Emma Crawforth

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Talkback: How to grow sweetcorn

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 14:09

Hello Kgosi,

It's still a bit early to sow sweetcorn. You can start in mid-April, and at that time you need to do it under glass as it needs warmth to germinate. 'Lark' , 'Earliking', 'Golden Bantam' and 'Earlybird' are all tried and tested early varieties. Pick one variety to grow at a time. You could be harvesting the crop from around August / September.  Have a look at our project on growing sweetcorn and Adam's blog for some tips.

Enjoy it!


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Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 10:52

Hello Lucy3,

It's actually John Innes! Anyway here is an explanation of the John Innes numbers .

As you can see, they have a seed compost as well as the numbered ones.

Enjoy your propagation,


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Foxtail lillies

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 14:58

Hello Green fingerd will,

I've grown quite a few varieties of foxtail lilies. Some rootstocks produced many flowering shoots by their second summer in the ground. Others only one or none. I do hope you get a lot. They can be really spectacular.


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Green Pond

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 14:49

Hello Oz,

For an interesting take on algae in ponds, read Richard's blog. Remove what you can by fishing it out. Leave it by the pondside for a while so that pond creatures can crawl back into the pond. If you have a large pond, the traditional method of dealing with algae is to put barley straw in there in spring, taking it out in the autumn. However for small ponds, you can buy liquid barley straw extract from garden centres, which does the same thing. It's good to remove dying lily pads, but living ones can help promote the shady conditions that you need. If your pond is in the sun, try planting shade-giving plants around it. Good luck!


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Which plants for pot?

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 14:32

Hello northchiel,

aubrietas come to mind. They enjoy free-draining soil like agapanthus, and are capable of growing out 'sideways' forming a nice clump. If you find them getting too pendulous, they are very easy to trim. I used to have them in my old garden, but don't in my current garden, which is making me think I must get some myself!


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Bizzie/Busy Lizzies!

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 12:31

Hello lilwead,

The first problem bizzie lizzies suffered from was the downy mildew, which came to the UK early in this century, and does not affect New Guinea impatiens. The virus, necrotic spot virus, has been around a bit longer and affects a wide range of plants, not just bizzie lizzie. It is a real shame as they are great plants for shade. Fortunately, begonias are also good for shade. Our begonia and fern pot display looks great.


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Talkback: Earwigs

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 11:45

Hello earlybirdie,

Earwigs can be active at this time of year if it's warm enough. Unfortunately we've just had some unusually warm weather for the time of year so it looks like they've been active on plants we wouldn't normally associate them with. They can be helpful in the garden as they eat pests and decaying material so trapping them is often better than outright slaughter.

Another culprit is deer or muntjac, which are partial to spring flowers. Have you kept a watch at dawn and dusk?


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Posted: 16/03/2012 at 11:12

Hello gardenbabe,

They do do well in pots, and this is a good way to provide the acid conditions they require. Have a look at Chris Beardshaw's video on planting them.


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Strong Dog Urine

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 11:07

Hello batlady,

Have you looked around the forum? There are are few posts about dogs and gardens including this discussion of dog urine on lawns. I'm sure you'll find some helpful responses.


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Wood chip

Posted: 15/03/2012 at 18:01

Hello Wildflower2,

You'll be doing what professional landscape gardeners do in areas like supermarket carpark plantings if you put down a membrane. It's a great way of reducing weeding, but it will limit your options a bit. You won't be able to change your planting in a hurry, or suddenly decide to sow seeds of annuals to fill spaces. Make sure you water carefully as well, so that the newly-planted shrubs get plenty of water to their roots through the holes you have made for them in the membrane. However, for avoiding weeding it's a great idea - and of course that's why professional landscapers do it!

Let us know how you get on.


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