Alina W

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Black Soot

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 21:51

It can also be caused by honeydew dripping from overhanging trees. If this is the case, all you can really do is wait for fresh leaves on the bushes. Although it's ugly, it won't do your plants permanent harm.

Cabbage and pigeons

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 21:08

Your only real way is to net the cabbages by constructing a frame over them. If you use a fine mesh you'll also keep any butterflies out, hence no caterpillars.

Be sure to secure the bottom of the mesh well so that no creatures can get in and get trapped.

is it safe to put seedlings into window boxes yet?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 16:44

If you sowed in January, have you fed the seedlings since? Compost generally runs out of nutrients after about 6 weeks, so if they've not been fed they're going to be hungry.

Problem Ivy

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 16:34

I think you'll have to wait until the chicks have gone to do anything major.

However, there's nothing to stop you cutting the stems at the bases where you know that there are no nests - then those pieces at least will die and be able to be pulled out more easily later.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:25

Perhaps fortunately, the lawn can't be cut here because of the crocus leaves...

Sick Yucca

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:23

Unless it's been very warm where you are your plant is suffering from the sharp swings in temperature, and possibly wind.

Keep it indoors until the temperatures have risen considerably and it should recover.

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 10:56

Another thought that I had is a trace element deficiency?

April in Your Garden

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 10:42

Neither did I, Lorea - I think I'm just feeling the lack of the old board!

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 09:50

Are they only the old leaves that are yellowing and dropping, or is it all of them? And do you have healthy new shoots?

I'd usually consider this to be normal leaf drop in that evergreens do lose their leaves in spring, but it doesn't look quite right for that.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 09:45

That's bad news, David - I have some varieties that aren't over until May!

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