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Collecting nicotiana seeds

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 19:51

CGFixit...........in my experience, Foxgloves are much easier because they flower and ripen earlier.  Nicotianas are later ............I think they need at least to be turning brown before you can take them off and bag them to finish off.  Happy to be proved wrong tho...........if this rain continues our UK stuff is going to be a little difficult.

DD might stand a better chance ........SWFrance can throw up some really warm dry periods at this time of year.  Left on the plant for a bit longer is the best bet there I think

Collecting nicotiana seeds

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 16:45

I think I'm in the same boat as everyone else.........the Nicotiana pods remain resolutely green no matter how hard I stare at them every day

Dividing Carex 'Evergold'

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 16:35

Will........I split my Carex "Evergold" about a month ago.  It's one of the plants I don't like doing because I find them awkward little beggars. I wouldn't use a knife on them ........ I shake off all the compost and then try and tease away the new growth and follow down to make sure it has some roots attached.  I was looking at mine yesterday and find that about half of the new ones are OK, the others not but I did do some which were very small and therefore a bit debatable.  To be honest, I'm not sure it is a good time to do them now.

There will be other members, notably Verdun, who may have a better suggestion or advice.

Pumpkin vines

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 19:44

Gladioligirl............have a good Haloween anyway

greenhouse for Aeonium arboreum

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 19:36

Providing your Aeoniums are kept very much on the dry side, they should be ok in a cold greenhouse. 

Paraffin heaters are fine but they do produce moisture......something to bear in mind particularly in a well insulated G/H with little or no ventilation.

Sparrowhawk

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 19:29

Fishy

Leylandii

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:46

Borage would probably survive long enough to set seed and invade the rest of the garden.........it is a good plant for bees and other insects but can be a bit of a thug.  I rather think you would regret planting it just to grow something close to the Leylandii.

You don't say how "close" you need to plant or the actual width of the border.  Vinca (minor or major) can make quite a good ground cover.  Also Ajuga reptans may be worth considering.  Both reasonably quick growing ground cover under trees and both as tough as old boots. 

Hopefully someone else may have better idea 

Pumpkin vines

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:13

Pumpkin vines

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 18:02

Mrs.G......well, you could always pickle them and pass them off as green walnuts I suppose

Pumpkin vines

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 17:38

You don't say what variety of pumpkin you are growing or whether outside or under cover but at this point in the year they should be almost ripe or at least well on their way to ripening.  If you have any small fruits attempting to grow on the vines, remove them as they won't grow much now and will take vigour from the vine. 

As a general rule for winter Squash/Pumpkins, once you have the number of fruit you feel the vine will support and which you think will ripen, remove other fruits and trim back the vine.  Whilst the leaves remain green and healthy, leave them on.  Sad to say, if 2 of your pumpkins are still green at this time of year, it is rather unlikely that the will now ripen sufficiently. 

Hope this helps

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