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Latest posts by blairs

Red dogwood

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 23:11

Cut them back, you need to cut back red dogwood to keep the red colour anyway, and they are all the better for it.


Posted: 04/07/2012 at 10:50

Mine is in a north facing situ and is fine. Perhaps the soil is too damp or compacted? You can amend it. Defo not south facing, that makes them woody and lanky and ugly.

Sickly plants ? Try asprin.

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 10:47

Worth a try. I have a few plants looking sad, think it is too much rain though!


Conifer Trouble

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 10:46

I was thinking salt poisoning - from salting the driveway when icey, or run off salt from roads, or wind damage or both.

Talkback: Slug-proof plants

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 16:05

A problem this year is the wet weather and mild winter has created perfect slug conditions, so there are a lot more of them. I have found them eating lots of slug proof plants this year - Hellebores, Mahonia, Eunonymous and etc. Best pick them out at dusk with tweezers as others have said.

Talkback: Parakeets

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 15:59
Also a problem in Europe. You see them in Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. I suppose they have novelty value for many.

Acer problems

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 22:39
Alina W wrote (see)

Because acers naturally grow under trees in leaf litter, a myth has developed that they need ericaceous soil. They will grow in ericaceous soil, but don't need it to thrive.

Quite true! I use compost from my garden but do give an ericauous feed when I can remember to do so which is not that often.

Acer problems

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 10:01

The wind of earlier in the year when the young leaves were emerging did not help but I think a few of mine suffered the same fate as yours due to the heavy rain. It compacted the soil enough that it stayed wet for ages and caused root problems. I removed mine from their pots, loosened the soil, added a small amount of fertiliser and am hoping ther their reserve leaves emerge. I scratched the trunk and they are still green underneath - so do the same. Even if no new leaves come out this year I would wait to see if they emerge next, so keep watering and looking after them.


chickens and slug pellets

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 19:42

Mmm. I use pellets and they work great on stopping slugs eating my plants. From what I have read the side effects of birds and animals eating poisoned slugs is negligible-they would have to eat 10K slugs a day to get the same toxicity. But I would factor in what you do with the chickens. If it is eggs only then no worries, eating them then I would be more weary.

bolting onions

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 20:17

The only problem with bolted onions is that they do not store - they use all their energy to make flowers. One of the main reasons fro bolting is disturbed roots - moving them or too dry/wet. Leave them till the bulb is of useable size and you will not have lost out.

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