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Black Slime in Grass

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 17:49

It may be a form of slime mould. Slime moulds are harmless to grass, and no treatment is necessary - you can blast them away with a jet of water, as you have been doing.

A possible cause is lack of nutrients in the soil, possibly caused by this year's heavy rain. You may well find that it vanishes next year.

Talkback: How to grow orchids

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 11:40

Water when it's dry - look at the roots around the outside of the pot. If they don't look green and vibrant, then water. You will find that it's between every 2-3 weeks.

Re-potting acers

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 11:34

As long as the area you've picked doesn't get waterlogged it should be absolutely fine. Prepare the area by digging out a hole twice the size of its pot and mix the soil with some good compost, plant at the height it was and, if it's large, give it a stake until it's had the chance to put down its roots.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 11:30

Cold and overcast here in N Yorks - and predicted to sleet/snow tonight My fuchsias will have to come in - goodness knows where I'll put them, they're still in full bloom....

Fatsia Japonica/ Hedera

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 09:28

The fatsia should re-grow once it's settled. You don't want to encourage growth now - wait until spring and give it a good feed of a nitrogen-rich fertilizer (e.g., chicken manure pellets).

Hi all having depression

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 21:01

Once you've moved and settled I'm sure that you'll feel much happier again, Linda. Who knows, you might get some nice neighbours that share your love of the wildlife and the garden.

Tidying up herbaceous plants for winter

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 20:55

I clear anything that could rot or go slimey, but leave a few stalks sticking up from each plant so I know where they are.


Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:29

It's partly a case of whatever works for you. Crocks usually help with drainage; I personally don't soak sweet peas any more as it doesn't seem to improve germination for me; and hormone rooting powder may help "difficult" plants, but most do fine without it.

storing bulbs

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 22:13

Exactly as Geoff says - bulbs are not seeds, they cannot be stored for next year. If you don't plant them out this year they will die.

Help needed........

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 17:21

I wouldn't rush to get rid of the trees - in such an open site they add height, structure and possibly provide some shelter from the wind.

Instead, think about what you want in the garden, e.g., types of shrub, bulb plantings, areas of perennials.

Then try planning it around what is already there - that will show you what might be best moved or altered. Work on paper first, though - much better to have a plan before you start stripping things away and find yourself with nothing more than mud to look at.

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