Latest posts by quercus_rubur

I have my first courgette!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 20:07

Yes please. Ever the optimist I'll get the recipe in readiness for my crop!

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 20:04

Thanks both of you, this gives me hope. I'll try the black polythene next year. I do have them self-seeding in the garden, but now it's a case of defeating the failure of the packets!

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 19:13

I know it seeds itself, and it has, but being a tender perennial as an insurance I've tried to grow it from packet seed myself the last 2 years. Not a one germinates- Zilch! Mrs P says in her review that it grows easily, so Mrs P can you give me advice on how you did it please? Or can anyone else who's grown it from a packet?

If I was queen of the world it would be compulsory to grow this plant

My Garlic look more like shallots

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 18:50

I always get a similar thought when I see the roadworks sign that says "Heavy plant crossing"

more coming soon

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 18:14

Added a bit on mine too.The only bit I'll add in my defence to the cat-haters is that, having never owned a cat, I took in a stray last year, who turned out to be pregnant . I kept one kitten. However, I kept both in till he was 6 months old and they don't stray, are both micro-chipped, and never allowed out at night. My bird feeders are in places they can't reach. I have had to net my raised beds as when I put up a fleece tent earlier this year they both thought it was a nice little house to keep the rain off them. I find the old squirt with water trick helps to keep them off too. Cats can be trained, it's mainly the owners who are the problem. If I ever find out who owned the mother, I'll present them with a bill for £500, which is what it cost in vets bills for 4 kittens.

I have my first courgette!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 17:48

Goodness Obama's heard about my courgette! 

Should my bargain do this?

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 17:34

I'd repot it, or plant it out, and add some bonemeal. When plants outgrow their pots the flowers often fall over. It's probably root-bound. It does look like an Oenothera

I have my first courgette!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 17:30

Just been out pottering in between rain showers and noticed I have my first courgette! It's the first year I've grown them and given the poor results from most of my veg I wasn't expecting much. However, there's a fruit about 2 inch long and another one looks like it's about to form. I planted 3 plants and potentially they all look like they'll fruit. Quite excited!


Posted: 24/06/2012 at 17:21

As long as they don't come in the house I'm content to let them be.. I think I'm turning into a Buddhist ,I really don't like killing anything. Plus if you claim to garden for wildlife - as I do - you have to take the cute and beneficial with the not so cute and beneficial. Regards cats bringing in stuff, I have a cat flap that only works with their microchip. While Mum cat isn't bothered about catching anything, the son chasing anything that moves - mainly leaves and flies fortunately - but negotiating the cat flap seems to deter him from bringing stuff into the house. Plus it stops other cats wandering in.

Anyway they say you're never far from a rat so I imagine it's pretty much the same with mice.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 17:08

Gald to hear your enthusiasm Leggi! I was a young gardener - once upon a time  - and even then it was Gardeners World and Gardeners Question Time that taught me the basics. Please don't say tiddly winks too loudly or you'll put ideas into some non-gardening sporting fanatic in charge of Friday night programming schedule.


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