Latest posts by figrat

Flowering over

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 18:11

Hopefully you've cut all the flowerheads off. Generally the advice is to let the leaves die down naturally after flowering, as this feeds the bulbs for next year's show - 6 weeks after flowering is generally enough.

Wilting Cauliflowers

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 15:28

Oh how disappointing. I don't know much about carrot root fly, vine weevil grubs are pretty obvious, but something's obviously chomping away. Maybe a brassica expert will pitch in.

Trying to identify a geranium

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 12:14

From your description, I'd guess it's one of the macrorrhizum geraniums - maybe Bevan's Variety?

Wilting Cauliflowers

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 14:40

I wonder if it might be vine weevil grubs nibbling at the roots. Could you dig one up and see if there are any c shaped creamy maggot things with dark heads in the soil?

Screening ideas

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 20:38

 But a possible gap between tank and  conservatory? Maybe a long deep tough, with trellis, honeysuckle might do well there. Only sorts view from comseravatory, but hey ho.

O.T. just thought you might like this.

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 18:22

Not enough superlatives in my vocabulary. Thank you.


Screening ideas

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 14:23


Oil tanks certainly aren't things of beauty are they? Mine's tucked down a sort of gulley by the side of my house, you can only see it when you walk down the alleyway, and I've often wondered how to hide it. I think you've done a pretty good job with the gate (might nick that idea!). But I know what you mean, it would be nice to use plants as well. Growing something up the trellis on the gate would obviously be problematic, but as your tank looks as though it gets some sun on the top, maybe some containers up there? No idea how you would secure them, some sort of frame perhaps? And I've never heard raised pot saucers either!

Can anyone identify this plant?

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 10:02

Yup, singularly unattractive fat grey caterpillars. What do the adult flies look like Punkdoc?


Posted: 06/06/2013 at 00:01

Mine (all self seeded are flowering here in South Devon.

Talkback: Edible weeds

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:18


Discussions started by figrat

Bay tree root eradication

Best way to do it! 
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Plan bee

One of the more uplifting news stories... 
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Last Post: 10/06/2012 at 22:13

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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Last Post: 27/06/2013 at 16:57

Red rhubarb leaves

I've got a bad feeling about this... 
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Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 07:08

What can I use as green manure?

Landcress just about to go to seed 
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