Latest posts by figrat

And Finally, Unidentified shrub 3

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 20:51

The shrub looks like a pittisporum to me.

Unknown Plant

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 13:17

Just a random guess, crocosmia in a spot too shady to flower in? But we really do need pics if possible.

Mystery Plants from inherited garden

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 11:13

The 2 purplish ones are primulas, the shrub MIGHT be an esacallonia, the fiery one might be a salpiglossis, the last one looks rather like a buddleia, but I'm doubtful.

I'm sure other posters will pile in.

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 18:45

Forget me nots. Just love 'em, easy peasy self seeders, pull out the excess, then the whole plants as they go over or are shading out perennials coming into growth. 

Help identify plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 17:43

I think it looks more like a verbascum myself,  but that's worth keeping too.

Rotary Sieve

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 18:31

I don't know which one I've got, it was a gift, but I find it invaluable to riddle large amounts of home made compost, leaf mould and soil. I still use a hand riddle for small amounts, but wouldn't be without the rotary one.

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 19:50

Hmm, that's given me inspiration for more planting space for runners...might have to whizz off for a cople of cheapo arches tomorrow.

Right Plant Wrong Soil !

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 17:07

My personal feeling is that you'd always be fighting to correct their planting environment in the soil, whereas in containers you have much more control. Even if you sunk the containers into the garden, the roots would probably creep out from the bottom into an inhospitable environment.

Perhaps pruning them to keep them of a size to sit happily on the patio might be an option?

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 07:56

I've had a couple of problems with rats, each time I've called out the council and they've put down poison which dealt with it. I also stopped feeding the birds, except in winter. 

Agree with MMP about regular turning of the compost bins, I've got one of those giant corkscrew thingys for thr Daleks, and it is very effective. I also kick the bins as I pass, and encourage visitors to do the same!



Posted: 22/05/2013 at 07:56

Using buckets or similar light excluding techniques on rhubarb is to force early growth of tender stems, which are spindlier than those on a plant left to grow in the light. It is my understanding that forcing does exhaust the plant ( I suppose it can't photosynthesise so well in the dark) and shouldn't be used on the same plant the following year.

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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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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