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Posted: 23/01/2014 at 14:55

What species is it, Sheila? There are quite a few with the same common name.

Out of date seeds

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 10:37

You can do a test germination with seeds that don't need a period of cold - put a few seeds on a piece of wet folded kitchen paper and observe whether they start to shoot. You can then sow any that do germinate, and it gives you an idea of the success rate if you sow the remainder.


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 20:38

This is usually Barbarea verna. Barbareas are known as Wintercresses and a few species are found in the wild in the UK. They all taste pretty much the same to me, I do admit to trying a nibble whenever I find one!

Puzzled by what I have read on leaf spot,please read my message if you can help

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 20:30

Leaf spot can have different causes. It's often due to a fungus, and the fungus may be specific for particular plants. Other causes include physical damage such as scorching through water droplets, or possibly a nutrient deficiency. Some plant galls also look like leaf spots, caused by insect larvae.

Whatever the cause, the plant can recover from leaf spot.

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 15:11

Agree that they are horrible! The red flowers were pretty though.

Young gooseberry plant - should the leaves fall off in winter?

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 15:05

Yes, gooseberry is deciduous. The leaves will reappear in spring.

Seeds in mortar

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 18:02

I've tried that a few times but with little success. My whole garden is enclosed by drystone walls and the stones fit together surprising tightly. It would probably be different if I was building a new one.

So a second experiment - wall with mortar and wall with soil. I've got a huge pile of stones (used for repairs to the walls) so I've plenty to play with!

Seeds in mortar

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 17:42

Just been doing a little online research, you can get "heritage" lime mortars that don't contain cement. I feel a little experiment coming on!

Seeds in mortar

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 17:28

I've just been to a talk about gardens, and the speaker said that Gertrude Jekyll used to send out seeds for the gardens she did the planting plans for, with the idea that when the walls were being constructed, the builders would mix the seeds with the mortar and in time the seeds would germinate and grow out of the wall, just like magic. I think that's a lovely idea, do people think it would work, or has anybody actually tried it?

Ruscus aculeatus

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 17:24

I like the Danae racemosa, I haven't grown that. Does it do much in way of berries, Nut?

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Who ate the lupins???

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Cherry plum suckers

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Seeds in mortar

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Greenhouse renovation?

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Seeds have arrived!

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Can't get no inspiration!

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