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Walnut Harvest

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 19:25

The tree at the Weald & Downland museum in Sussex has lots of walnuts on it.

ants in attack on pl;ants

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 16:32

Have the ants made a nest in the bottom of the pot, so you are seeing them coming in and out of the base, or are they crawling over the plant?  I have terrible trouble with ants nesting in the roots of my plants and killing them by digging out all the soil and drying them out.  If that is the trouble, just water a lot to persuade them to move.

If they are climbing over the plant, as nutcutlet says, look for aphids because the ants are feeding on the honeydew they produce and protecting them from preditors.  The aphids will be the things damaging the plant.

Romanesco cauliflower

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 21:49

I kept thinking that mine were never going to produce anything and then they suddenly started appearing.  I still have a few plants without a visible cauli yet so I would keep the faith for a bit longer.  I've been watering mine a lot every day.

Poppy Fields

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 21:43

I sowed a packet of wild flower seeds in a trough in my garden in spring and now have lots of lovely red poppies.  I've tried sowing small patches of wild flowers as a mini flower meadow before but it never worked very well.  The trough is much better and has pride of place on my path.

Romanesco cauliflower

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 21:13

Yes, in hindsight I really should have thought about successional sowing!

Lavenders in containers leaves going yellow

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 00:03

I grow lavender in pots and usually wait for them to droop slightly before I water them.

what are these trees pleeze?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 00:01

I agree about the windbreak thing.  I live on a windy bit of the coast and tamarisks are a popular form of windbreak down here.  They look quite pretty when the pink bracts come out.

Talkback: Growing strawberries

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 23:55
My strawberries this year are the best I've ever had. Last year they all rotted before they went red but this year has been perfect. I haven't done anything different, I just think the gardening gods are smiling on strawberry growers this year. Mine are all in large pots and I give them regular doses of a certain famous liquid tomato food.

Feline Invaders.....AKA Cats

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 23:45

I understand how frustrated you feel about the cats but there is nothing you can do about it.  When I find myself getting cross about them digging up my seedlings, pooing, killing plants by laying on them (including several grown from seed aquilegias in their first year), scratching my gate to bits when they climb over it - I just force myself to calm down and think about something else instead.  All my neighbours have cats and I don't want to fall out with the neighbours so I put up with their pets.

Romanesco cauliflower

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 23:39

Thanks for that.  I will have to keep a close eye on them.

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