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Help me identify shoots please

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:49

I always sow parsnips a pinch at a time. so I am in complete agreement with your daughter.  Frankly parsnips can be a bit reluctant to germinate, so I sow 4 or 5 seeds every 9 inches along the row.  Then, when they begin to grow, I pull out the weeker looking seedlings just leaving the best looking one.  I can't see the point in sowing all along the row, however thinly, when you only need a plant every 9 inches etc. Any seeds sown in the remaining 8 inches are always doomed.

This works for parsnips, turnips, beetroot, kholrabi etc.

Young Beach Hedge

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:35

I hate tree spirals but then I've never had to try and establish a hedge on rabbit infested land. Still they are preferable to those ghastly plastic tubes you see with great tufts of grass growing out of the top and a couple of rather forlorn oak leaves.

My main concern with spirals and tubes is that they can inhibit the lower trunk of the hedge plants from branching and this can result in a bare trunk  and hence a thin bare hedge bottom later on.

However if you have a rabbit problem they are probably essential to allow the plants to establish. The alternative is to fence off the whole area with netting and that can prove expensive.

Help me identify shoots please

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:12

I think that the plant in your first image ( turnips) is creeping buttercup which can be an invasive weed and really needs digging up. It has brittle roots and all of it needs to be removed otherwise the root pieces will grow back.

the first seed leaves of turnips will be heartshaped followed by more normal leaves.

Your lettuces look an ideal size to be transplanted, water well, lift as a clump and then gently seperate them and replant about 6 inches apart. Just be careful not to damage the stems so only hold them by the leaves.

Good luck.

cedar wood preserve

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 00:10

Perceived wisdom usually states that western red cedar doesn't need a preservative due to its naturally occuring oils imbuing it with a level of rot resistance without our interference.

However, some people do recommend using either an oil treatment or spirit based wood preservative to help maintain its looks.  you could perhaps look on the websites of cedar greenhouse manufacturers and see if they recommend anything, though I suspect that they may use a lack of maintenance as a selling point.

Native/traditional British plants for office plants?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 18:27

I can only think of one native plant that tolerates the average office climate, and that is good old Hedera helix, Ivy in other words. Not exactly exciting but given enough light and the odd mist it should survive.

Compost heap

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 19:21

If you have too many clippings to compost, then they can be used as a mulch, but you do have to ensure that they have not been treated with lawn weedkillers etc.

I take my neighbours clippings to supplement my own and use them around the veg.

Ground elder

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:53

Does anyone know of a ground cover plant that can outcompete ground elder, but not go mad itself ????

any ideas??!!

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:47
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Have another goat posting the pic


Looks like JcBlue found that other goat. Perhaps it will eat the Dracunculus.

Leaving tulips in the ground

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:44

I have just been reading Sarah Raven's guide to growing tulips.

Her recommendation is to plant deeply, and by deeply we are looking at a 12" hole with 2" of gravel for drainage and a bit of bonemeal. This is done October/November and then, after flowering, the old leaves are cleared away and the patch mulched.

She claims that there is no advantage to lifting tulips and that shallow planting encourages the bulbs to try to divide and thus weaken themselves.



Overgrown rockery

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 08:33

If you lift those plants that you wish to save, you will need to check very carefully that you are not transplanting pieces of celandine with them.  Wash the roots and grow them in pots with clean compost.

You don't want to be spreading celandines around your garden.

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