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What's left for us to grow?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:17

I eat runner beans raw too but last summer a couple of visitors were sick by eating too many.  I think they really did too many!  Apparently beans are toxic unless cooked.  I eat carrots, rhubarb, peas, etc. raw and I'm pretty healthy......I think 

Talkback: Dealing with vine weevil

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:13

jenny, you simply replaced one group of vine weevil favourites with another, viz., heucheras.

treated with provado vine weevil killer twice a year is very effective.  As has already been said heucheras will regrow surprisingly quickly after attack from eaten pieces.  I divide heucheras regularly, wash old soil off and pot up or replant in the garden and they quickly form large plants again.  

Re vine weevils in pots I found, by experiment, that garden soil mixed with mpc is less attractive to weevils.  A top dressing of grit helps too.  

A torchlight visit at night in the summer will often reveal the adult weevils....they seem to like euonymus bushes as a host and I have, seemingly, reduced attacks by subsequent weevil grubs by squashing adult weevils

What's left for us to grow?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 08:56

Just about every plant has the potential to poison us.

we just need to be sensible many of us grow yuccas and other dangerously spiny plants?  Greater risks to our health from the chemicals (even food preparation) in our homes

i will continue to grow plants that appeal 


Posted: 10/11/2014 at 08:50

Good morning folks

Grey but dry so far here.  Rain later and for week ahead it seems 

trimmed hollies, Berberis atro nana, euonymus, taxus  etc with my new/replacement cordless hedge trimmer yesterday.  These are grown for their shapes so I maintain annually.  Most of the hellebores have been cut back to the ground now.  So much still in flower though



Canna Lily

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 23:22

I've never lost a canna when left in the ground over winter.  Plenty of rain down here but not too cold, generally.  I only worry when cannas are dug up and get wet and my feeling is that kept dry, esp if sizeable clumps, they will be fine.  

What's left for us to grow?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 21:48

Talk of aconitum being something we should not grow has made me think.  off the top of my head the following pose a threat to our well being too.

daffodils, lily of the valley, euphorbias, runner beans(eaten raw), grapes (toxic to dogs) , potatoes.....avoid any green parts, rhubarb, yews, hyacinths,,laburnum, golden privet, lilies, datura, rhododendron, foxgloves.......oh dear, I think even my beloved hellebores are potentially injurious to my health

I'm sure there are many, many more plants we should not grow in our gardens.  but let's get rid of all these threats.  Not much to garden with though 


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 17:06


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:48

You canna do that Fairy 

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:47

Just trying aconitum now....see what all the fuss is about.....ha ha, I'm fi...................................................


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:43

If kept dry your Cannas should be fine Busy. some fleece, as Fairy suggests, is sensible too. I often have large clumps simply placed under a cloche over winter but it's mild here 

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