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I think my sweet peas have sunscald - what to do?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:37

Did you harden them off first or did they go straight from a greenhouse to final position?. I suspect cold or wind on tender leaves would be more damaging than sun at this time of year.

Plug making tool

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:34

I had a plastic one a long time ago, I only used it for one season. Its like making mud pies, the compost mix has to be really sloppy. Moving individual blocks afterwards was a pain, and keeping all the sides moist wasn't easy either.

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:31

Frank, I think engineers are different.  My OH was apprenticed as a patternmaker, but then went to do a B. Ed in design and technology. When they got to the patternmaking bit, he ended up taking the class instead of the lecturer, as he said, he had a lot more practical experience. His twin brother teaches latin and has a B.A, an MA, a Ph,D and a cert Ed, but he always dismisses his brother as the one who likes to get his hands dirty ( never happier than when under the bonnet of a car). Should the apocalypse happen, I know who will be more use.

When I was ten, I was asked what was I hoping for for xmas. I said a greenhouse, I doubt it would fit on santas sleigh. The person asking gave me a very funny look.

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:10

OK I'll correct that... my teachers hated it.

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:02

keen amateur. Learnt from my Grandmother at the age of 5

been at it 50 years, growing bedding plants and toms to sell by 14.

 I've got more gardening books than the local library.

Arguing with biology teacher at grammar school over cucumber plants at 16. He said there were male and female flowers on different plants, and they had to pollinate to form cucumbers. I knew that you could get all female F1 cucumber plants, or plants with male and female, and if you pollinate the cucumbers taste bitter.

Teachers just hate that.

The dreaded JKW?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 21:00

It looks more like bindweed. Still a pest but you can fork it out or spot treat with a systemic weedkiller such as glyphosate

What do you think this is?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 20:26

Himalayan honeysuckle aka Leycesteria formosa.

Plant biology.

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:15

I think its as Jim says. A bee will spend most of its time on the same type or species of flower. So that bee picks up pollen from the first (for example) rose, and then spends the rest of the day on roses. So roses get pollinated in an area. Another day it might have a preference for lavender and spend all day on lavenders. It doesn't go from rose to lavender to dahlia. That would, as you say, mean that the plants don't get pollinated by the right species.


Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:09

Jack Reacher is the 6 ft 5 inch ex military cop in a series of books by Lee Child.

He was played by the 5ft 6inch (in his heels)Tom Cruise in a recent film. I've now read about 5 of the 17 books, so I've got plenty to go at. I'm not reading them in order so they're jumping around a bit in time terms.


Posted: 15/04/2014 at 22:46

Oh and now I've bought special duck food, I think the ducks have abandoned us.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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squash crown prince

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I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Identification needed

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Felley Priory Bluebells.

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Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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