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fig- advice please

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 18:48

B3.........Starlings love Figs too so I don't suppose you will have too many left over to send to forum members but I'm second after Dove please

Fresh figs wrapped in parmesan ham...........wonderful........

Storing Charlotte potatoes

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 18:32

If you want the space in the garden and have room in your freezer, you can either part cook and freeze or part fry and freeze.........make good wedges or roast pots for later use

Do frogs or toads make sounds in the UK?

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 09:35

Frogs are vociferous in their mating season and, quite often, the odd one or two like to have a quick "growl" in the early summer too.

One thing I did notice tho was that French frogs do seem noisier than English ones.  Probably a "cultural" thing


What is this, please

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 09:20

A mallow...........I have some from a sowing of wild flower seeds a couple of years ago.  They self seed happily

passion fruit seed

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 17:42

Dave...........if the fruit was purple and wrinkled, it is probably just the basic P. edulis as Marco says.

It was the "giant" that misled me  Pity really as I thought you must have struck lucky with a good find.

If you've only just cleaned up the seeds and they haven't dried out thoroughly you should be ok.

passion fruit seed

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 16:26

They could be P. quadrangularis ( Giant granadilla).The fruits are greenish/yellow/orange and oblong in shape.....about 8 to 12 inches long.

If you want to try the seed, sow the whole mess......i.e. the seed with the jelly.  Sown in gentle heat, the jelly will show a bit mouldy but the seeds will germinate better than if washed and dried.

beefstake tomatoes

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 10:06

Black Russian have been good for me in the past.  I'm trying Black Krim this year.....seem to be doing OK at present

May bug?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 09:49

Thanks Dove

May bug?

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 09:22

The last time I saw them in any number was the mid 90's.  Rarely see them now which is a great shame. 

Anyone have any idea why I never see Glow worms these days ( or nights I suppose ) ?

Staghorn Sumac

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 08:50

Sumach are well known for this trait unfortunately.  You can either treat the individual suckers with weedkiller or when you cut your lawn you will cut the new growths and eventually weaken them.

It will probably take a long time by either method and you will need to be very vigilant in spotting any and every sucker.  I have finally eradicated mine after 3 years.

Sumach are beautiful trees but they need to be planted with some care

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