London (change)
Thu 23°C / 16°C
Tomorrow 27°C / 19°C

blighty mam

Latest posts by blighty mam


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 22:26

Hate gardening+like grass=artificial grass.



french beans yellow leaves

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 09:45

Mine have done the same - gorgeous healthy young plants from seed in my greenhouse and they've gone yellow in the allotment. Same has happened to my runner beans. I am beginning to suspect the soil quality. Beans seem to like easily draining soil and also I have been adding some nitrogen and see if it helps - lack of nitrogen can cause the yellowing too.  Good luck with yours.



Is my cherry dying?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 09:39

May I ask if you've been snipping away at your tree recently? Cheery trees are one of the few trees that you shouldn't prune until mid summer. They hate it and can cause bacterial probs. 

Advice needed - weeds!

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 23:02

Depends if you want to use weedkiller or not? Some folk don't mind using it, some do.
I personally would use weedkiller simply because of the grass and what looks like bindweed (that's a horror to get rid of.. sorry to be such a bringer of doom!). Going back to the grass, it could be one of those grasses that will regrow if you leave a small bit of root in the soil, like couch grass. Good news is that glyphosate works very well on that, but it will pretty much kill any other plant it gets onto, so got to be careful! The other handy thing about glyphosate is that you can replant in a week or two without worrying about your new plants when you put them back in.


Enjoy your new home and garden


Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:54

The ants are most probably moving some aphids in your tree. You could try one of these:

I put one on my young cherry tree as it was covered with aphids and ants last year. So far so good!  At least it won't bother your pond.

Any tips to reduce the ant population?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 00:07

Edd, I find that Obelixx isn't wrong. There's a bit of both - ant's have been known to carry young aphids to plants. Certainly true in my garden, I rarely had aphids but I had a lot of ants. My aphid problem has gone out of control in just a couple of years, and I do think it's because of help from the ants.



Novice Gardener - Weed Identification Please

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 22:54

Very very hard to get rid of. I have a lot of it on my allotment and glyphosate has yet to touch it and have applied it 3 times so far, and the first time I sprayed it last year I also covered it with weed fabric for the winter but it still survived.  I have read tho it can be killed using glyphosate eventually, it just takes a lot of applications.
I have also been recently digging it up, the roots are a nightmare, and the few pieces I have missed are already resprouting. I dug over my beds the other day (2 weeks on from really clearing it) and found a few bits regrowing deep under the soil. The bits I missed were small too.

i guess time, patience and determination will eventually mean you will win! Best of luck!

neighbours fence

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 22:47

If the wall is on his land and it's his wall, I guess not. Have you talked to him about it? seems strange that he wants to rebuild it - I wonder if it's damaged?

Runner beans -slug midnight feast!

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 18:34

Thanks Logan! I did think of nematodes, but thought that it may be a waste of time in such a large area (allotment), tho am quite tempted to use them in my garden. Those things are quite expensive too and not 100% reliable. Mind you, nothing seems to be reliable!

Runner beans -slug midnight feast!

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 09:33

Thankyou, top tips! Really good ideas, thankyou   I shall try the bottles when the next runners come up, and my other half who's a dab hand at building things has offered to do the battery wire for me - he sounded quite pleased actually! I am lucky to have someone in my life who loves making things!

Thanks again, I feel like I may just win this battle of the slimey horrors!!  Cheers too for the tip over checking the roots, never would've thought of that.

Discussions started by blighty mam

Allotments and creatures.

Replies: 14    Views: 411
Last Post: 24/06/2015 at 07:37

onion white rot

Replies: 8    Views: 257
Last Post: 24/06/2015 at 16:08

Runner beans -slug midnight feast!

Replies: 10    Views: 579
Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 18:08

Allotment advice

Replies: 5    Views: 540
Last Post: 24/04/2015 at 23:18

Dahlia Bishop's Children

Not flowering 
Replies: 10    Views: 859
Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 19:55

No nice, cute grannie tat in my garden....

Just for fun! 
Replies: 14    Views: 621
Last Post: 04/06/2014 at 20:24

White limestone discolour?

Replies: 7    Views: 2487
Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 00:28


Saprophytic fungi 
Replies: 13    Views: 1379
Last Post: 09/05/2014 at 13:17
8 threads returned