was wrong so I had to remember Silene  

Jumbo pea nuts

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 07:04

Good luck - let us know how you get on - squirrel proof feeders that work are a good find, so where to get the peanuts will be helpful to others too

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