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Hester Scott


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Geranium ID and sunflower woe

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 23:56

Caz, you may or may not remember what you saw initially of your mystery plant. The morning glory is a seedling with two strong seed leaves nothing like its real leaves later on. And it has a reasonably stocky growth.  The bindweed,or convolulous, emerges, perhaps from a minute shred of root or perhaps a seed and starts as it means to go on, ie, like taking over your world.  Don't, what ever you do, plant it out in your garden.  Perhaps some of the really knowledgable gardeners here will wade in, but I'm sticking to my guns!

Geranium ID and sunflower woe

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:49

Fraid to say, but I think that mystery plant is bindweed!

Talkback: How to grow pulses indoors

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 22:13
Read somewhere putting a little pressure on the sprouting seed, on the surface, benefits or encourages longer shoots. Advice came from someone in china, I think.

What happens when I'm at work!

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 08:43

Definitely make the most of this in every way you can.  People here will give you great suggestions, like hortum.  Make it clear you expect them to pay for it, your family I mean.!!  

What happens when I'm at work!

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 00:21

Ryan.  That is a truly dreadful happening, and why should you just forgive and forget something so stupid and hurtful.  I realise my response is too serious , but I'm really upset for you.  Your entire family should be showing remorse and trying to make it up to you.  And furthermore I don't find what goes around comes around!

Talkback: Garden pests

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 23:50

How kind and encouraging you all are, and I do really appreciate it.  It is just the pests are getting worse every year on my plot and I find the netting protection bit is the hardest.  Also, I've tried to have a little weedy wild damp area as I've had a couple of frogs, tho not this year. And a small quarter of a barrel as a pond with king cups etc, and one of the other plot holders has told me more than once that these are bringing in the pigeons.  Maybe right.  Yes,  I have great gooseberries!

Help me save my courgettes please!

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 16:21

Mel.  Don't freak out yet!  I doubt it is a feeding problem. Maybe erratic watering?  I feel it might just fix itself in time. Wait till the plants get into their stride.

Talkback: Garden pests

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 13:16
For the first time ever I'm considering giving up my allotment, as I have never had a year like it. I must have sown or transplanted peas and mange tout maybe six times. Just about all gone. This inspite of the best netting I can do. Pigeons rabbits and pea weevil. There are a scattered pawky few individual plants inches tall which will never come to anything. French beans, runners, are a little better. Even chard, supposedly reliable is attacked. The best things I had were cucumbers, well netted good soil, are succumbing to leatherjackets one by one. Slugs are easy to manage. The others are not.
Fraid to say the above blog strikes me as smug, and I feel like crying, fact I think I will.

Talkback: Urban foxes on the allotment

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 11:13

I made ceramic eggs, unglazed, and with the ones not needed, I made a sort of nest in the garden.  Thought it looked pretty. One day noticed they were all gone save one with deep tooth marks. I still feel so sorry for that poor fox who transported fifteen eggs to its cubs, only to find.........

Is it just me?

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 08:52

Delicious, Panda!!!

someone mentioned raw liver. My godfather related to me about thirty years after the event,with many shudders, an account of my father and himself cooking on board his boat. The sight of raw liver stuck to my father's Wellington boot!!

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Talkback: Garden pests

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