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Posted: 25/08/2015 at 23:46

Sweetcorn are best grown in a block, it helps with the pollination. With only 9plants I would do a 3rows of 3.

Being greedy, I put in two packets of seed and have 7rows of 10, planted about 15 inch apart. Even then , I sometimes find the ones on the outside edge do not get 100% pollination.


Posted: 25/08/2015 at 21:49

How are you growing them, horseygirl? How many?

are they in a line or a block. ?

They have to be wind pollinated, tapping the stems to disperse pollen on the air helps.


Posted: 25/08/2015 at 08:00

I think we had ten drops of rain yesterd a y. Too damp to put washing out, but not enough to wet the soil. It seems to be going round us. I hope we get some today. I'm off to work all day. Have a good day folks.


Hedge/field Bibdweed

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 07:42

I spent years digging out bindweed from an area of the veg patch. I thought it would eventually give up. It didn't. When we took over next door, I gave the lot a spray of glyphosate in August. That cleared out all the thistles and bindweed in the main veg plot, but not in the hedges.  I left the worst area on my side fallow the following year and gave it two lots over the year. Bits still appear at the edge of paths, but it is more under control. I dont like using it, but I figure a one off for weedy ground full of perennial weeds is the way to go, to save years of battling it. Black plastic works well on less pernicious weeds.

Hedge/field Bibdweed

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 21:41

I'd nuke the lot with glyphosate now, to give you a clean area to start next spring.

Giant sunflowers

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 21:35

I think you need the BBC website, not the magazine.


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 13:14

No rain here. I've put the hosepipe on the sweetcorn.

I've made a big pot of chilli for tea. Just need to grate some dark chocolate in it.


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 08:03

Himself has got a two day job in Aarhus ,Denmark, next week, so I'm going to go with him to keep him off the danish pastries. There is a big botanical garden near the hotel so I can go wandering. Will I need my thermal underwear do you think? Its ryanair, so not much luggage allowance.

Lithospermum Star

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 07:40

Start new plants by taking cuttings from the green  tips. They root easily in gritty compost. I find they are like lavender, in that if you cut back hard into brown wood, they will not resprout.



Posted: 23/08/2015 at 21:17

We didnt see humpbacks at Monterey, but we saw them a few weeks previously off Rottnest island in Western Australia. I haven't seen a great white in the flesh yet.

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