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Talkback: How to winter-prune trees and shrubs

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 16:49
any advice for pruning hydrangeas?

Talkback: Whitefly

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 20:33
I've got it on my broccoli but it doesn't harm it, just means you have to wash the leaves carefully and rub it off, if you eat the leaves too. It also seems to be living in my compost bin, every time I open the lid a swarm of white fly fly up. Or is it something else? We're organic so I could try a soap spray but should I do something about the bin? Advice please.

Ivy, holly and cyclamen - everywhere!!!

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 16:33

Definitely cut the ivy back and carefully  get it away from the ground and the shrubs, it will take over just like convolvulous. Fidgitbones and Rosie 31 have given good advice.

winter tidy up

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 20:25

I cut the dahlia foliage and dig up the tubers. Also the dead tomato plants and remove the  runner bean vines. I do quite a lot of cutting  dead foliage so that I can compost it. I also sweep up leaves on the paths for compost . We have too many snails on our allotments despite frogs so I collect as many as I can and relocate them in a nearby waste land around the edges of a car park. If only we had hedgehogs but they would probably  make straight for the main road..  As I plant broad beans at this time I have to clear a plot, dig in compost. I put a fleece over the bean bed this year only to return and find it covered in muddy marks as if there had been a great foxesV cats V rats Vsquirrels brawl.If the beans will actually come up is anyone's guess.



unknown bugs

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 22:22

my leeks are being eaten, from the inside out it seems by some bug which leaves little red-brown pip shaped seed sized eggs behind, I've never seen this before but it has  attacked all my leeks in three different beds, small beds.

Can anyone identify and offer me advice. We are an organic allotment association so I  cannot use  pesticides.


Talkback: How to look after roses in autumn

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 22:39
I have been told it's best to prune roses in January

It seems to do them no harm. Should I change to atum pruning?


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 17:45

I've never bothered to keep the dahlia seeds as \i take up the tubers each year but I'm going to try growing a few now to see what colours they come out as.

Stake your dahlias firmly when they're just starting to get  tall but do lift them up and stake them now anyway.

I take  up mine each autumn when they've finished flowering that way you have the new tubers to pot up and grow more plants from but in the south east especially london you can leave them in.

dry them  before storing  to avoid mould and choose a cool dry storage place.


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 16:17

just keep deep digging say in January and get every bit of white root out of the soil, keep pulling at the slightest trace of bindweed whenever you see it, avoid  weed killers etc as harmful to wildlife. I never totally eradicate but it can be kept to a minimum.

Will anything grow in full shade?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:21

solomon's seal  is a fascinating plant but that and hostias will be preyed upon by slugs and snails. Use nemotodes for slugs, collect snails and relocate regularly.

Will anything grow in full shade?

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 23:16


lovage (in light shade)

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Discussions started by dahliaslave

unknown bugs

attack on leeks 
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Talkback: How to look after roses in autumn

I have been told it's best to prune roses in January It seems to do them no harm. Should I change to atum pruning? 
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