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Unknown plant

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:10

It very much does sound like Common Vetch, it came up in my Mother in Laws garden this year probably from the bird feed mix she was putting out. I find them lovely plants.




Fork Handles

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:00

Afternoon all, have tried to keep up with the thread but you all move too fast for me!

Is it wrong of me to wish for bad weather over the area of Emmerdale Farm tonight? 

Weeding - a forgotten skill? Discuss ....

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 17:05

I can't say I like weeding, I do it every now and then (probably once a month both at home and at my allotment) but generally I think unless a weed is really starting to compete with a flower that I want, I'll leave it. I suppose this has come from starting to grow a wild garden on an old lawn area and seeing the bees, butterflies and moths all enjoying feeding on the flowers there.

But then again, whilst I don't enjoy it, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing neat rows of vegetables growing in lines at the allotment with nothing in between them after a day of hard work.

chocolate cosmos

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 16:21

I think they should be lifted and stored, much like dahlias or begonias, somewhere dark and dry over winter before planting out next spring. Although I haven't done this myself so someone else might have better advice.

Chilli plants - keep or chuck and start again next year?

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 21:51

I have one chili plant that spent last winter moving from one not particularly sunny windowsill to another, it spent this summer in the not very sunny propagator, currently it has the sum total of one small green chili growing from it after all the other flowers it produced promptly died.

I will spend this winter (more through obstination than sense) moving it around the house again in the vague hope that next summer will be glorious, and that it'll produce a bumper crop.

Sometimes, for me, gardening is a little like waiting for the ugly duckling to mature.


Posted: 03/10/2012 at 21:42

I've tried growing garlic from the supermarket in the past and they haven't made good sized bulbs. This afternoon I planted Marco's cloves at the allotment and am really hoping for a decent crop, pickled garlic is my aim for next year (it's also delicious).

If there's an Unwins GC near you Alan they have a decent enough selection of garlic bulbs to choose from this year. If you order any of the seed catalogues (Suttons, T&M etc) they will have a wider variety and also details of which are more mild than others.

when is the best to mulch/improve the soil

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 21:25

Clay soil here too, I take every opportunity to add sand/grit/compost whenever I can. I wouldn't advise anyone to take any material from natural sources though.

Apple trees

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 21:38

It's the generally cold wet summer Terry, a lot of plants have been confused by it.

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 19:02

As you have a clay, wet (I assume with the summer we've just had), soil I'd try growing them either in large pots (as Geoff suggests) or in raised beds. Raspberries don't really need a lot of organic matter mixed in, but they absolutely hate their roots sitting in a wet trench.

Also be careful not to plant the stems too deep, it's not necessary to plant them below the soil level you bought them with, and dig the trench a foot to 18 inches wide so the roots have plenty of room to spread out.

If you want to try something which isn't quite as fussy then you could plant blackberries which will tolerate a wetter soil to a certain extent.


Herb infestation

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 18:48

I think it's probably mealybugs that are a common pest with plants kept indoors.

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