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Gardens we have visited 2015

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 13:16

We went to Trentham gardens last week.

First we went to see the monkeys at Monkey forest


 They have some cute babies at the moment.

trouble with sweetcorn

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 13:01

Lots of water needed for sweetcorn. It is noticeable that mine have put a surge on after each heavy downpour.  Mine are just starting to show the male flowers at the top but these haven't opened yet. The females(on the side) that become the corn cob, are not yet showing.  I planted my plants out in early June. I wouldn't expect to be eating them until late August.


Posted: 15/07/2015 at 10:53


If you want to be extra careful, wash it first.

If you have hogweed in your garden, I would put thick clothing on , covering all skin, cut it down and burn it.  It is really only dangerous if it touches bare skin that is then exposed to light, it then causes photodermatitis.


Posted: 15/07/2015 at 10:48

Hopefully rhe mods will get on the job before someone clicks on it and gets a computer virus instead.


Posted: 15/07/2015 at 10:42

Dont click on it whatever you do.

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Chinese foxgloves

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 10:36

I thought what was called chinese foxgloves was the paulownia tree.

When & how do blackcurrents need to be pruned

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 10:04

I moved some canes last winter. New canes you buy will be similar. In winter, when the leaves have fallen off, dig up a new shoot that has come up a small distance say a foot from the original plant. Mine tend to throw up new shoots anything up to three feet away. I have had them go under a slabbed path and up the othe side. You want a healthy  upright stick, preferably as thick as your thumb. Dont bother with spindly bits, they take ages to get established. Sever the root with a spade. You need as much root as possible. I then give it a soak for half an hour. This is important if you have bought in bare root canes via the post or a garden centre. Then replant your new canes , by digging a shallow trench and spacing them out with the roots along the trench, about 18 inches apart. Fill it back in with soil, water in well, and then mulch to keep down the weeds.

Grape vine has a disease. Can anyone offer any advice?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 09:48

Grapevine blister mite. If only a few leaves, pick them off and burn them. If all leaves are infected, it causes more damage to the vine by removing all tge leaves, than by leaving them.

It will not affect othe plants in the garden.

Is this a Jasmine?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 09:43

Honeysuckle. Give it something to climb up or through. Its good on fences or as part of a deciduous hedge. Trim it after flowering if it gets too big.. I just hack all excess off in winter.

You may have seen parts of this before?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 00:17

Just think yourself lucky that you got a bean. You could have got  a cow on the back lawn. You son is called Jack isnt he?

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