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My first plant - fruiting grapevine

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:22

If you only planted it a few days ago, it'll be fine. The longer you leave it the harder it'll be! 

grapevine problem

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:10

Could you give a few ore details of its planting situation? And have you pruned it recently?

My first plant - fruiting grapevine

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:07

I think it'll be OK, especially as it's still shooting.pruning grapes to maximise fruiting is a bit fiddly, but loads of info on the net.

Loads of sun good, but they are very vigorous, just wondering whether you could move it a bit further away from the post an path, morecentral to the trellis and supports? Otherwise you will be cutting off a lot of growth on the path side.

Make do and mend

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 14:03
* Red Dahlia * wrote (see)



hopefully you casweep what I mean. If I need to go higher I put 4 more shorter green pipes in the top of the plastic thenb move the canes up. now just to find a method of holding the nedown rather than old bits of wood 





 I use clothes pegs to attach the netting to the supports, and tent pegs or similar to secure it to the soil.

How do I encourage vigorous roots?

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:49

Some people find microrhizomes to be helpful in promoting good root development.

As to your fear that you've been moderated - many posters have found that they've 'ignored' themselves. This is a function whihc is accessible by hovering the mouse over a poster's avatar, then two options are available 'message' (to send a private message) or 'ignore' which hides all that poster's conrtibutions - very useful if htere is a troll stalking the board.

You can check whether you've ignored yourself by going to your profile (top right of screen) and find forum settings, near the bottom is a list of ignored posters, and if you're there you can remove yourself from that setting. We can see your posts fine.


Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:35

The yellow one could be a broom I guess.

Red Bugs on my fritillaria imperialis

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:33

I squish mine on sight. However, if they feel threatened, they have a tendency to drop off the plant and land on their backs, and their black bellies make them difficult to see, so holding a sheet of white paper under the plant can be helpful Their larvae are truly horrid, and cover themselves with their own excrement, so might look like a bird's droppings. I would recommend using gloves to dispose of these.

They also are partial to fritillaries and, unsurprisingly, lilies so be vigilant.

Can anyone identify?

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 10:55

They look like nectaroscordium, a decorative allium relative. Do the leaves smell of onions?

Runner Beans.

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 10:54

Maybe that's so they can save the seed and sow a huge amount the next year.

One tip I find useful is if you're making a wigwam structure for beans, leave one cane out so access to beans growing inside the wigwam is much easier.

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 10:49

Just a point re drainage- my greenhouses are on hard standing, so when we laid the concrete for the base to go on, we greased small lengths of bamboo, and concreted over them. When the greenhouse was put up, we slid out the bamboos leaving channels for excess water to drain away.

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