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How to inject Japanese Knotweed stems

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 09:58

Hi cc120

That is exactly what I did with a large stand of knotweed.   Puncture then inject.   

It took a couple of years to get rid of the bigger stems,  5 years on we still get the odd weedy bit appearing so i smear, with gloved hands, a strong weedkiller solution on the leaves - stems are far too thin to inject now.

my Jasmin (Trachelospermum)

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 23:32

Mine does this every year at this time.

It's forming new leaves and the older ones are yellowing / bronzing and dropping off.

In a months time it will be beautifully green again and starting to flower.

Keep it watered and fed.

Mine has chicken pellets in March then tomato feed from June.

It's 8'x8' against a west facing wall in a pretty small pot.   Probably rooted through the block paving though.

Tulip massacre!

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 12:18

Could be cats.

My neighbour has a cat that decapitates my pot grown tulips every year.   

It is a nuisance.

Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 21:17

Thanks for the feedback.

I'm picking off affected leaves and fruit daily in the hope I can salvage something approaching a crop.

One of my neighbours has dumped her plants!


In less good news the animals I believed to be water voles that live by the pond turn out to be rats. And I've been feeding them delighting in the fact we'd have lots of babies. No doubt we will!   I'm moving.


Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 19:50

Has anyone else got blight in Kent?

My two immediate neighbours and I have it.   So upsetting as I've only have half a dozen ripe Sungold toms this year.

We all grow outdoors as no space for greenhouses but don't usually suffer blight until much later in the year.

I've hundreds of tiny toms on my Sungold, Rossella plants and a fair few on the Black Russian.

Hey ho.




Posted: 10/05/2015 at 21:48

You're welcome.

Rose sawfly

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 09:09

Brilliant, thank you very much.


Posted: 09/05/2015 at 07:13

I filled it in earlier.

Rose sawfly

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 21:31

My neighbour has recently had a pretty bad attack of rose sawfly and now it's spread into my garden.

I have a run of climbing rose about 25 feet long and several shrubs dotted about the borders in my back garden.  All are showing signs with severely rolled leaves.   I don't like to use chemicals and have picked off all the affected leaves.   However they are looking pretty bare after this.   I've also sprayed with garlic barrier spray.

Couple of questions, what can I do to stop it spreading to my terrace (about 30 yards away) and my front garden (about 40 years away) plus how can I reinvigorate the large plants I've pretty much denuded.

Thank you.





Posted: 09/08/2014 at 10:42

Foe!   It's sawfly.   I strip the leaves with them on a pop on the bird feed area.


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