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Posted: 18/07/2012 at 18:04

Thanks for that David I'll try to get to my local centre this week. I need to re-stock on sweet peas and veggies.

My OH won't be impressed though as I spend enough time looking at the seed stands as it is!

Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 16:00

Depends how much space you have really. I've just been given an allotment and my first crops going in will be plants to improve and break up the soil, like buckwheat or rye grass. You can however grow onions, garlic and some brassicas over winter. (I don't know which exact varieties but hopefuly someone on here will point us both in the right direction).

July in the garden!!

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 15:12

Yarrow: I have done both with my Geums, last year I took the flower stems off completely and then it didn't flower again. This year I've found just snipping below the flower head and leaving the stems on the plants to be a lot more successful, often the new flower heads are just tiny little buds on the stem about an inch or so below the spent flower head.

Have you tried growing any from seed? I'm tempted to leave a few flower heads to go to seed as they are supposed to come true, I really love Geums and think they're a little over looked.

I've just had a look at photos of Geum Prinses Juliana, and it's the same flower as the one I mentioned earlier but was sold to me as Totally Tangerine, I had wondered what its proper name was, so many thanks!

July in the garden!!

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 21:11

@Gardeningfanatic I should have googled Monarda Cambridge Scarlet before I replied to you, yes it does look like it's the same plant you first suggested.

Bit silly some of these plants have so many names.

@Dean your veggies look delicious!

Glut of apples

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 17:19

Damn I was hoping this mysterious post would have been cleared up by now!

Come back Hudson Belle!

Can anyone name this please

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 17:15

Jerusalem Sage.

slug slime

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 17:12

Slugs and snails have a very good sense of smell, the slime they secrete is to alert other slugs and snails to where the good feeding spots are, and so that they can find their way back.

I admire your good intentions of moving them to a patch where they can roam free but in reality they'll find their way back quickly unfortunately.

How much can a dahlia take?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 16:58

The idea of real ale snobby slugs has cheered me up!

The best way to get rid of them is to go out at night with a torch and something sharp. Sounds horrible but in my limited experience it's the best and most effective way and you don't run the risk (or possible risk) of poisening any other wildlife (not that I'm against using the safer pellets).

In my first year as a gardener I had two Dahlia's completely stripped, I moved them to a drier part of the garden, took some action against the slugs, and the plants grew back and flowered that year.

July in the garden!!

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 16:16

Thanks for your comments Yarrow and GF, Yarrow the smaller red plant growing through the Dahlia behind the marigold is a Geum Mrs J Bradshaw it really is doing very well in all this wet, I like the way it's dainty little red flowers seem to float above everything else.

GF the tall red flower is a Monarda (Jacob Kleine) this is the first year I've had it and the flowers are really interesting (as well as being pretty) it was a really cheap plant from a small nursery near here and apparently they self seed readily. I think you should treat yourself to a new Passion Flower, I felt guilty early this year because I didn't find the time to go out and prune it back like the books say, in fact I haven't done anything to it and if it wants to cover another fence panel who am I to stop it!

July in the garden!!

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 20:40


A few from my little patch.









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