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swede or weeds?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 17:29

This is what I thought... Thanks, I'll get rid of them. That could hardly be potatoes from earlier sowings, because I didn't have the raised bed then. But it's true that it looks like it... I hope it's not peelings that were in the compost I added! Thanks for your n-th reply, much appreciated!

swede or weeds?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 16:46

I sowed some swede (Helenor) a few weeks ago in a small square of a raised bed. I don't see much coming out of the soil, except for the 2 specimen below, which are coming just at the border of the bed. I never grew any swede, and don't know what they should be looking like at this stage. Can some one tell me if this is swede or weeds (...which I notice are anagram of each other!)




late apple drop?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 11:45

Thanks for the useful information/advice. It's a bit reassuring (though still frustrating...) About the Cox' choice, it seems to be the  most capricious fruit tree in my garden, and since I'm following the "organic" path, i.e. trust Nature's power, I'm only hoping on natural predators/deterrents to get rid of pests. After I planted Coxy, I sought advice around me (should have done it before!) and they recommended James Grieve (of which I got 2 young specimens last Fall = crop will be for next year at earliest) and also discovery and bramleys.. love this latter, but don't have room (for now... maybe if I get an allotment!)


late apple drop?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 07:30

On 1st July, 2 of my apple trees: a Cox (orange pippin) and a braeburn, were full of apples for the first time ever (Cox is about 4-5 years old and Braeburn is only 2-3). Yesterday, each of them had only 1 apple left after all the other dropped on the ground. I also have 2 dwarf spurs and a russet (Egremont) which have still about the same quantity of fruit as 2 weeks ago. I am wondering whether anyone else has had the same problem, or knows if it's weather related (I'm in Lancs). There doesn't seem to be any pest, though the Cox' leaves are now getting ugly browny edges... Thanks for any advice.

Clematis 'The President & 'Niobe"

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 07:53

I bought in Spring a multiblue clematis at wilko in a small pot (

Poor apple crop_blotchy leaves

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 11:19

For me, it was the opposite until a few days back: I was surprised by the good crop on 3 of my young apple trees (2-5 years old), but after the downpours of the recent ...weeks, each morning now I see many apples on the ground next to 2 of them (Cox and Braeburn, Russet is fine so far). I guess it may be that the unusual cold weather may have delayed the June drop and the rain now is adding to it, ...but I am still worried. At least, the pollinators are very active in my garden, no problem on that side!

Beetroot cyclindra

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 13:48

OK, so here's the upshot: I plugged my hands in, and carefully tried to extract the plant... I needed to use lts of strength and what came out was an UGG=Unidentified Growing Green-thing. Sort of a GM hybrid of woody radish/parsnip, withleaves which indeed remind of rocket, but with an unpleasant smell. Result, I pulled out the three similar UGG that were occupying a big chunk of the raised bed, and gave more room to the growing cabbage. Meanwhile, I "discovered" some nicely growing beetroot, looking like beetroot (at least for its leaves) that I couldn't see before because of the invasive "Dalek".

Thanks to all of you for your help!

Beetroot cyclindra

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 08:14

Grazie per il consiglio!

Beetroot cyclindra

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 07:50

...giant rocket indeed. Thanks for the advice: I was wondering whether I'd better pull them out so that the other vegs can breath better, and your comments suggest that it would be wiser. I'll try and do this asap... between showers!

Italophile, if you read this still, are you from Italy? I'm half Sicilian and half Abruzzese, though I'm feeling now at home in the NW!

Beetroot cyclindra

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 16:03

there are onions sturon on the left and cabbage greyhound on the right, ...loved by slugs & snails (give me a hard time). It's weird because I sowed a later batch of the same seeds beetroot cyclindra (from Wilko) and they grow like these. Whereas, I sowed a few boltardy and they "look" like one may expect though still tiny because sown recently.

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