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Mystery Blue Plant

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 13:30

Dayflower (bob in swamp) commelinaceae.


Posted: 25/01/2015 at 12:46

I saw this today and it got my thoughts racing. So thought i would share for those that like to grow for show.

The company selling the tomato plants has even stumped up a £5,000 jackpot for anyone who can grow a Gigantomo tomato that breaks the world record of 7lbs 12oz
The plugs are expensive at £14.99 for a pack of five. It can also be bought as seed, with six costing £3.99! I would love to give it a go. just to see what could be achieved.


Needing some assistance in this big project!

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 12:28

I would take all the cuttings down to the end of the garden and burn them (with care). This will sterilize the soil and kill off any remaining weed seeds. Not sure it will kill the plant but it must help in eradicating it.

From there you will see what is what. You can then start removing the roots. After that you will just have to see what starts growing again and then use the glyphosate weedkiller, let it die back and then gig it over to remove roots again and just keep repeating the process.

Fungus knat larvae in seedlings

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 11:38

You will need a microbial insecticide. Bacillus thuringiensissubsp.israelensis (Bti) it is unavailable through retail outlets as it is for commercial use only. Try Bayer and see if they have anything containing imidacloprid.

Nematodes will get rid of the Larvae and it's my prefered method. Keep doing the vinegar traps and allow the growing medium to dry between watering, especially the top 1 to 2 inches. This will decrease survival of any eggs laid and/or larvae hatching.

You can place a slices or wedges of potato into the growing medium. The larvae will migrate to the potato and start feeding within a few days and it can then be removed.

What plant or weed is this ?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 11:13

I think we can all agree that it is Epilobium. We will just have to wait and see what it looks like if it grows to maturity.

Great looking secateurs

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 10:47

Joe_the_Gardener. If you have a thick patch of thorny plants and you need to remove diseased stems and leaves, then they will stop it from falling onto the ground where it would be difficult to remove.

Hello. I'm new!

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 10:38

Welcome Pammy Wammy.

From the look of that beautiful garden you will have a few things to teach us.

Lidl Compost

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 10:29

I was very impressed with Gro-Sure compost last year and it was cheap. It was recommended to me so may be trying it again this year if I need it. (make my own now) 

I think it all depends on the batch when it comes to compost it must be hard for the suppliers to keep it at a constant quality. The main (more expensive) names are usually constant so if they can do it, I'm sure the others could try harder.


Plant Selection Planning

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 10:19

If you are lucky the composting of the manure will have killed any seeds but you will always have a constant battle with weeds. The wind and birds bring them in and you just have to try and keep on top of them. Any rotted manure will improve the soil so it can only be a bonus to add it.

Discussions started by Edd

ISIS problem.

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Egg dilemma?

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Rain water

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The National Rose Society books. Need new home.

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Trilliums for Lily.

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Got this nice present today and i know its not from here.

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Slug farmers. Volunteers needed. (There's is method in my madness)

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Is it just me?

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Dare i or not???

should i plant this or not? 
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Major boo boo!

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Paper pots, first year. Will this become a problem.

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Beekeeper request.

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Growing mealworms for beginners.

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Vermicomposting for begginers

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