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Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 16:43

The house opposite me put theirs up two weeks ago!  I must admit they are very pretty and tastefully done though.

ph levels

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 13:29

That will work but might be impractical for a large area and soil will generally revert to its natural pH over time, so regular mulching with more EC would be necessary.  It's not far off neutral, so most plants would be ok but if you want to grow acid lovers (eg blueberries) then containers or raised beds with EC are the best bet I find.

Chilli plant has buds?

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 13:24

There's unlikely to be enough light at this time of the year for the plant to be able to set and grow fruit, daisy, even though you seem to have it indoors so it will be warm enough.  There's a good chance it will survive through this winter though and if it does, re-pot it to a slightly larger pot in spring and I'm sure you'll have a good crop next summer.

Camera Corner

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 13:18

Hi all, this one (taken with a Canon DSLR camera attached to my telescope) seems quite seasonal to me.  It is of three of the main stars in the Pleiades, more commonly known as the Seven Sisters.  These stars are passing through a cloud of gas and dust which reflects the blue light from these very hot, young stars.  The star in the centre is known as Merope which illuminates the gas around it called the Merope nebula:

Schefflera dying off

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 10:40

I find cuttings take well in a 50/50 mixture of grit or sharp sand and multi purpose compost.  Mine was about 4ft tall but was rather leggy, so cut it down to 6" and then chopped the removed stem into 6" pieces and buried each half way into pots filled with the 50/50 mixture.  Nearly all of them rooted on a windowsill and the original plant sprouted shoots from the 6" stump that remained.

PS: I agree that they do need good light.

dwarf raspberries

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 19:11

I agree with Verdun.  If I were to grow only one type of raspberry, it would have to be Polka, a wonderful autumn variety.

Carrot problem

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 19:07

I would say it look more like carrot fly:

Bad news either way.

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 00:19

Removed two agapanthus and every bit of montbretia I could find last weekend.  Looking forward to planting new things that won't now get their roots throttled by those thugs!

honey fungus

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 22:05

The mushrooms are merely the fruiting bodies - the main body of the fungus lives inside dead wood and spreads by rhizomorphs in the soil (which look like boot laces, hence the common name of 'bootlace fungus'.)  There used to be a chemical called armillotox which was sometimes used but it is now illegal to use that (or Jeyes fluid) for soil sterilization.  That's probably a good thing as they also destroy all of the 'goodies' in the soil and eradication of Honey fungus was never really proven. 

More information in this factsheet:


Allium leaf miner

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 21:55

I had the same problem on my leeks in January earlier this year (in Leics).  No sign of them on this year's crop (yet) but I suspect the mild winter we had last year was as much to blame as anything and I'm hoping for a few good hard frosts to kill the miners as well as a host of other pests.  Environmesh should work but I'll be taking a season off from growing leeks if this crop is also affected.  I also wonder if the increasing number of decorative alliums being grown nowadays is providing enough extra host plants to cause an explosion in numbers of this pest.  Probably a combination of climate change and that.

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