Latest posts by figrat

Controling Pumpkins

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 12:48
Some people find growing them in a spiral shape helps. Keep training the leader shoot(s) round the plant and secure with wire clips, tent pegs or similar

I.D. needed please.

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 08:36
Looks like one of impatiens imports, Indian balsam. Which is very invasive, it's seeds shoot out like projectiles, and is a pest especially by waterways. Pretty though.

help what is this

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 11:33
It looks like a pieris to me. Don't know much about them except they like acid soil, or ericaceous compost if in a container.

Compost Problems

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 18:58

Forgot to mention that I harvested a couple of pounds of spuds last guessed, from home made compost!

Fork Handles

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 18:48

Hoppy Birdy TDC!

Compost Problems

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:37
I always get zillions of seedlings coming up from home made compost. I think 90% are tomatoes. They aren't really a problem, and most are recycled in the compost bin. I do try not to put seed heads from weeds into the bin, but forget me nots, nasturtiums, poppies etc all go in. Sometimes I get a nice surprise - back in the day, when we had summers, I've had fruiting butternut squash and melon from my compost.

Fork Handles

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 19:01
Undergoing sustained slug attack. Keeps trying to rally though.

Bean confession

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 18:42

Yup. Planted out 'dwarf' borlottis when it looked as though we might have had a summer. They got to 3' before the slugs had 'em.

Fork Handles

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 18:40

Hmm... fish and chips. Had same from second best chippy in the country on Saturday..yum yum.

Allergic reaction to garden plant - help ID that plant!

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 18:38

Very sensible advice given above - if you're sensitive, then it's really worth delegating if possible. But do give appropriate advice to the delegatee!

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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Last Post: 19/04/2012 at 16:01
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