Green Magpie


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viburnum beetle

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 11:05

According to a clipping I have from GW magazine, by this time of year they've done their worst, and you may as well wait until the spring before spraying. But I'd keep an eye on them - I have just noticed some damage to my (enormous) viburnum and am watching it carefully.

posting seed

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 11:01

It's not the weight, it's the thickness that might be the problem. If you were posting, say, beans or pea seeds, the envelope might be too thick to go by normal letter rate and would need to be a "large letter". Otherwise, most small seed packets would be fine, as long as they're spread out (see Berghill's post above).

Hi, I want to grow some veg, I have a small list & need advise on when to plant

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 22:49

Just a follow-up thought: as a basic, easy-to-follow book, it's hard to beat the Vegetable and Herb Expert, in the Dr Hessayon series. This sets out all the times, spacings etc for each crop. I even have a spare copy in the shed, I use It so much!

Hi, I want to grow some veg, I have a small list & need advise on when to plant

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 22:44

Garlic is best planted in about November.You split up the bulb into cloves, and each clove grows into a whole bulb.

Seed Suppliers who Sell Small Amounts of Seeds

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 22:01

Yes, I recommend Moreveg too. Friendly service and a great variety of seeds, sold in simple, no-frills packaging, in small quantities, and most packets cost 50p.

Help with Crocosmia

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 22:34

The leaves are pretty tough and will have to be cut back at some stage, but you may as well leave them a while if they look OK. The corms stay happily in the ground over the winter - a bit too happily in some cases, as some varieties are quite invasive!

cyclamen

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 22:24

I think there are different types, some hardier than others. With any luck, the label should tell you.

Chillis on Thai basil

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 11:15

Basil should be unmistakably fragrant when you crush a leaf. If it's not, it's a chilli plant . And I don't think basil seeds come in pods like that either.

TOMATOES STILL GREEN

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 20:45

And if you haven't already done so, pinch out any shoots that still have flowers or tiny green fruits, as they'll never ripen now.

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 18:43

I think I'm doing well if I can just remember where and what my perennials are and find them again when they start to grow! Even without manure or compost, new plants should be fine over the winter. They''ll die back and be dormant until spring, so they don't need feeding now. If they are still in pots and it gets very cold, you can wrap the pots in bubble-wrap to insulate them and stop the whole pot contents from freezing solid.

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