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Posted: 02/07/2014 at 11:02

If they are very leggy I would stake them well.  If they have no flowers yet you could prune off the tops to make them branch better.

Sweetcorn novice

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 11:00

I dont remove side shoots.  Do not mix up side shoots for the female flowers which will form the cobs. The male flower at the top of the plant, you tap to let the wind distribute the pollen.

idenify please

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 23:16

1 lookslike verbascum violetta

2 some sort of campanula

3 looks like foxglove flower but leaves are wrong, maybe isoplexis??

what country are you in?. I dont recognise any of these as british wild flowers.

More good guys

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 22:36

Have you bought this for seed? You do know its biennial and if its in flower now it will die shortly? Although it will scatter so much seed around you will have it for evermore

Pruning a grape vine

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 22:28

If it is a new vine, you need a framework before you prune for fruit. Tie in new shoots to give a good framework,remove all others. Next year you prune new shoots back to two buds from the main framework to give fruit shoots the following year.

I use the rod and spur system for a black hamburgh in my greenhouse.


Unexpected tomatoes

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 21:45

Not only have I got last years  missed potatoes coming up, I also have runner beans that have grown from dropped seeds. If they weren't in the Kale patch I'd be grateful.

Discount supermarkets

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 21:37

Tesco are no better.

The Range had tomato plants shivering  outdoors in early  May and the  hardy pansies undercover.



Posted: 01/07/2014 at 21:23

excellent fish and chips, followed by summer pudding.   very full now.

Hope your brugmansia is happy ,Kef

Could anyone ID this plant for me please?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 21:04

It scatters around easily once you have it.I find it beneath the oak,and I suppose its birds that dropped it. There is a pink version as well, often called "Canon Went"

My bees seem to really like it, they've been on it all day.

Could anyone ID this plant for me please?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 20:57

Linaria purpurea

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