Latest posts by figrat

unknown plant in my hedge

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 20:44

Looks like a Kerria to me.

Seed raising problem

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 20:43

Funny you've brought this up - I invested in some John Innes seed compost rather than the usual MPC, and myfirst sowings of courgettes and cukes just didn't make it. Toms are OK though, but I don't think I'll bother again with the seed compost.

Daffodils and Tulips - what to do as they fade?

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 17:54

The leaves take about 6 weeks to die back, and the bulbs should be fine.

Daffodils and Tulips - what to do as they fade?

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 17:22

Yup, you've got it spot on. Deadhead the bulbs/ cut off any flowers for indoors. This prevents them setting seed, so the energy is diverted back to the bulb for next year. The leaves should, as you say, be left to die down naturally, as that feeds the bulb. Over planting with annuals is a great idea for your space. The pic looks great!

peony rosebuds

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 13:17

I think it might well be earwigs. One trick is to fill a smallflowerpot with straw or crumpled paper, and place the pot upside down on a stick near the affected plants. The earwigs crawl into the shade provided by the flowerpot, and then can be disposed of.

Advise for a newbie please :What can I plant under runner beans?

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 12:55

There is a combination of planting used by Natve Americans called the Three Sisters. The sisters are sweetcorn, climbing beans and cucurbits (squash, courgette, cucumber, melon etc.)  The beans climb up the sweetcorn, and the squash or whatever acts as a living mulch.

Never tried it myself, but this year I'm going to try courgettes in a raised bed, backed by climbing beans. Not sure about the sweetcorn yet.

If you google Three Sisters, you will find more detailed information

Does anyone else..........

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 18:38

Most of my kitchen waste is peelings etc but if I find something like a wrinkly apple or fossilised orange, I do chop those up. Can't do any harm, can it?

Do you think...

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 16:32

Err...can you describe the larvae? I'm just a bit concerned with your comment of little root growth, they might be vine weevil larvae.

Bee news from The Beeb, Eu Ban pesticide

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 17:54

My migration towards the organic approach has taken me by surprise in a way.

I didn't really make any conscious choice, but when I did a sort out of garden pots and potions recently, I binned all the quick fix chemicals as I realised I hadn't a) used or b) found the need to use them for years.

But I am a bit concerned that I haven't seen a single honeybee yet this year, just a few bumblebees.

A weed or something nice?

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 17:47

A good semi invisible way to market is with a black plant label - I do this round clumps of spring flowering bulbs as a reminder, the black is very unobtrusive.

I do love these little anemones!

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Bay tree root eradication

Best way to do it! 
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One of the more uplifting news stories... 
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Overwintered runner bans

Left the roots in after clearing last year's crop, they've survived the winter and putting up new growth. 
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Red rhubarb leaves

I've got a bad feeling about this... 
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What can I use as green manure?

Landcress just about to go to seed 
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