Alina W

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Posted: 11/05/2012 at 11:29

Although it contains some food, compost's main contribution to the garden is to improve the texture of the soil. If topsoil has been improved with compost, plants find it easier to put down roots and take nutrients and water from the soil and so grow better. They will, however,  grow without it, as all the wild plants that you see prove.


Posted: 11/05/2012 at 10:14

It may be slime mould. If it is, dryer weathe will get rid of it for you. Breaking up the ground surface will also make it less widespread.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 09:44

It's started again here....

Gourds !!

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 22:19

You'll know because they stop growing, more or less.

Tiny white bits on plants.

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:40

If they look like tiny bits of thread they're probably thrips, another sap-sucker. treat as aphids.

Botrytis on my lilies

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:56

It sounds like they may have got too wet, possibly in the recent heavy rains. Does your container have good drainage?

The bad news is that it can spread to other plants, so if it is what you think I would be inclined to get rid of the lilies and the compost. Next year, try and keep the planter dryer, if necessary covering it during periods of heavy rain.

Perennials not growing

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:50

Were these root cuttings bought in a cardboard box, by any chance?

Gourds !!

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:48

We did, Zoomer

I grew them up a trellis, although I can't remember if I tied them in. The mixed ones are generally fairly small, max size that of a small melon, more often a grapefruit or large pear.

Is my hedge alive or not?

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:39

Hello again, Louise. Beech hedges should be starting to move around about now, so it's not too late yet.

Cherry - that wants to be pruned in summer, so June-August, and make sure that the weather is dry at the time. Take off about a max of a third of the height of your plants in the first year.

lawn help!

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:32

Assuming that the weeds and moss patches are few, I would start by applying lawn feed to revitalize the grass; in 4-6 weeks you can apply a  lawn weed and feed to treat problem areas. In the meantime. mow regularly and not too low; the food alone should make a big difference.

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