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Latest posts by lydiaann

Sweet Peppers

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 10:33

So glad this question has come up.  I was given a red chili plant which has fruited very well but the first is only just turning - though quickly.  I use fresh chili, but not that often, so now I know that I can keep it inside in the colder weather (my greenhouse is unheated) I shall do that. 

Runner beans

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 17:03

That's probably it...they were left for nearly 2 weeks at one point (not fair to ask my elderly neighbour to do a large garden as well as my containers!).  I shall remember next year.  Thanks for your input, Forkers!  As always, you come to the rescue...


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 14:37

I have clay soil and mine came up beautifully.  I have collected the seeds - one pod renders up loads - and will be sowing them then overwintering them in an unheated greenhouse.  I did this last year with penstemmons and they are now about 5 cm and very thick and healthy.  I'm going to try my astilbe...might not work but it doesn't cost anything and takes no time at all.  Just think of the nice surprises that might spring from this!

Runner beans

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 14:34

Why are my lovely runner beans, picked fresh while they are still young, very stringy and almost inedible.  Dwarf beans, turnips, peas, etc. all lovely - yum yum.  Runner beans - a bit yuk!

Common Ash

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 12:37

It is called a 'heritage hedge' because it is protected and I cannot remove anything from it, although I can prune overhanging branches on my side of the fence.  It sits between 2 fences about 12 feet apart.  The offending branch was about 12 feet long with many other branches coming from it and thus was heavy, hence my comment that we were "unable to lift it".  There are no seeds on the branches I saved, so I'll just have to consign them to the recycling centre.  However, I will take note about planting the seeds in the autumn/winter...with the dire consequences for our native ash (more in the Telegraph this a.m.), I will try and get some going as our trees thus far are so healthy.  Thanks for the info!

Common Ash

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 11:13

To the rear of our property is a 'heritage hedge' comprising rowan, hornbeam, field maple, hawthorn, sycamore,elder and common ash.  Yesterday we had extremely heavy rain and all the trees were leaning over somewhat, however, by the time evening came all was well.  this morning, we have very breezy conditions and went outside to find one very heavy ash branch bent over to the ground.  We tried to lift it but couldn't, so we've had to take it off.  We have now chopped it up and I have 3 very good 'stems' with good new leafage and I would love to get them rooted somehow.  Is it possible, how would I do it and in pots/containers or back in the ground?  Bearing in mind the terrible ash die-back, and the fact that our 5 ash are in rude health, thank goodness, please tell me this is possible and we can get 3 new trees from this!

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:43

Convollaria (lily-of-the-valley); polygonatum (Solomon's seal); euphorbia; by constant splitting of plants, you could put hostas in there - they have some beautiful varieties and the neighbours/friends/relatives will be grateful of new plants every year.

Leggy Courgettes seedlings

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 09:32

I, too, planted mine out about 3 weeks ago.  All are galloping along nicely and I live in high hopes of a good crop this year.  I amended the very indifferent soil this year, so maybe that's why - also they are quite sheltered.

couple of plants for ID please!

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 16:37

Me again.  Photinia is easy to spot as the new leaves are all red and the plant has constantly red and green leaves at the same time.  I guess the best way is to hard prune all 4, get rid of all of the 'dross' and wait and see what happens.  You may not get a proper flowering for a couple of years, but they'll all benefit in the end.

Red Spider Mite

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 10:22

Okay - know of any crop-sprayers around...

Discussions started by lydiaann


The perennial problem of black spot 
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Runner beans

Not good 
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Common Ash

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Last Post: 08/06/2014 at 15:11

Red Spider Mite

They're everywhere! 
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Last Post: 21/05/2014 at 21:17

Curly leaves on my plum

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Last Post: 29/04/2014 at 20:59

To prune or not to prune

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Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 20:46

Field maple

Fungus or disease? Deadly or a cosmetic problem? 
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Mystery tree

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Last Post: 26/06/2013 at 14:51

Ants in the compost bin

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Last Post: 17/05/2013 at 09:39

Pruning Rowan/Mountain Ash

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