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Annoying threads

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 17:48

There's a "Report to Moderator" button at the bottom of this page. I've tried doing that with several kitchen ads. If we all did it, the mods would soon sort it out.

Another weed

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 15:07

It's quite shallow-rooted and top-heavy so I don't think it would replant easily. If you don't want to get rid of it entirely, leave a small bit, which will probably seed itself and reappear next year.

How many apples to leave

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 15:02

The tree will probably drop some on its own, but you can help it to concentrate its energies on fewer apples by taking out the smaller ones from each cluster.

Another weed

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 14:54

I have some clumps of this in a wild part of the garden. I have pulled most of it out but left a bit where it looks pretty. I'm sure it'll be back next year wahtever I do, but it's easy to pull up and not a real nasty like ground elder or bindweed.

Shallots

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 20:06

I find shallots more satisfying to grow than onions. Instead of one small onion growing into one big onion, you plant one shallot and get a whole bunch of them! And they're never cheap in the shops, unlike onions. I wait until the leaves start to die down, then I loosen the plants up and leave them lying on their sides (only if it's dry, otherwise they get spread out in the mini-greenhouse) until the tops dry and shrivel. Then they're ready to use and to store. I keep some for the next year's crops and use the rest.

acer

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 18:27

Did you water it in the dry weather a couple of weeks ago? I forgot to water mine and one of them has lost a lot of its leaves. I think I got it watered just in time, but it's going to look a bit sad for the rest of the summer. Its difficult to say whether it's too late to save yours - you'll have to see whether the branches and twigs still seem alive.

Evergreen Flowering climber

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 11:47

We have a jasmine like that but it's very slow-growing. Ours is also plagued by aphids and sooty mould, but you might be luckier in that respect.

Hydrangea Seamanii is a vigorous climbing variety of hydreangea that seems to do well in sun. It's evergreen, too.

Pyrocanthus can look good trained against a wall, especially when the berries turn red or orange.

 

Twisted willow

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 11:40

I think it'd be happy with some shade. Willows are very thirsty plants, so I wouldn't be surprised if after a while it fails to thrive in a pot, but it's worth a try.

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 16:19

Yes, they look like bees to me. Wasps are bolder-coloured and not at all furry.

Come to think of it, there are very few wasps around at the moment anyway. I saw a few queens looking to nest a couple of months ago, but nothing since then. Bees are what you'd expect to find in the garden now. Wasps, if they do appear, are more friend than foe at this stage in the year, as they feed on aphids now, whereas later on they seek out fruit and that's when they become a nuisance.

Where is the buzz of busy bees?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:15

I doubt it. More likely the plastic is a warmer surface that is attractive to a sickly bee. If you see a bee that seems ill, it may be one that's starving or suffering from a virus such as the one transmitted by varroa mite. And bear in mind that most bees only live a few weeks. Dying is a regular occurence and doesn't necessarily mean there's anything wrong - well, there is for that individual bee, but not for bees in general.

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