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What's in my garden?

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 16:37

I looked too and wasn't convinced about Bracken but couldn't have named it.

I seem to remember that there is a way of telling Bracken from Ferns but I just can't bring it to mind...........something to do with the way the fronds uncurl ?  Someone will know I'm sure

I've got several ferns ( tho don't know all the names ) and I wouldn't be so quick to rip out............that one looks too fine cut for Bracken

Facebook Rose Competition

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 16:24

Looks like it is going to be a real beauty.....well worth the angst of entering competition for........thanks for sharing

Sweet potato

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 08:54

They are looking good SnowA..........I'll follow their progress with interest

W E E D S !!!!!!! Help please :)

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 21:14

 Janet........much depends on what your weeds are........if you don't want to use chemicals, then hand digging is the way to go.  You will need to remove all the perennial weeds first I think. 

Weed supressing membranes can work but unless you use a really heavy duty one, you may find it really not worth while...........persistent weeds will still grow thru  unless you eradicate first..  You will still get annual  weeds growing ........wind borne, dropped by birds, etc but they should be relatively easy to deal with.

It is a bit difficult to give advice without a little more info on the plot you are working on - perhaps a couple of pics will bring you some considered help and advice. Plenty of people on the forum who can advise and help

Plants with military associations

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 20:58

The poppy............Flanders Poppy............pretty and easy to grow

Tomato trouble

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 20:28

David............don't know about 1947. (before my time )  but do recall trudging thru snow to get to school in 1962.

1976 I certainly remember as being a scorcher but so also was 1994 I harvest of Chillies, Bottle Gourds and terrific for all my exotics.

Re Toms..........2013 was a good year for growing and ripening on the plant......I had Sungold, Black Cherry, Rainbow and Rosada all outside......did well.  Just hoping the same will apply this year too

tatty toms

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 20:08

I only remove the leaves from below the first truss to begin with......if strictly necessary, you can "move up" the plant that way as your fruit ripens.  So long as you remember that the leaves are there for a purpose so best not to remove too many

Lidl bulbs and plants

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 19:14

 ....I think most of the plant and bulb suppliers have access to amazing lens filters ........comparing some of my plants with the catalogues, I often wonder whether I am even growing the same plant never mind the same variety

W E E D S !!!!!!! Help please :)

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 18:59

Jane.......there are a couple of threads relating to Marestail which might be worth your while looking at.

As for the other "undesirables", there are various ways of tackling them. .I guess you need to decide whether you prefer the chemical or the natural way and take it from there.  Again there are various threads but you can always post something a little more specific if you are talking about brambles, perennial or annual weeds.

You WILL get there in the end


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 17:51

Prawns marinaded in home made Chilli Oil.........stuffed into Sweet Red Peppers( Bullhorn type ) and roasted.  Topped with the first Courgettes including the flowers  for the last few minutes.  Popped on top of bowl of rice and a side salad (home grown of course )


Discussions started by philippa smith2

Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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Perennial evergreen Grass

What variety ? 
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Sulphate of Potash feed 
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Nicandra physalodes (Shoofly or Apple of Peru)

Leaf variegation 
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Grass snake

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How things change 
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Cuckoo Spit

First of the season ? 
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Last Post: 04/05/2014 at 09:20

Wildlife Pond

Frog tadpoles 
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Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

general query 
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Waterlogged grass/lawn

using RapidGrid to make a path 
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Kniphofia- Red Hot Pokers

Best type ? 
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