Latest posts by Leggi

june drop

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:19

Hmm, last year my apple tree did the same but I put that down to the warm early spring followed by months of cold wet weather. This year the tree has dropped some but there are a fair few swelling up. Is it a big tree? Could it be that they're growing away nicely but out of sight? Fingers crossed the apples are still there secretly growing away.

growing brassicas

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 17:28

Thanks for the advice Zommer and Ann, will try out planting them deep and firming them in like you both say.

It's not about a no dig bed though, my back at the end of a long day can vouch for that. More of a no standing on beds rule, my small raised beds are fine for this because you can reach in all the was round. The idea is it keeps the soil light to allow for good root development. My other beds are treated the same as gardeners have done for yonks, chuck a plank down before walking on the soil to stop it compacting which really is just the same thing. I think I saw Monty trying out some Kale in raised beds and normal ones a few weeks ago on GW, to see if there is any growing difference.

I have read about 'no dig' growing, but didn't really understand it for the reasons you state. Anyway, hopefully with your tips I'll be sprouting from the rooftops about my lovely brassicas, many thanks.

growing brassicas

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 21:00

Same problem here too really. I have either raised beds where an awful lot of work has gone in to breaking up clay soil and adding compost, or recently manured then rotivated beds. I'm struggling to understand how well firmed in they need to be. I know there's an old joke about putting brussles in with a crowbar...

Would firming the ground by standing on a plank where they're to be planted be ok? Or is that not crowbary enough?

Help with identifying plant

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 15:03

Something in the Anthemis family I think, I've grown Tinctoria which is very similar and also yellow, but not quite the same.


Posted: 09/06/2013 at 22:46

Is there a flower stem on the alliums? Mine are late but shouldn't be long to flower now. The Dahlia is probably being eaten by slugs, they love them, it shouldn't stop it from flowering this year as they bush up first then produce flower stems later. You may need to do something about the slugs/snails though. 

Another identification request

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 22:10

Lovely Geum you've got there too, they've been my own favourite plants so far this year.

school garden

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 23:22

I think maybe going back to the school and asking to change the brief might help. It sounds like it was written by someone who has no understanding of plants and would probably be better written by yourself. For example medical Digitalis is used in the treatment of heart conditions, the plants are found all over the place yet how many children do we hear of getting sick from eating Foxgloves?

Surely a garden that transcends many different subjects is more useful to a school than an empty one devoid of any tiny risk.


Posted: 07/06/2013 at 21:11

Thanks Italo, think I'll hold on to them for a while yet then. They are capsicum yes, a yellow and a red variety. 


Posted: 07/06/2013 at 13:29

They're in 3 inch pots at the moment, they're about six inches tall. I've had them in the very top of a five shelf propagator and pretty much constantly covered for a couple of months. Should they be treated similarly to tomatoes? The perfect man to ask


Posted: 07/06/2013 at 00:48

I water in the evening, I'm not great at anything in the morning to be honest so it works for me. If you're already on top of your slug/snail situation then it probably makes little difference unless you're specifically growing plants which won't tolerate wet roots (but there aren't many I've found that won't cope with overnight wet roots before drying out over the next day).

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