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The dreaded marestail- how do I get rid?

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:45

Sorry to tell you if  this is the plant I'm thinking of it has survived the stone age era. I was told that  also a handful of this stuff is great for cleaning pans but not the enamel pans.

You know if it is the same plant you could be onto a gold mine ! Why not put  handfulls in  linen bags and sell it as an organic pan scrubber?!

Next time I get a burnt pan I will try it out !

unknown greenhouse seedling

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:36

Chilterns are very good as regards identifying plants from their  seed mixes. Quite a while ago before digital cameras and computers were maybe invented  I grew a mimosa from one of their seed mixes this grew like yours and the leaves closed up at night. the leaves as they grew  changed - a bit like palm tree leaves.very soft and fringy. Even from a seedling it grew very  quickly . Before I knew it the plant turned into a tall tree.It was put in the garden in a sheltered  corner .After  about 3 years it had little yellow powder puff type flowers .I checked it out to be an  australian tree They can get VERY Tall !.

 Unfortunatley it did not survive  a cold freezing and long winter in the 1990's -  . Out of the same packet and it was actualy free too for spending over £20 (I think ) Anyway whatever it was I had a Foxglove  tree ( PAULOWNIA)  germinate .  But  for this one I had phoned them up  described the growth and leaves. They identified this one for me . So its always worth a phone call or in these modern day times an email!

I will be intrested to know what it turns out to be ,so please come back to us with a photo too .- hope this helps. bye for now , Lucky 3.

Carniverous Plants

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 13:54

I bought 3 pitcher plants from Jersy Plants direct last year the idea that they would cut down the flies  but they havent as yet. I too kill the flies and drop them in.I know some people feed them tiny bits of raw meat . but I have read that this is not a good idea. One tip I can give you is to allways stand the pot in rain water and not to water from the top . I have spoilt / killed off one plant in this way .

I also have noticed as they get taller they drip from the lip , so I protect the polished surface on  which they are situated.

baffled by strawbs and a mystery plant

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 13:35

not sure but it looks like some sort of lettuce, could you ask at a  nursery at all ?

Poppy seed

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 13:24

As it is another rainy day I have spent another morning in the greenhouse but I luv it . I have been setting a load of seed including my poppy seed in 6ins pots . I then leave it outside amongst the border plants . It is the next nearest  thing to setting directley in the ground for me. I then transfer the whole lot in a clump.

Some Squash is Turning Soft

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 13:12

This morning I decided to pot up these  6 butternut squash plants and try them in the greenhouse , I shall polinate  3 seperate  plants .I have put them along side the Melons &  cucumbers, so I could have a new salad item , -: Butternut squash/ cucumber / melon.! 

Courgette Help

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 10:27

Mine have had 3 flowers amongst them , I planted them out 5 week ago . They havent grown much at all since . Taking a look yesterday between showers and I wished I had left them in the green house with the cucumbers. They have flowers on now and climbing well . I am growing some more in the green house. Its experiment time .I usualy harvest when around 5 ins .

Has anyone any tips for growing them in the greenhouse- ?


Posted: 06/07/2012 at 10:08

Just read the other replies - me thinks I will try the Avon idea , wheres my nearest Avon Lady ?


Posted: 06/07/2012 at 10:05

We are in south yorkshire and get our share when it is warm and damp also in the evenings when it has even been dry and sunny, but in the damp it is definatley worse.Though I do think there is something in some suncreams that attract them. The last very hot day we were blessed with my husband put on suncream and he was pestered none stop was covered in bites after out walking. Whilst I forgot to put it on -they left me alone.So I see it that I either keep away from suncreams and risk skin cancer ( but have no lumpy bites)  or have a bit of colour and the bites. Has  anyone else found this happening?  I also find that some repelents attract the midges too .

Some Squash is Turning Soft

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 09:35

I polinate  the plants myself . It is easy , wait until you have a male and female flower (at first you tend to get an abundance of male flowers but dont worry , femals will come) . The females have a lump behind the petals

Take a male flower , peal the petals down and insert it into the female . If you have a number of plants it shouldnt be a problem amongst them there are sure to have quite a selection  to mix and match ! hope this helps.

Discussions started by lucky3

does anyone grow ?

bush type beans 
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How does this overwinter in yorkshire ?

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infested by green caterpillers -no leaves left. 
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this works well ! 
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Azaleas ? I'm intrested in what others think on this one !

nurseries and watering ? 
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Grey leaved ,rockery plant, white flowers 
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azalea's - When does everyone feed

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shrubs for a large border. open for suggestions please 
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sowing seed .

Is it too late? 
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Other flowers the same shade of blue? 
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Moth Orchids

In the greenhouse? 
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