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Plant identifying help

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:11

He's been at my allotment for a number of years now Bookertoo, even though I've always looked upon as a weed, I have never thought about getting the spade out to dig him up - strange !!

Perhaps, I've always known he was special.

Plant identifying help

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 10:54

haha daintiness, thats the triffid thats growing at my allotment - cheers.


Plant identifying help

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 10:51

You describe something which sounds very similar to something that is growing at my allotment, of which I didn't plant. Grows nearly as tall as me, 5 foot, it has massive furry leaves at the base, as the plant grows it gets thinner until eventually it flowers - yellow. Comes back year after year, but I don't know the name of my resident plant.

To me, it looks like a weed .- sorry !


Posted: 05/06/2012 at 10:24

Very true Botticelliwoman, and thanks.

Larvae in soil - what is it ??

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 12:29

leatherjacket larvae, perhaps...


Posted: 04/06/2012 at 10:08

Following Botticelliwoman suggestion, I thought I'd take a pic of the pond I'm creating in my yard - wildlife only. Exposed to full sun from 1-5pm approx a day in summer, non in winter.

 Looks a bit messy at mo, but what the photo doesn't show is all the plants ready to go in those pots on the left handside, which will hide the edges making the pool look more natural. They are 2 trays inside one another for strength, as the pool had to be lifted off the ground.


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 23:08

How much is a small amount of money ? 50, 200, 1000

A few things to bear in mind when locating your pond.

NEVER locate it under trees, total shade or total sun ;-

  • Under trees - falling leaves
  • Total shade - plants can't photosynthesis
  • Total sun - problems with green water

Lets face it, building ponds is expense, I know because I've spent thousands of pounds building them. If your into recycling, I have made a pond at my allotment from an old bath, dig a hole, drop it in, put the plug in lol and plant around the sides.

If a bath is not to your liking, do what my neighbour done. Lined it with black pond lining probably bought from argos to disguise the fact it's a bath - it works !! I've checked on the Argos site and there is 2 sizes to choose from.

If your thinking about keeping fish, a pond this size would house 2 pond fish nicely - do keep in mind that pond fish and aquatic plants grow bigger then indoors. Oh, and remember to put in steps, should any wildlife wish to visit your pond they'll be able to climb out, you'll be surprised how many people overlook this very important detail.

Growing Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 19:10

I've never grown them before, this following vid may have some useful info

My bay tree's leaves have gone yellow. What can I do to rectify this.

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 17:43

Oh, edit isn't working again !!

Forgot to say, it may need a feed if you haven't already done so, it may be lacking in nutrients. Sometimes yellow leaves are a sign that its hungry.


My bay tree's leaves have gone yellow. What can I do to rectify this.

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 17:41

Bay's suffer from attacks by scale insects, which if heavily infested suck the life out of its host, check its trunk /stems for these little critters !!

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