Latest posts by Welshonion

my garlic is very small

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 15:03
Snap! I bought garlic from IoW. Planted the biggest cloves, as I always do, and I have been rewarded with my worst harvest ever! Small heads and rust on every plant. The Elephant garlic from the same source has done really well. Onions and shallots (not from IoW) in the same bed have been excellent.

Strange Plants

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 01:19
Is that Orach??

Growing Pak Choi

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 15:40
Were they perhaps flea beetles? They are a pest on young brassica seedlings.

Heard on radio how old-time growers used to wave a sticky plank above the plants to catch the beetles and then give the plank to chickens for them to eat the beetles!

Himalayan Knotweed

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 15:35
I think you are muddling two different plants

Himalayan Balsam. Likes to grow especially near water and damp places. The ripe seeds spread explosively. Invasive foreign import.

Japanese Knotweed. A scourge. Keep your fingers crossed you don't have it anywhere near you. Also an invasive foreign import.

What is this?

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 00:15
It is causing a dreadful problem everywhere. Pull it out after you have admired it. Seriously.

It is not native and it crowds out native plants.

Anyone know where I can get well-rotted manure in Lewisham, South East London?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 14:56
But do check if you buy raw manure that the horses haven't been stabled on shavings - they don't rot down.

Anyone know where I can get well-rotted manure in Lewisham, South East London?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 13:41
Have you tried Googling Riding schools in Lewisham? I did and came up with three. Only you can say if they are near to you.

Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:13
As I understood it ash dieback affects saplings. Ash has always been prone to having the odd branch die for no apparent reason. It is notorious for suddenly dropping a large branch.

I hope there is nothing seriously wrong with your trees. I like ash though it is a dreadful seeder. OTOH I do not like sycamore and its habit of seeding everywhere.

Small woman big lawn problem

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 11:50
Beware of using a rotovator if you have dandelions. Where you have one root you will end up with multiple plants as every chopped bit will grow.

New turf lawn with fox and cat problem!

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 11:46
Are you sure it isn't badgers getting into the garden? Badger poo is more like cat's than fox's.

Badgers certainly dig well. I think I would set up a motion-sensitive camera to make sure. A low electric fence all round the garden would be a good solution.

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