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Poppy seed

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 09:14

I have always sown my seed into  pots and trays then pricked them out etc because sowing straight into the ground doesnt work for me. I dont get anything come through. How do others sow HP and HB seed for poppies/ also if I cut the seed heads off will it still prolong the flowering season or should I leave them to self seed

Talkback: Unpleasant plant smells

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 21:20
Hi, I bought this plant(Dracunculus Vulgaris)around 4 years ago . Thought such a differant beautiful plant was too nice for the bottom of our garden and risk it being sprayed by the farmer who rents the land at the end of our garden.I also thought surly a beautiful plant couldnt smell SO BAD ! This was before we had an established hedge . So one tuber was planted half way down in the large border.
I was so wrong about the smell, it is FOWL - capital letters FOWL ! As we keep chickens a friend commented on a horrible smell , asked me if I had a chicken gone missing over the last few weeks. I realised it was my latest plant and she thought it was a rotting corpse!
Anyway back to the plant itself - I find it spectacular in every stage of its growth. It first starts poking pointed tips through the ground . They grow fast at each stage I find them photogenic ( and Yes I am into photography work as a hobby )They have brilliant markings even at this stage. Then the leaves unfold .I'm surprised I have'nt had a visit from our boys in Blue- the amount of times after catching someones eye as they question me about them , I calmly explain they are related to the cannabis family - but no I have'nt tried them . Still there is time I suppose!
Again back to the plant! The underneath part of the flower is Calla lily shaped but gigantic in comparison. I measured one last year and without no word of a lie it measured a Wowing 36 inches from the very tip to thetop of the ' funnel like bulbus bit'. The much darker spathe measured 34 ins.
Luckily they are best for a one day spectacular. Don't blink or you'l miss it ! I'm afraid the smell lingers slightly longer........

Maggots in veg patch

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 11:48

If it is the dreaded Vine Weevil grub they are usualy creamy white with in a 'c' shape , half inch long plumpish / well filled out. They are orange/brown at one end.

They only attack the roots , as far as I know   .Sometimes the first sign is yellowing leaves.

This is what I do for shrubs and plants- I dig them up and wash the roots in soapy   water. I then replant in a pot . I then give them a good watering of the Vine Weevil solution . but I dont know if it is safe to use on veg. A garden center will advise. Buying the nematodes could be expensive specialy if they are not the vine weevil. Can you put a picture on here or failing that take some into a garden center. It is true the menure needs to be old and well rotted / have no smell .

I have a suggestion to make, some people grow in pots to eradicate the problem - but youd still need to keep check , a friend of mine grows in old tyres his carrots , he stacks 3 together , uses new bags of compost . growing carrots this way keeps away the carrot fly.   your radish could be grown in a pot, and if your butternut squash is a bush type you would be alright in a largish pot. until you get your garden sorted out for next year growing veg in pots is an alternative - admitted not quite the same but at kleast you have a taste of your freshly growm veg!

If it turns out to be a fly infestation from the menuer then this can be treated with sprays again ask at a garden center. At least you have time to work on your soil to get it right for next year .

Let us know how you get on . take care.

Growing Sweetcorn

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 10:08

Forgot to say, when our harvesting your sweetcorn have ready a pan of water  on the boil and ONLY THEN pick your sweetcorn so that almost straight away it is in the pan . This way you get all the sweetness and no starch . Even keeping in the fridge you are starting to lose the flavour .

Growing Sweetcorn

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 20:55

Hi , I am in south yorkshire, Last year was not a right good summer compared to the summer 2010  . I live down a country lane surrounded by fields , no shelter whatsoever. I had brilliant crops both years as a rule even in the cold wet summers sweetcorn is okey. I start off in the greenhouse until they are to go outside - usualy June when all supposed frost is gone. Sometimes they are 1 ft  high before they go out. I now set them all in a sead tray to save on room. When they are around 6 inch tall I prick out putting 1 into a 6 inch pot . When setting in the garden I put around 10 inch apart in blocks . The wind will polenate them when they grow tassels. give them lots of water specialy when the cobs are forming . you may need to stake them . good luck- they easy and nothing beats a home grown cob !. 

HELP !!!!!what about ground cover plants- does it work?

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 19:52

Thank you Gary, my soil is sandy and peaty we live on the edge of the moors . Azaleas and the like grow well on my soil so think this makes it acidic ?

Help with Identification please

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 19:41

I am trying to see the lower leaves better  The flower looks like what: We call  milkmaid but in the flower books they call it stitchwort. shall look again when I find the magnifying glass.

Planting out

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 19:33

this plant flower looks like sorrel but the sorrel  plant comes up easy and I believe is annual so Im wondering if it is a dock leaf infestation which are a tough plant once they have esablished . can only be dug up and has a long root so Id go for spraying and leave it on long enough to get right down to the root.


Hi Robot , Don't know if you will get my first answer along with this as its still above this as Im writing.  but here goes  I will look  at the photo's and try to work out what they are.

HELP !!!!!what about ground cover plants- does it work?

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 19:12

Thanks Alina W, This sounds just the sort of thing , I will try the ajuga  and if this works with not letting anything grow through it then maybe their are  other  plants that  I can go for so I get a good mix I shall scour the gardening pages.

Planting out

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 18:26

this plant flower looks like sorrel but the sorrel  plant comes up easy and I believe is annual so Im wondering if it is a dock leaf infestation which are a tough plant once they have esablished . can only be dug up and has a long root so Id go for spraying and leave it on long enough to get right down to the root.

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Azaleas ? I'm intrested in what others think on this one !

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sowing seed .

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Other flowers the same shade of blue? 
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Moth Orchids

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