Latest posts by quercus_rubur

Bind weed

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 21:16

I agree with Verdun. I once had a garden full of it and digging it out was the worst thing to do. After 5 years of it increasing triffid-like, I sprayed it with glyphosate. The 2nd year as soon as I saw a shoot I painted it with Glyphosate Gel, and in subsequent years each time I saw a shoot. 

It's a long job but eventually it went.

Garlic - when does it look ready?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 21:07

Generally around September/October when the leaves die down. I've eaten those scapes. They're B*** hotter than raw garlic!

What veg to grow in my partially shaded greenhouse?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 21:03

In the past I've grown potatoes in tubs on my patio which is in partial shade and they've done well


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:59

The yellowing leaves sound like it's suffering from lime chlorosis. Even if it's planted in acid soil/compost it will still need an ericaceous feed, especially if it's in a pot.

Lack of flowers, can be due to lack of water (again especially if it's in a pot), overfeeding - too comfortable, or underfeeding. I always give mine a feed in Spring and again in Autumn. Wherever possible the ones in pots I water with rain water

Ideas for a strawberry planter

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:46

Tomatoes? There's a cherry variety called Tumbling Tom which I've grown before in hanging baskets. You can get yellow as well as red


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:35

Thanks Daffy. I'll have a look for those and give forcing another try next year. My kids - now fully grown - recall how I gave them a stick of rhubarb and an egg cup full of sugar. They still love it 

My Corkscrew Hazel - Thanks

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:30

Thanks Obelixx. I bought it full of buds which are flowering now, but didn't realise it would flower again in summer. Will look forward to that!

My Corkscrew Hazel - Thanks

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:35

Just a note to say thanks to those who suggested I prune my Hazel instead of taking it out. I pruned it back by about a third, taking out the lower limbs, and a couple others to open it up. It's doing well and has open ground underneath where I've underplanted it. I've also put in a Clematis I bought at the Harrogate Flower Show - Clematis koreana Broughton Bride - so that it will twine through the branches. Very pleased with the result, so once again, me, Hazel and the Long-tailed Tits say thanks 

Why won't my Oullins Gage fruit?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:20

All plum trees take some time to fruit - can be up to 10 yrs. I planted a Damson 5 yrs ago. This is the first year I've had lots of blossom. I'm living in hope, but not holding my breath

I love gages too!



Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:11

Oooh just watching The A-Z of plants and Rhubarb is on!

I love Rhubarb! but I'm not a fan of forced Rhubarb. I've grown it a couple of years and found it pretty tasteless, Couldn't even say it was sweet.  I much prefer the sourness of naturally grown sticks.

The variety is Timperely Early which is supposed to be good for forcing. Can anyone recommend a different variety?

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