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crispy black edges to some of my plants' new leaves

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 21:13

I haven't got crispy black edges but my bay tree (bush) has the worse case of sooty mould I've ever seen.   It was fine last year, bit of scale insect but not a major problem.   This year, looks like it's been down the pit!   So I chopped the tops off yesterday, left the three main stems with two sprouting leaf nodes each.   So now it has two chances!

Triffid identification please!

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 12:50

Cardoon possibly.

Poorly Rose

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:24

Might be blackspot.   Is the mottling dark?

My patio rose suffers terribly from it but with a good feed, and always picking affected leaves off, survives and flowers well every year.

seeds not germinated

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 21:44

Where are you Debbie?

If anywhere near Kent, cheltenham, Norwich, I have morning glory seedlings and aquilegia coming out of my ears.   Happy to pass on.

Is there a PM facility on here?


Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 21:28

I planted seeds outdoors in October and have my first picking this week.   Plants are very vigorous and healthy.

Spring sown are still way behind.


Amaryllis - any help welcome

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 20:15

I'm far from an expert but did manage to get last year's to flower again this.

If the bulb has split I'd pot them up seperately, give them a good feed and water.   They don't need to go into massive pots.

Mine are outside now and will stay out until end of Sept (subject to early frosts) then I cut off the foliage, take them out of their posts removing compost.   Then pop them into a dry dark cupboard for about 10 weeks.   Pot up and wait for more blooms.   

I did find that the smaller bulb I split off last year didn't flower this but has bulked up so you may habe to wait for flowers.


Overwintered runner bans

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 21:31

I overwintered some in my shed, in the same way I did my dahlia tubers.   Was clearing the shed today and found then having completely forgotten about them.   They have completely white shoots, but shoots nonetheless.

I read last year thy could be saved but the crop wasn't great.  So, I shall plant them once they've greened up and compare to my properly grown ones.   

Figrat, are you going to let them carry on?

Gardeners World Live

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 09:45

Is anyone going to the NEC for the show?   I've been for the last 3 years and love it.

However I would prefer it to be just gardeneing and not food.


B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 09:42

Sorry, hit return too early.   Beechgrove are doing interesting trials of compost.

Most recent show, available on iplayer, has initial results.

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 09:39
Thwaites3 wrote (see)

Compost seems to get worse every year.   Having had trouble with Levingtons MPC (I complained to them but was told their compost was good and only contained permitted recycled material) I tried J.Arthur Bowers last year.   It was terrible!  Useless.   Had the worst crop of tomatoes I have ever had.

This year tried Levingtons again (all I could get locally).   Says on bag "Levingtons MPC with added John Innes.  Enriched with recycled material"  Besides the usual old roots (some still growing) it contained bits of plastic and wood and lots of small gravel.  I have already lost two lots of tomato plants in it this year.

I make my own compost but have to use bought as well as my soil is heavy clay.  I am 77 and have been gardening since a child so I do not think I am a novice.

Yes, I think we need a champion to take up our cause - someone like Alan Titchmarsh.

I'm a Thwaites too!   Hello .   Not that many of us about.

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