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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


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 18:17

Its raining heavy here.  I chased off the birds and picked some blackcurrants and raspberries and made summer pudding with butter brioche instead of bread.  I did have a quiche ready for tea, but now its gone cold  and wet I fancy fish n chips.

It looks sunny at wimbledon.

Can you help identify these plants please?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 17:07

No2 looks like a variegated dogwood.  Cornus florida variegata maybe??

Composting leaves

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 19:07

We mow up the oak leaves from the lawns using a rotary mower. They go in a builders bag, and when I only have grass cuttings to go in the compost  bin, I mix in some of the chopped up oak leaves. They make good compost over a year.

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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

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