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Bad batch of runner bean seeds?

Posted: Today at 07:54

I had a packet of runner beans, new this year, not one germinated. The seed company replaced them, after I had resown with another packet. I used commercial compost, sown at the same time as my sweetcorn, same conditions. All the sweetcorn came up.

Last edited: 28 June 2016 07:54:48


Posted: Today at 07:49

But at least the garden  hasn't dried up while you've been away.

If you find a lion in the undergrowth, send it round to the neighbours.

Couple of plants for ID

Posted: Today at 07:45

I think chive cha cha is also a distinct possibility. If it is big, there is also Babingtons leek, that forms onions on the top of its flower stems, or the Egyptian walking onion.


Posted: Today at 07:38

Good morning ,Pat. How is HRH?

Couple of plants for ID

Posted: Today at 07:26

I think the first, chive type thing is Allium vineale "hair"


Posted: Today at 07:17

If the neighbours have an abandoned neglected garden, that is a brilliant idea. Maybe offer to sort it and share produce by way of rent? Or it might just shame them to do something with it. It could be handier than travelling to an allotment. Even if you only grow potatoes and runner beans the first year, something simple to whet the appetite.

Couple of plants for ID

Posted: Today at 07:08

If the yellow flowers belong to the leaves on the last photo, it is a wallflower.

Fruit trees

Posted: Today at 07:05

If you only want one, unless you have a close neighbour with a suitable pollinator, it will need to be self fertile, or one of those family trees, with more than one variety grafted on.

Should I give the bishop a pinch?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:08

Yes, I pinch them out lower down  that that, about every six inches


Posted: Yesterday at 11:06

I find they drop most seed as you cut them. Leave them in place, the goldfinches find them. The purple flowers are good for bees. The hollow stems when you cut them down can go into making a bee house for solitary bees.

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