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Talkback: How to sow fresh seed in autumn

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 11:09

The aquilegia might be better sown in the Spring now. I sowed some straight off my plant a while ago. They have germinated but they are tiny and in seed trays so not sure if they will make it through the Winter.

Wall flowers are really quick to germinate, I found the same with sweet williams this year, sowed these fresh off the plant and they were up really quickly

Insect bites

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 11:05

I've been bitten a lot this year, I found this product called After Bite, it's a roller pen type thing, the active ingrediant is 3.5% Cutaneous Emulsion Ammonia. You just rub it on to the bite and it really soothes it and stops the swelling and itching

Plant ID please

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 14:27

Euphorbia of some sort?

Pickled Eggs

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 14:26

Hi GWRS, yes I have 3 lovely hens. Only got them this Spring. So far they lay 3 eggs a day every day. I usually sell any surplus I have but they just built up!

Found a great pickling jar at a car boot so all 30 went in! With some black pepper and a couple of small chillies. I'm thinking they will take  4-6 weeks to be ready?

I only tried pickled eggs this year Orchid Lady, they were cheap in Wilkos, I liked them but hoping mine will taste better. Keeping chickens is great fun and relatively easy. The eggs taste so much better than those in the shops

pulled my first parsnip yesterday.

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 14:08

Nice one, don't think mine are doing so well

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 14:03

Mine are looking tired as well, just did some deadheading, probably for the last time. The little bees are still on them so want to keep them flowering for them

They've done a great job again this year, I keep forgetting how tall they get!

what's plants do you have in your greenhouse right now.

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 23:44

That's looking really good Nooze, loads of plants to come How exciting

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 23:41

It looks like an honesty  that has been munched by catepilliars. To the right of one of the pictures it looks like you've got seed pods forming.

From your pictures this looks like this years growth that did very well and threw out a couple of flowers.  Honesty are really tough plants and grow wild. I don't think you need to do anything as they are really hardy, The risk taker in me would probably cut them back a bit in the hope they grow to their full potential next year.

There's some self seeded honesty here that are in flower, probably from plants that were in flower this spring.

I could be wrong though


need tlc after a horrible summer

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 21:46

That's sad news Mark, the great thing about gardening is that there is always next year and that gives us hope for things to come

Discussions started by hollie hock

Jacobs Ladder

Do they die back? 
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Last Post: 26/09/2015 at 11:45

What is this going to be?

Brown hairy caterpillar 
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Last Post: 06/09/2015 at 22:28


Any one grown it? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2015 at 23:44

So pleased

Hedgehog in garden :) 
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Last Post: 03/08/2015 at 20:06

Sowing perennial plants

Which ones can I do now? 
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Last Post: 12/07/2015 at 19:28

What are these?

Self sown flowers 
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Last Post: 27/05/2015 at 21:48

Birds foot trefoil

In lawns? 
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Last Post: 22/05/2015 at 23:16

Bowles Mauve

Too early for propagation? 
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Last Post: 19/06/2015 at 23:31

Any one planted out their runners?

Plants getting big 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 22:43

Moonlight runner beans

Any one tried them? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2015 at 19:52

Pickled Eggs

Advice needed 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:26

Couple of Ids please

Both pink one looks a bit like a carnation 
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Last Post: 17/08/2014 at 20:27


How long to leave bag over them? 
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Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 20:19

Is this a Clematis?

Not sure if it is? 
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Last Post: 14/06/2014 at 09:58

Buzzing Shrubs

What are these? 
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Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 23:22
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