Adam Pasco

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Black Soot

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 20:58

I wonder if this is sooty mould, although I've never seen it on my rhodo, azalea or pieris before, but have had it on my camellia.

Sooty mould develops on the surface of leaves when sap, or honeydew, drips down onto the surface from sap-sucking insects above. Scale insect is the usual culprit. 

Sheddy, take a look at the underside of the leaves above the sooty ones and see if you can find scale insects feeding. If you have then you'll need to try and get rid of these pests in some way (not easy), but if not we'll have to think again. Let us know what you find.

Talkback: Weather damage to plants

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 10:55
Hi MacMatt. Anglian Water serve my part of the East Midlands in Cambridgeshire, and they have imposed a hosepipe ban. Much of the MIdlands is now under drought order, and everyone is being encouraged to use water wisely to avoid a hosepipe ban being enforced.


Posted: 03/04/2012 at 10:27

I'll just add that my comments above equally apply to any invasive or spreading plant, and not just to weeds. I've made the mistake in the past of planting mint in a border, which unsurprisingly has not stayed put. Also that great idea of growing some horseradish will not be repeated, along with the idea of growing a patch of comfrey to make fertiliser or addd to the compost heap. Phlox spreads too much, not to mention epimedium. I could go on.....


Posted: 02/04/2012 at 22:44

Lovely as your thistle may be, you live to regret the day you let it set seed! I've made similar mistakes myself, and learning from these would now never risk letting an invasive plant (no matter how attractive) grow, flower and set seed.

My advice would be to be brave, and remove it.


Posted: 30/03/2012 at 12:13

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The bookazine costs £4.99, and an iPad App version is also available for £3.99. Check out details here:

You can also find our Gardeners' World 'Grow Your Own' bookazine in WH Smiths and other major newsagents. 

Though I say it myself, it really is a fabulous guide to growing your own.

Talkback: Ask Adam

Posted: 30/03/2012 at 11:58

Many thanks for all your questions. I've answered two batches of them now, with more answers being written every fortnight.

You can find the first batch of answers here:

You can find the second batch of answers here:

Looking forward to receiving more gardening questions from you all. Please include as much background detail to your question as possible, as this really helps me provide a more informed answer.

Talkback: Preparing for drought in the garden

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 23:37
From tonights TV news it does look as if there will be a hosepipe ban in my area. So, when it comes to summer bedding I think sun loving pelargoniums (zonal geraniums) will be featuring highly in my selection.
I'm also following happymarion's idea and growing those beautiful daisy-flowered osteospermums.
What else? Succulents like aeoniums. Mediterranean herbs. More suggestions please.

Talkback: Gardening jobs for snowy weather

Posted: 10/02/2012 at 15:19

I enjoyed a similar bird feeding frenzy this morning. After more snow yesterday evening, the local blackbirds have finally discovered the red crab apples still hanging on to a neighbours tree.

At 7.00 this morning I could hardly believe my eyes when I counted 8 blackbirds on this small crab apple tree in their front garden. Far from fighting with one another, the cold weather appears to have brought them closer together. Long may it last – well, probably until all the apples have been eaten!

Talkback: Gardening jobs for snowy weather

Posted: 07/02/2012 at 10:22

Thank oldchippy. Yes, I agree that ivy growing in trees is not always beneficial. Wildlife may like it, but the extra weight and volume of this vigorous evergreen can act like a sail and pull down even healthy trees and branches in high wind. The extra weight of snow they carry during winter can also be too much for many to carry without damage.

Ivy can also be a thug. As always, follow teh advice 'right plant, right place' and you shouldn't go wrong.

Talkback: Gardening jobs for snowy weather

Posted: 06/02/2012 at 17:33
Sorry your tall yucca collapsed under the weight of snow, happymarion. I'm sure you are not alone.

Talking about taking photos of your robin, Tim got an amazing picture of 'my' robin during a recent visit. They're so inquisitive at this time of year, and the robin came right up in front of me while clearing a border so it could get in the picture. I'll certainly be using this picture in my What To Do Now pages of the magazine in future.

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Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Good advice, Kate. And it's not just bird feeders that must be kept clean, but bird baths too. Possibly it's even more important to keep bir... 
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