philippa smith2

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Black spots on nicandra leaf

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 16:16

You can always collect the seed and sow but IME, they will self seed happily.  You may also find that you will have one or two seedlings with variegated leaves - every bit as attractive

Weed identification please

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 16:07

Part of my garden being an old orchard, I've learned to my cost that Cherry and Plum are great travellers - they must rack up more air miles than a city banker

Question about chillis

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 16:03

Green chillies are, I think, mainly just unripened fruit but it does depend on the variety you are growing.  Greens can still be used if you think you may lose the fruit before it ripens.

From your pic, I'd say they will ripen to Orange or Yellow.  The reds tend to stay green and then gradually darken before they ripen to their full red.

update on Jeyes Fluid and cat probs

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 15:31

Gordon - an old thread which doesn't really need resurrection.  Jeyes fluid is poisonous to anyone/anything which imbibes it - intentionally or not - and I think the previous posts have made that quite clear.


Posted: 12/07/2017 at 17:43

Don't know this variety but there are so many these days.  30 years ago - that should narrow it down a bit I'd have thought.

Try asking the seed depository at Kew.  Or any org which mentions heritage veg/fruit seed.

Advice required please

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 16:22

If it is simply a question of your neighbour spraying weedkiller on your garden, whether it annoys her or not, she has no right to do that but it would probably cost you an arm and a leg to persuade her to behave.

If you have difficulty in getting outside yourself but want to make a garden, there may well be someone in your area who is in the opposite situation - i.e. has no garden but would love to have a patch of ground to grow stuff in.  There is usually a compromise in these situations which I imagine you would be prepared to discuss.  If affordable, a local person who could do the heavy work and clear the area for you is an option.  Obviously, you would then have to maintain it - yourself or a monthly gardener ?  There is no real easy solution.

Neglected/overgrown gardens can be a point of contention between neighbours - it is never an easy situation but it is always wise to take in a neighbour's situation too - if the lady is on her own, painting a fence can take  a while - other things to do, etc ?

Hope you manage to make yourself a nice relaxing patch 

Doctor, it's about my banana

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 15:59

You don't say which Banana you have - Basjoo is the hardiest for the UK.

In any event, no Banana will be particularly happy growing in the middle of a lawn.  They are lush semi tropical jobs and need to be treated accordingly.  

Plant ideas

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 15:47

Epimedium ?  They enjoy the shade.

Curled/ crinkle leaves on chillies / sweet peppers

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 15:44

This year my Basil has done exactly the same .If there are no visible bugs, Keen is right - too hot and dry. - that's the conclusion I've come to anyway

bird song/water/rain forest

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 15:36

I rather thought that might be the case gary

It's a nice vision so hope you get something to do the biz.

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