Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Privet Hedge

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:16

Because they are young plants, it might just be the time of the year.  Privet often doesn't become fully evergreen until it is well established and a few years old.  A photo might help too, if you can post one?


Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:04

Bark will take years to break down and doesn't add any nutrient value to the soil.  I would use pre-bagged well rotted farmyard manure.  This will add a huge amount of nutrients to your soil and breaks down very easily - the worms will do that for you.

Hedge recommendations

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 11:47

Yew is reportedly immune to HF and would make a very dense evergreen hedge if you want to retain that aspect GD.  It is rather slow growing though and I'm not sure how well it would do in your Guernsey climate.  BTW, the link above is from your own government site so should be particularly relevant. 

Hedge recommendations

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 11:16

There is another useful list in this Honey fungus factsheet (Adobe pdf):

Pruning Buddleia

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 11:06

Buddleia are extremely robust as far as pruning goes and I would have no worries about cutting it back now, Arlene.  You could cut it back to about 3ft tall and then cut back further in the spring to low shoots.  I've even cut mine right back to the ground not caring if I lost it but it came back and put on 2m of growth in a single season!

Country cottage garden

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 11:01

You're doing a great job there slum - welcome to the forum!

Fungus identification and solution

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 22:20

Nearly all fungus is beneficial and is the only thing which can break down dead woody matter in the soil into nutrients which plants can use, so is generally nothing to worry about.  The few fungi which can cause damage to plants are normally only found in the ground and don't infect compost in pots.  I would just repot the plant and shake off as much of the old compost as you can as it has already done it's job.

Privet hedge help

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 18:28

Privet is pretty bomb-proof when it comes to pruning.  It will soon sprout new shoots, even directly from the thick wood.  An old gardening saying is 'growth follows the knife' meaning pruning actually encourages strong growth so don't worry as it will grow rapidly now but probably not until the spring.

Why didn't my apricot flower or fruit?

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 15:40

Pansy may be right.  My peach (which is usually extremely reliable) also set no fruit whatsoever last year.  There was also some rotten cold wet weather when the tree was blooming and there were no bees about at all which wouldn't have helped.

Cherry laurel ... too close to the house?

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 14:15

How far away from the house is it?  Can you post a photo?

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