Latest posts by Welshonion

Lemon Grass

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 17:07
The plant does not grow a large bulbous base. Look in the supermarket for an indication of what lemon grass stems look like. The stems are used for cooking.

Mine - grown from a supermarket stem - did well in the greenhouse.

Lemon Grass

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 17:04
The plant does not grow a thick bulbous base. The base of the stems thicken. Look at the lemon grass in the supermarket for an indication of what lemon grass for cooking looks like.

Mine grew well in the greenhouse


Posted: 22/04/2015 at 18:34
Early potatoes can certainly go in now. They will be underground and unaffected by bad weather. It's just that they are traditionally planted about Easter, and it was early this year.

I'm not sure what you mean by wanting second earlies not maincrop. They are different varieties. Have you bought the seed potatoes; and what variety are they?


Posted: 22/04/2015 at 18:28
Mine have taken over a year to flower. But was it worth it as they have no fragrance!!?? If I had know they didn't smell I wouldn't have bothered, but they are very pretty.

What's eating my primrose petals??!!

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 13:04
Tits also do it. Last week on Skomer I watched blackcaps giving the narcissus flowers a good going over looking for things to eat.

Unless you watch your plants from daybreak to nightfall, I doubt you'll catch them at it.

Disturbed a birds nest

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 18:53
Husbands and cutting equipment - not a good combination. The husband of a friend has just cut back a very large Buddlia, but I'm sure it will survive. But I'm not sure the marriage will!

But this thread is a good reminder that it is not the season to do hedge-trimming or pruning where there may be bird's nests.

japanese knotweed

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 13:34
No, you are not being over-concerned. Cutting it will not eradicate it. The best method seems to be to fill the hollow stems near the bottom in Autumn with weed-killer. I'm sure you will find the correct method on the internet.

In the meantime do not plant anything you treasure.

Sweetcorn germination

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 13:30
No you don't need to soak them. It may cause them to rot. Just read my post up-thread.

Destructive foxes

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 13:28
The only remedy is to keep them out of the garden with strong netting, buried well down. Or if you are in a rural area find someone to shoot them.

Sweetcorn germination

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 18:53
There are regulations regarding the germination rates of vegetable seeds. I germinate them on damp kitchen paper at room temperature in a closed container. 100% from some companies. Dismal results from some other companies - usually the more expensive seeds!

10 out of 24 is not good.

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