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Runner bean quandry

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 09:54

I'll look in the stationers when I go to town today!

Runner bean quandry

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 00:17

If I remember from primary school - many years ago - runner beans were grown so we could see how they developed.

Buy a packet of beans suitable for growing from a garden centre or most supermarkets. This cannot be avoided.

1 You can split a bean to show its various parts.

2 Place a cylinder of blotting paper (I'm sure they still sell it) in a glass vessel with water at the bottom and place an undamaged runner bean seed between the glass and the blotting paper.  It will germinate and grow. It can be observed and drawn if the children are of a suitable age group.

3 Plant beans in pots - perhaps one per child - with compost and name label + spares so the children can grow them ready to plant out in the garden or bigger pots once the danger of frost is over.

Don't forget to take photos at every stage.

Good luck and happy growing.

Trouble germinating sweet corn

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 23:59

Sweetcorn are so easy to germinate.  Wet/dampen some paper towel and place in plastic box.  Place seeds on paper towel.  Place top or clingfilm on box.  Leave box at room temperature.  Examine seeds every day and as soon as you see the root emerge lift the seed very carefully and place in deep module or pot of compost and cover with loose compost.

Job done. The seeds will start to germinate in a couple of days.

From some seed suppliers you will get 100 percent germination; Seeds of Italy being one of them.  From others you will have a very poor rate of germination.  The fault is with the seed/seed company not the method.

Do not start sweetcorn off too early, it should not go out before all danger of frost is gone.

mare's tail

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 01:12

Isn't the removal of the mares tail the first priority?

Tomato dropping blossoms - overfertilized?

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 01:06

Do not move it outside until all chance of frost has passed.  Beginning of June where I live, you may be earlier.  Good luck.

Wild Plum bushes

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 00:59

Let me get this right.  You want to remove an established hedge, which no doubt is of use to wildlife because it annoys you!!  Words fail me.

You do not even seem to have established what it is after 3 years.  And you say it is only 4 foot high.  Most people would give their eye-teeth for a resident blackthorn hedge.  And you want either to weedkiller it or smother it.

20ft screen/conifer ideas please

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 10:12

Evergreens are very depressing.  Trees are so much better.  Even when they drop their leaves, your brain will have learnt to focus your eyes into your own garden rather than the building beyond.  That sounds odd, but most people filter out road noise, so they hardly hear it.

Worms In Lawn

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 01:02

My goodness gracious!  You cut the lawn.  What sort of a balmy place do you live in where the grass is growing?  Where I am the fields are totally bare and nothing, but nothing is growing.

The old-fashioned method of getting rid of worm casts used to be to sweep them off with a besom before mowing.

japanese knot weed

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 20:43

I understasnd the best time to tackle it is in the late summer/ autumn as it dies down by injecting weed killer directly into the hollow stem just above the roots.

You will never defeat it by pulling it up as there will be re-growth from every bit that's left in the ground. Suimilarly you cannot eradicate it by digging it up.

Do what you can to keep the growth weak until you can tackle it in the autumn. 


Posted: 07/04/2013 at 13:47

When they have finished flowering, cut them back and the nice green bits you found will flower next winter.

Such a waste to throw them out.

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