Latest posts by Leggi

Grapes growing instead of potatoes!

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 14:44

Like kate says do not eat them, green potatoes are poisonous.

How deep is the pot they're in? It could be a sign that they want to be planted in something a wee bit bigger, if it's just the odd one or two on top and the plant looks healthy then I wouldn't bother doing anything.

Please help in identifying these plants

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 14:26

Let's not be too dramatic with the kill everything approach, there's nothing there that a little hard work and knowledge can't sort out.

My first question would be do you know anyone with a few years gardening experience? It would be a good idea to get someone you know to have a walk around your garden with you and have a chat about what you sould keep and what you should pull up.

Weed killer and improving the soil will not stop any weeds dormant in the soil from coming back, knowledge of what the plants are is the best form of defence.

I'm guessing Mum's a new gardener and wish her the very best of luck.


drunk squirrels?

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 20:15

Made me smile too, at a guess I'd say it's probably a drunk hedgehog scratching around and eating the slugs in the traps.

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 21:18

And to answer the OP (like I should have done in my first post )  I just used a seed tray scattered the seed over the surface of some compost, covered that with vermiculite and firmed it down. I left the tray in a not particularly sunny spot open to the elements and gave it no attention what so ever.

This probably isn't the best advice but it's worked for me.

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 20:56

I absolutely love VB.

I have a tray of seedlings taken from last seasons plant that I'm about to pot up, my question is will they flower this year or am I going to have to live in hope they survive the winter and flower next summer?

Buckwheat as 'green manure'

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 20:46

Thanks Geoff, that's the website which reminded me I'd seen Monty Don do something similar on GW last year.

Think I'll pop to some of the other local garden centres and see if they have any seeds before ordering though.

Sweet Peas

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 17:51

There is another excellent thread on sweet peas lurking around these parts somewhere.

I was delighted to see my first sweet pea (spring sown) flowers today.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 16:52

I'm a young(ish) gardener and have only been interested in gardening for the last three years or so, no-one else in my family or friends enjoys gardening so when I need help or advice I rely on tv shows like gardener's world or this forum and the internet in general.

To stop showing a gardening programme at this time of year for 4 weeks is a decision that can only have been made by someone who doesn't undertand our love of all things green.

I await the day I tune in only to find the episode's been dumped for tiddly-winks live from Milton Keynes...

Buckwheat as 'green manure'

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 16:07

Hi everyone, I have just been given an allotment which is situated on a virgin plot in very flinty/chalky soil atop the North Downs.

It's going to take a lot of work to get the soil in to a good state for next year, however I'm thinking once we've done the majority of preparation we might be able to grow buckwheat this season and turn it under to rot down over the winter to increase organic matter in the soil.

A couple of questions, where can you get buckwheat seeds? I've been to the local garden centre and they didn't have any, is it a specialist product?

Lastly, should I be looking for a certain variety of buckwheat once I've fathomed out where to buy it from?

Thanks in advance.

Is everyone else's plants very late this year?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 17:48

A lot of my plants are behind where they were last year, but I'm fairly sure if we get a warm spell they'll burst in to life.

The question is will we ever get a long spell of sunshine!?

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