Berghill


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Allium

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 13:37

Sow the seed fresh. It germinates better straight from the plant rather than being dried off.


Cover lightly with grit, gravel or whatever rather than compost.


Sow in a deep pot rather than a seed tray (reasons later).


Leave exposed to weather. They need a period of cold followed by warmth to initiate germination.


When (if?) they germinate do not be in a hurry to p rick them out. This is the reason for deep pot rather than seed tray. They have only one root to begin with and if it is damaged, it dies and a new one has to be produced from the base of the seedling. usually they die.


Feed the seed pot with dilute Baby Bio type stuff, until the leaves go yellow then allow the pot to dry off.


Repotting may be done when they are dormant. Some types never really go dormant so be careful.


I often do not repot until they have had another seasons growth. Remember many of them actually grow in late winter/early spring.

What is it?

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 13:31

No, cutworms . They will eat the roots of whatever plant they are under.

Japanese Anenome

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 17:57

Snap! Just about managed to get rid of it from one place by leaving the soil empty for the last 6 years and putting Roundup on it every time a leaf appeared.

Name of this anenome

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 20:35

Wish they would die on us. Been pouring weed killer on these thugs for the last 20 years and still they come up and kill everything else in their path. Be wartned

Vine Weevil?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 16:49

Er, now this is just a personal opinion, but I would not bother putting Provado on the garden soil as such. It does have a bad effect on bees and is absorbed into plant tissue so that the bees take in the poison when they collect pollen and or nectar.


I have found that  vine weevil grubs do far less damage in the garden than they do in pots. they tend  to eat in straight lines in the soil rather than going round and round as they do in a pot.


Rarely have found a completely rootless plant in the garden only pot grown ones.


I only use Provado on plants which have no flowers on and are not likely to flower until the following season when hopefully the poison has dissipated.

Apples-anyone recognise this problem (pics)

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 16:45

The fruit is still edible once peeled, as long as the marks have not penetrated too far.

ID please

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 08:54

Could well be Physocarpus opulifolius Diabolo or Lady in Red.

Vine Weevil?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 15:15

The Old compost contained an organo-phosphate poison called Suscon Green (rather nasty stuff for humans.) The new thing is a fungus which works in much the same way as the nematodes.

Vine Weevil?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 14:26

Well, it becomes needful for someone to do it. I found an adult in my Alpine house last night walking all over the collection of Saxifrages (along with half a dozen slugs).


There is a possibility that a compost will be on sale soon which contains a fungus which attacks and kills the larva. It is already available in the Netherlands. The fungus itself is available to Nursery persons here, but how many use it I do not know.

Please help me identify this

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 14:16

Now I reckon that that was a Phytolaca americana plant.

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