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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.


Posted: 15/04/2014 at 22:44

You lot have been busy.  I spent yesterday packing stuff for auction into boxes, seething about sister in laws stuff, listening to three estate agents with the same spiel, supervising house clearance man  and two helpers load a van with stuff, and then coming back down A1. Nice sunset over sheffield as we came past. it must be all the smog.

Today I had a long soak in the bath with Jack Reacher, watered the plants which were a bit on the dry side, went into Nottingham for a promised lunch out, realised when we got there I had left my purse, paid for 4 hours parking and went back home half an hour later. Retrieved purse, went to Felley priory for lunch, bought some plants, went to mums to pick up bird seed and duck food which had been delivered to her house, and then back into Nottingham tonight for dinner at a chinese tonight.

I will be glad to go to work tomorrow for a rest!!!!


Japanese knotweed shoots & Mower contamination ?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 20:03

For bindweed in a lawn, you could keep mowing. If you do that every three days it will give up eventually.

Or you could use glyphosate gel stick  and paint on the leaves, but then you cant mow it until it has gone brown.

HELP! Rapidly growing plant / weed ??

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 19:58

Cut it down and burn on site.

do NOT put in bin or compost heap.

Treat any regrowth with glyphosate weedkiller several times.

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