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Latest posts by Berghill

What is wrong with my apple tree?

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 21:22

Closer picture would help, but yes it could be Brown Rot. Collect up and dispose of any fruit affected, especially the ones which fall. The spores come from them to re-infect the tree. There are no Fungicides for amateur use, but, if you can get it, copper sulphate sprayed on the bark from early Spring can help. Also make sure that air can circulate round the trees, that also helps.

spring onions

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 15:46

Great, but we cannot get Red onions seed to germinate either. Very odd as I also grow a lot of different ornamental onions and usually get 100% germination, 'tis only the edible ones which will not grow. And, yes I have tried every suggestion ever made in every Veg growing handbook and on the Interweb thingy. Cannot even get them to germinate in petrie dishes in agar jelly.

Anemone de Caen

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 15:43

If you look very carefully at the corms, you should see a small lump (bit like a tine volcanic cone) in the centre ish of one side. That is the top of the corm. Not that it really matters, I more often than not plant them on their sides. Won't have many this year, seomething has dug the up and eaten them and they were beginning to make neice, self seeding clumps too.


Posted: 08/01/2013 at 12:32

Agree with Selfsewn, they can be a terrible thug. They are in the hedgerow alongside our garden so we can never be rid of them. Painful to pull out too.

Old Compost

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 12:28

Don't do it if you had Blight though, or at least, don't use the compost in areas where you are going to grow potatoes or tomatoes.

A mild annoyance

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 17:57

I use peat free stuff and most places do not stock the one I prefer. I think I would be even more unpopular with my wife if I started putting soil in her microwave. And even sifted from this garden is likley to contain metal. You ain't seen our soil!

Used to sterilise the soil with the flame gun, but that stopped working a long time ago. Now been turned into a 'dragon' sculpture by my son in law.

If I get really desperate I will germinate the seeds in petrie dished in the 'fridge.

A mild annoyance

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 12:22

Today I used up the last of last years Potting compost. There are a fair number of seeds which need cold to aid germination, so I sow them about now and put the pots outside for the weather to work its magic. Great, except that none of the local garden centres have got their stock of Compost in yet. Makes life a little difficult.


Posted: 06/01/2013 at 21:18

H foetidus is the native one and I do the same. H. argutifolius is another one where I pull out the older plants after they have seeded around.

Cannot hwelp with niger, it refuses to grow for us too. I did get seed from one a few years back and grew dozens of babies. I tried them all over the garden, none survived.

sanity in need of restoring

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 20:41

We have removed over 30 tons of rubbish from this garden over the last 18 years. and this morning I noticed that on top of one of the moles hills was a piece of house brick, a broken scent bottle and the plastic handle from a child's cowboy gun, all fairly normal for our soil I hasten to add.

Sorry, Bill, but leaving a garden in that state is not uncommon. The advice given is sound. I would also add that slow and steady, bit at a time is better than killing yourself trying to do it all in one go. After all, gardening is supposed to be a pleasure, not a backbreaking chore which leads you to hate doing it at all.


Posted: 06/01/2013 at 20:35

The leaf removal only applies to H, orientalis and its hybrids, you should only remove dead or dying leaves from the other types, especially H. niger and the evergreen ones.

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