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Beans not germinating/being eaten

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 16:22

Sounds like everyone's having trouble with them this year then! 

I've put them in folded damp kitchen tissue in plastic bags on the kitchen windowsill. It only gets sun from late afternoon onwards so hopefully that's okay. They can't dry out too quickly in the plastic bags probably anyway.

I've put my second batch of sugar snap & mangetout there too, as they didn't germinate that well this year either. 

If I get results I will grow them on a bit in pots in the greenhouse before planting them out I think, just to help them stand a chance against the pests.

Fingers crossed for my beans & everyone elses! 

Bog gardening

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 20:17

I lost my gunnera, just as well probably! I was determined to fit it in my bog garden but they do become massive. 

I have some calla lilies that used to flower beautifully, but haven't for a few years, some yellow & blue iris. I did have a dierama, angel's fishing rod but lost that too. 

The things I have lost are either due to the harsh winters, or due to the hosta taking over a bit. After years of them being eaten by slugs, I managed to grow one as there's so many feet of gravel all around the bog probably. However now the novelty is wearing off, I guess I ought to tame it & let other things have room! 

There are a lot of lovely plants that thrive in these conditions, but choose carefully.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 17:34

Such a shame, it is as others have said only 30 mins once a week. 

Beans not germinating/being eaten

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 17:30

So the tub's to keep them dark as well as moist I guess. 



Beans not germinating/being eaten

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 17:11

I've tried several times this year & none of my climbing beans have germinated either in the greenhouse or outside. Or they're being eaten before   I notice them! 

I'm tempted to try germinating them the windowsill, from what I read I just damp kitchen tissue, wrap them in it & place in plastic bag on windowsill. 

Have others tried this, any tips? 

Teaching a rose to climb

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 17:03

Roses need help to climb. 

I planted a Gertrude Jeykll & a few others last autumn & am training it onto a trellis. I'm having a go at the fan type method where you tie stems as horizontally as you can so lots of flowering side shoots come off those main lateral stems. 

I'm still learning it as I go along, so I'm sure someone can explain it better. 

You do need either a post or pillar you can cross the stems around, or if on a fence either trellis or wires to tie the rose stems in to, however you want to do it.

David Austin do say that one is good as a short climber, & certainly the stems on mine are very thin & floppy at the moment, it is very young though. My experience with the ones they call arching growth, is that it takes about 5 years for the stems to support the weight of the lovely big blooms, without flopping the stems out wide, unless I supported them in some way.

So I'd consider if you have room for it to be a rather large arching shrub if you decide against it as a climber. 


Fiskars Weed Removing Tool

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 12:25

I have the Lakeland one with prongs that you twist & I find that works brilliantly. 

Any foliage wraps around the prongs & it pulls nearly all of the deep roots out but is also so quick & easy to use that I use it even for small ones to save my back. 

It then has a plunger bit you press to send the weed flying out. 

I looked at the Fiskars one but it's so much heavier & I can't see the lever always being easy to use in cramped conditions, nor in loose soil beds. I can't imagine it working half as well as the one I have.


Posted: 21/06/2012 at 11:23

Yes if they lay eggs the young look like horrible brown blobs underneath the leaves. 

Pick them off carefully, if you drop them they tend to land red side down & it's much harder to spot their dark undersides on the soil. 

Tiny garlic, what to feed?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 15:52

I have solent white, early purple & elephant in large containers.

I think I was harvesting this time last year, but am guessing they are just very behind due to the recent cool weather. 

I have scraped back a little compost & they are rather tiny. Is there anything I can feed them?

I had a great crop of solent white last year & I never feed, just put them into the multipurpose compost pots that had the tomatoes, chillis, cucumbers & courgettes in, when I've pulled those crops up in the autumn.

So is there anything I can feed them with now or is it too late to make a difference. I really only have blood, fish & bone, miracle grow liquid or tomato liquid food, but can go & buy anything if others think it's worth it.

Climbers for north facing fence in pots

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 16:07

On my north facing fence I have clematis montana, I did have a Nelly Moser which was fine there, until the slugs got it! Hydrangea Petioralis as already mentioned too.

Also a couple of pyracanthas & honeysuckle seems fine there too, I can't remember what variety they are.

The other climbers there are roses Danse de Feu & Madame Alfred Carriere. I also had Madame Gregoire Staechelin until it died for no reason! 

So I guess it depends on how large the pots can be. 

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