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Onion advice

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 15:47

Sets can usually be planted straight into the ground in March. The sets should be firm when you give a gentle squeeze. Any soft ones may already be rotting.

 I find I do better with seed, but they have to be started in a greenhouse around Christmas time.   For  red ones I use Red Mammoth from Robinsons. Kelsae and White mammoth improved produce big onions. Bedfordshire champion produce smaller onions, but are good keepers. I have just used the last of them from last year, still firm and not sprouting.

Also I noticed that one or two of the seed firms  had onion plants for sale. these will have been grown from seed this year.  I believe Robinsons do plants for sale as well. Its too late for this year though.


Lupins from seed

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 15:36

If you want the seed to sow, you must leave them on the plant to ripen.

If you just want to tidy the plant up,cut off all the spike and dispose of.


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 15:11

The mirror part of mine is plastic. The housing is plastic.  When the other one falls off I'll get out the double sided sellotape. Its parked between the houses and doesn't bake in the sun all day.

The man next door says he hasn't seen many birds yet,although he seems to have a lot of frogs.   Thats because he hasn't put up a feeder, and all the birds are scoffing in my garden.

Ichneumon wasp

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 14:26

You mean hunting spiders grabbing flies like this

 On the back door frame.


Posted: 12/06/2014 at 14:16

scorchio here.

I had to go into Derby and be photographed and identified(passport, driving licence NI no and recent utility bill). This is so I can use a smart card in the computer at various places of work.100 yards down the road I noticed by wing mirror seemed wrong. I leaned out and it fell into my hand. As I was already late, I had to travel down the A52 without a wing mirror. Pretty scary (and also illegal as the man in the garage told me).

Anyway, clutching my new smart card, I called in at the garage. The man behind reception got some glue out and stuck it back on. Apparently this is happening a lot with the hot weather. Built in obsolescence. As I bought the car from them, they didnt charge me ,so I went on my merry way to Morrisons. New solero mojito(with 0.5% rum). I'm supposed to ask your age  says the lady behind the till. As I rolled my eyes at her, she thought better of it.

 I have posted seeds off to Orchid lady and Star Gaze lily.

I said hello to new neighbour in the renovated gate house next door, saw that the rose cuttings and foxglove seeds I geurilla gardened for him were growing nicely.

I found him some more plants for him to grow....every little helps.

Stuff in the garden is wilting. I may just sit under the brolly and give the garden a good looking at this afternoon. Too hot to do much.

Orange Blossom Hedge

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 12:49

Or Philadelphus?

Plantus Unidentifidous

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 12:46

Artjak, its just getting the delphiniums to a grown up enough stage to establish thats the problem. I've got two dozen seedlings.  Eternal vigilance is needed.

Mosaic virus

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 12:42

Have you any more pictures. that looks more like a mineral deficiency, but it could be caused by herbicide(simazine)toxicity.   You may need to get your soil tested.

If either side of you are not affected, I suspect that your soil has been sprayed with something that is either affecting the plant itself, or affecting the soil so that the plant cannot take up nutrients.

If you grow things in pots with new compost , are they affected as well?

Put wrong fertiliser on my lawn, now patchy urgent advise required!!!

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 08:28

It shouldn't cause any problems. The grass will grow through it.

Mosaic virus

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 23:14

Tobacco mosaic virus will affect many solanaceous plants like tomatoes,peppers and chillies. It is often transmitted by smokers of tobacco handling the plants.


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