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What peas are the best

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 10:05

im on a new plot so I tried three types to see which grew best

I grew champion of England (very tall and not much crop for it)

Kelvdon wonder (short with a good crop, but I had to double sow due to germination problems)

and Hurst greenshaft (by far the best, easily reachable and high yield)

Hurst greenshaft next year it is!

Dahlias and Slugs

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 10:47

depends how damaged they are and if they were planted as seed this year or from tubers?

if tubers then there's a chance that they'll re-sprout from the tuber underground.

any chance of photos?

Strange strawberries

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 10:45

could be a virus?

Lavender bush

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 10:41

at 10 years old its coming to the end of its life. id take cuttings from non flowering new growth now and by next year they'll be big enough to flower and you can remove your old one and replace with your cuttings.

Brambles, Ivy and Nettles

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 10:04

don't use carpets, they have chemical that leach into the ground.

What I've done in the past is cut everything down to the ground -  don't bother raking up - cover  everything with a double layer of corrugated cardboard and then bury in at least 4 inches of organic matter - compost, manure, grass cuttings - anything to hold the cardboard down (the more the better, I once buried a plot under 14 inches of half rotted manure, the planting in the spring was brilliant!) then in the spring you can deal with the few pernicious weeds that force their way thru! 

What is this plant? Could it be a weed?

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 09:57

mole plant, toxic sap that some people react to, remove it wearing gloves before it flowers and compost

Crazy fungus

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 09:55

the only toxic boletus is the Satan boletus, its red on the outside and blue when cut open (if you eat it after those warnings you deserve to be ill!) this may be the one you've found, cut in half and if the cut edge goes blue coloured that's what you've got.

there is one that I mistake for cep and that's bitter boletus.  it's not toxic, but as the name implies its damn bitter and destroys any mushroom dish you make!

Pruning my raspberries

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 11:44

first remove the green plastic tie thing so that the plant can spread itself out and you can get in to see what needs doing,

remove the canes that have had flowers and fruit on this year the to the ground as well as any dead or old canes (a tip is the older the cane the darker brown the bark)

as its in a pot I would leave the suckers (these are new plants trying to form after all) you can transplant them out in spring if you want new plants.

you might only have three or four new canes left after the pruning, after you've finished pruning give a good water and a fertilize, I would say a nitrogen rich one as you want shoots and leaves as the fruiting is over.

it might take a year or two of this pruning regime for it to settle down and produce good fruits, plus rasps don't like being grown in containers as they are hungry thirsty plants


Posted: 12/08/2014 at 11:33

bumble bees do this to my bladder Campion to get easy access to the necteries. possible the same culprit?

Something burrowing in my greenhouse

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 11:27

get a hosepipe and let it run on the hole, rats and mice don't like having damp burrows

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