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foxglove illumination

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 10:23

Thank you for all the responses. My plants were bought as mature and in flower, they looked good all last year and I cut off the flower spikes when they had  finished then brought one (potted) into the conservatory (unheated and north facing). The one remaining in the garden I covered in a fleece jacket once weather got cold but it has died.

How is the best way to take cuttings from my surviving plant which looks a rather sorry specimen at present. I tried, unsuccessfully with side shoots last year

foxglove illumination

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 10:34

these are sold as hardy but are not. After losing two in the garden I have one survival grown in a pot in the conservatory. Advice please on propagation.  I want to put one in the garden, I live in the south and have very free draining soil, the plants looked very good last year, I just need to get them through the winter.

courgette problem

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 10:38

Thankyou, the seeds were from a packet that I'd used the previous year and  not all the plants are "bumpy" (so far). Somebody else has suggested it might be a virus and there are masses of aphids, as usual!.

courgette problem

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 09:14

I don't understand this comment. Was hoping for some advice.

courgette problem

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 11:06

I've been growing courgettes on my allotment for several years and this year 2 of my plants look most peculiar with mottled skin which is uneven or bumpy. Does anybody know what the problem is? Can I still eat them?  Could it be a problem with watering?

Bamboo- inherited

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 10:46

There's a lot of info. already here if you page down a bit. Some bamboos are a huge problem but hopefully not yours.


Posted: 10/05/2015 at 09:57

Thankyou for the support


Posted: 09/05/2015 at 13:13

I have been to my local hardware shop and bought a bait box and bait. I hope it works but I feel really bad about doing it.

We have no ducklings on the river this year so far, we also have a bad rat problem so I suppose they are linked.  We need to discourage people feeding the ducks so much although it brings such pleasure to the children.


Posted: 04/05/2015 at 09:50

Thanks for the advice, I think that I'll try the hosepipe first. I'm a bit nervous about using poison in the garden.


Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:18


I have had a compost bin for 30+ years with no problems. Now  Rats.

I have got rid of it once by empting the bin and re-making it now 1 month later the rat is back. I don't put cooked food in, I kick the bin on passing and can't afford the £60 the council charges to call.  Any safe suggestions?  I don't have the strength  for frequent turning, I'm a once a year person when it comes to turning the compost bin.

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foxglove illumination

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courgette problem

mottled bumpy skin 
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In compost bin 
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What pollinates peas

Has anyone ever grown peas under fleece and did it protect from the pea moth and its nasty maggots? 
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