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What to do with fertiliser scolded dahlia

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:58

We put some asda grow more granules on the dalia bed and it has rained. Today the leaves as partly floppy and some brown, also they look like they have been touched by frost, it's clearly the fertiliser. Will they recover, shall I water them more or????

Brown spots on tomato leaves

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 22:50

I was about to post the same. Healthy plants of 2 varieties in expensive compost and yet browny rust spots! Never seen it before, mine are inside a green plastic greenhouse and I have the door open! It's worrying me, not sure what to do!!!

What to do with exhausted compost?

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 22:47

Grow carrots in mine in a big plastic dog bath!! Brill

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 12:16

She will be transporting in a pot to me, so hope it all goes ok. 

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 14:55

It's going to happen in July! The clump is about 3-4 foot, so just dig off a portion then replant or cut leaves off then plant? 

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 14:21

My boss has just sold her house and wants to give me some of her hellebore clump, it's a dusky purple flower. It's currently going to make seeds, how is best to lift and divide?? 

Various questions/seeking views.....

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 20:42

Re read posts, how do I divide when it appeat's that the plant only has one main mass/stem, also when you say root cuttings, is it a specific bit of root I'm looking for. It's gayser gaura I have and cuttings take easily but they go fusty or damp in time. Also scabiosa, Beaujolais bonnets, am I doing something wrong as they seem to only last 2 years, turn woody and yellow and die/don't grow back! 

Various questions/seeking views.....

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 09:39

It's the oil you can see in the clay that is my biggest concern!! I just need to think of a design or get a drawing for the shape, then go for it, book the skip and order some soil. My think is visualising the shape and where how to put walk ways etc. if I move the new people will never know the work it's taken! I also desperately want the lawn doing it is soooo full of weeds, couch grass, clover and a running purple plant!!

Various questions/seeking views.....

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 08:45

No not discouraged, far from it, loving the back so want the impact at the front. My neighbour has been working his soil for 30 years and it's still tough. When my other half tried to dig border out he broke a fork. Then we also found out that the owner before us spilt oil on land hence why our efforts were rotting off and dying! So we decided that if we did beds that it would be beds I could maintain without breaking my back, so out with the clay and in with decent soil. We have dug out over a foot Abd half deep and put in soil. Firstly the beds near the house and under the front window, then this year a long the drive. My partner wanted uniformity but now on reflection he wants sweeping beds in and out!


So I think it will be a project of taking a bit more then more then more! See where that gets us! I think it will look but better when flowers are established a bit more! 


The he back I zoned this year, shady, sunny and then a sunny and dry. So 3 zones and things are happier!! 


Tips for for my wood fence would be great, I bought some modern creacote and then 3 months after it was back to pale and unkempt! 

Various questions/seeking views.....

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 20:55

Thanks for the replies, I agree and love all comments. My back is cute and I like how it's going. I have climbing French beans on my arches and some raspberry in back fence but agree need more. Not sure when to paint fence again as it fades as fast as painted. I have an evergreen honeysuckle one side of pergola. Wanted to avoid the woody winter look.


i hate the front, my partner wanted it to run down drive but it's clinical, I would love to sweep it in and out but I'm struggling as look 2 skips and bought in soil, I can't use existing soil I can't work it and it's sticky blue oily clay! the tree now has a carpet of dahlia under, but I want it to all look cottage and billowing but ... It's took me 2 years to do this! But the more I do the more I want to do! 

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