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Posted: 10/04/2014 at 16:37

My summer canes are about 3 foot high at the moment, while my autumn ones are still tiny ( because I cut them back in the winter). But if the canes haven't been attended to, it's anybody's guess what type they are at this stage. If any of the canes look like old ones that fruited last year, cut them out now (this applies to both summer- and autumn-fruiting types).

But you'll probably just have to wait and see when/if they produce fruit, and then you'll know how to treat them from then on.

Sick looking Weigela

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 09:00

Yes, that sounds like a skimmia. I can't help you much, as our large one has a similar problem. It is huge (about 2m tall and the same across) so digging it up isn't an option. I do try to give it some ericaceous feed (for acid-loving plants) but even that is tricky when you're dealing with a large bush.


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 08:13

If they don't seem to have chitted much by the time you want to plant them, don't worry. It may get them off to a slightly earlier start, but they'll grow anyway. Might as well choose earlies or second-earlies, as this will give you nice new potatoes at a time when they're expensive in the shops. Charlotte is a good variety, if you see them. They really are easy, give it a go!

Sick looking Weigela

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 08:09

Are you sure it's weigela we're talking about? MIne don't have berries either.

Leggy Courgettes seedlings

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 16:18

I think you may find they get too big before it's mild enough for them to go outside. It might be worth sowing a few more seeds now as back-up. I haven't even sown mine yet and probably won't until April (under cover) or even May (straight in the ground). Since you only need a few plants, it's worth having a Plan B.

Cheap veg seeds

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 14:17

A couple of good value online companies I can recommend are Moreveg and Simplyseed. Check the quantities in the packs - sometimes they're quite scant, but then you don't always want loads of one variety. They both have a huge choice of interesting varieties, better than you'd get at most Garden Centres. You don't get a picture on the packet, though.

I've bought seeds from Lidl that were fine. I'm sure Aldi would be comparable.


Posted: 03/02/2014 at 07:50

Looking at the DEFRA site, I'm not at all sure that the ones I saw are the NZ ones. I'm in Devon, where there were none recorded on their map (2006, though). The pictures all show large worms, whereas the ones I saw were tiny - but flat in cross-section. I wonder if they could be something else?


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 22:27

'Fraid not, I squashed or chopped up the ones I found! Never thought to photgraph them first.


Posted: 02/02/2014 at 17:51

I recently noticed a couple of little flatworms on the side of my green compost bin, and found another one in a flower bed today. I have heard of New Zealnd flatworms, but they seem to be quite large, while the ones I've seen were tiny, only 2 or 3 cm long. Then again, I don't suppose they're born large, they must all start out small...

Does anyone know what these little worms can be? Should I be worried?

Talkback: Know your potato types

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:04

It's partly a matter of personal taste - some people like floury potatoes, while some (like me) prefer them a bit waxy. Here is a good database for choosing potato varieties:

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