Latest posts by jo17

broad bean problem

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 19:17

Thanks guys....I think a lot of water is needed as everything is very dry and floppy.

I'll get to it now.... that's bound to ensure heavy rain for days !

broad bean problem

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 18:02

The flowers at the base of my broad bean plants set well. I thought I nipped the tops off before the blackfly got to work but all the remaining flowers ( and there were lots ) have turned black and shrivelled away. The foliage is healthy and theres very little sign of blackfly . Is this pest or weather related ?

sweet peas

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 11:41

Have now netted all my sweet peas which makes picking tricky and now rabbits have tunneled under my "rabbit -proof " fencing and have eaten all rocket and lettuce !The joys of gardening !


sweet peas

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 06:55

Ah ..Starlings . For the first time in ages we have a family that are hogging the bird table all the time with their fledglings. I bet it's them .

What were you able to do , if anything, to stop them ?

sweet peas

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 19:34

What's strange is that the long flower stems are completely unbent ,undamaged nor showing any signs of anything coming up the stem ....almost as if someone had walked past with a sharp pair of scissors ! I've been out and put down slug pellets. maybe I'll have to set up CCTV cameras !

sweet peas

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:57

Yes ... they are on a wigwam. About 4-5 ft high . No sign of slugs but I'll put some pellets down in case. I was wondering about mice or pidgeons.... what do you think ?

sweet peas

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 17:34

Something is eating ,and completely removing, the flower heads of my sweet peas just as they are opening from bud.

Any ideas what this is and what can I do about it ?

Having nurtured them since last Autumn this is making me very cross !

invasive pond plant

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 14:29

We have a large ( 30m x 17m ) wildlife pond. In the last few years this plant ( no idea how it arrived ) has been taking over. It is creating a thick underwater jungle from the pond bed up to the surface , is very brittle and seems to thrive on our attempts to rake or drag it out. Any ideas on eradication ? we have common and mirror carp in the pond


Posted: 16/10/2014 at 15:42

Thanks for the input from you both. I shall risk it I think and be ready to throw some fleece over if it gets really cold.

Back to leaf raking and pond clearing now !


Posted: 15/10/2014 at 15:44

I am in Dorset . Can I overwinter my Melianthus major under a tent of fleece? Or should I cut it back, pot it up and put it in the greenhouse ? It was planted this spring in a S. facing bed with the greenhouse behind it. It is about 3ft high.

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sweet peas

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