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Posted: 19/05/2013 at 11:40

They're in! Just nine and currently tiny (not that I'm complaining as a gift of free plants is almost always a good thing) so hopefully the brassicas will grow a little before they get shaded. 

I'm wondering if the corn might help keep the pigeons off.


Posted: 19/05/2013 at 09:10

If you don't already have plants, it might be worth buying a pot of bluebells in flower now and collecting the seed from them. Fresh seed is likely to give better results.

Attract blue tits

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 14:01

The ones round my way seem very fond of birches and contorted willow.

Runner Beans.

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:59

Figrat, you could be right!


Verdun, I agree a healthy row of beans does look good. Maybe some people just like to see a huge row of them? No reason why they shouldn't grow them just for that, I grow plenty of plants just to look at. ( I'd still call a 20' row huge!)

Red Bugs on my fritillaria imperialis

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:55

They're quite hard to squish. You need to dig a nail in.


Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:53

I agree the red looks like berberris.

The yellow one could be Batchelor's buttons - Kerria japonica. Can you take another picture a bit closer?


Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:51

Thanks everyone!

I'll give it a go. If tomatoes and chillies can cope with the shade then brassicas should be OK. 

Bay Trees

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 10:13

What does the damage look like? If it's notches around the edges of the leaves then vine weevil could be the culprit.

Although an ant's nest in the compost could cause problems I don't think ants would actually eat the leaves or shoots of a bay tree.


Posted: 18/05/2013 at 10:10

I've been offered sweetcorn plants. I do like sweetcorn and the plants will be composted if I don't have them, but I don't really have room for them. I was wondering if I could plant them between my sprouts and sprouting brocoli? The ground has had lots of rotted manure dug in and I can reach it with a hose so the shading of the brassicas is my real concern.

Runner Beans.

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 09:40

I'm always amazed by the huge rows most people seem to grow (on my allotment site at least) Maybe some have large families who all love beans, but most seem unable to keep up with production and the plants are soon left with toughening beans on them. 

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