Latest posts by nutcutlet

Worst Gardening Tool

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 19:47

From where I'm standing 50 is very young. 

all tools still fine but would draw a line at lifting mowers in and out of a minibus as I did until 60

no wonder some of my back joints are a bit iffy

Talkback: How to collect and sow foxglove seed

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 19:08

no, green is not ripe except in very rare cases. Not these cases. 

If poppy seed is ripe it falls out of the seed case when you tip it up

Talkback: How to collect and sow foxglove seed

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 18:59

No, they are still green and unripe. They will rot, not germinate

Talkback: How to collect and sow foxglove seed

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 18:48

You can dry a seed after it's harvested but it does need to have matured as a seed before it leaves the plant. 

Talkback: How to collect and sow foxglove seed

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 18:40

It's quite early for ripe pods of these. Are they brown and dry?

Species roses

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 17:36

Roses don't need chilling as rule, though maybe some do. Rosa rugosa, sown fresh by me to overwinter, germinated in October and was flowering by the end of the next summer. Also had a good accidental result from pouring boiling water on rosehips to start the wine making process. Steep for a week then strain and tip on the garden. A forest results


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 14:54

Nobody makes light of it. Everyone has said take care, 

There are lots of dangers out there; eg stupid drivers, be aware, use common sense and take care.

Autumn come early or mystery disease?

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 14:50

My birches haven't done that this year. It's been dry but not hot so they've been OK, but I've seen them like it every hot and dry year since I planted them. I lost some when they were young but the ones that survived are still going strong around 20 years later.

The mahonia looks a bit depressed in hot and dry as well. I don't grow the others

Mystery illness

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 12:46

They do regrow if you cut them back to nothing but the beetles come back next year so not particularly helpful.

I had 2 of these shrubs, the beetles didn't visit foir years then turned up and destroyed one. The other they don't seem interested in  so far


ID please

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 12:16

Yes, that's the one. I'm being very impressed with them.

Don't forget they are annuals

The person that gave them to me said they self seed but I shall be collecting some.

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