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Dying trees....

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 18:55

Zina, have a read of this factsheet which is very helpful in understanding Honey fungus.  It is a  document from the government of Guernsey but applies equally well to anywhere:

It also contains lists of both susceptible and resistant trees and shrubs which can prove very useful if you do have HF in your garden like some of us here do;  Basically you just have to live with it but can help stop it spreading by removing dead stumps and regular cultivation of soil in areas you know are affected.


Apple tree problems

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 18:39

Hi Steve,

I'd consider removing that low supported side branch completely as long as it doesn't make the tree look odd.  That short dead branch stump on it (immediately above the support post) is not good for the tree and will let in disease.  You ought to at least remove that and cut it flush with the branch as it will never heal if left like it is.

Trusted chilli seed suppliers?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 18:32

Hi Dan, no it's the person who sold you the seeds on ebay who probably grew different varieties together.  There's no problem in growing several different varieties together as long as you don't want to save the seed for next year as it's only saved seeds which might not grow plants of the same type.

Trusted chilli seed suppliers?

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 23:21

One problem with saving your own seed is that if you grow more than one variety or grow them with sweet peppers without keeping the varieties physically separated using insect screens they can cross-pollinate and the plants grown from these seeds may not be the same as the chilli fruit that they came out of.  I think that's probably why your seeds from ebay were not true to type.  I buy my chilli and pepper seeds from and they have always come true and have been as described as well as good value compared to the large seed suppliers.  They have a refreshing attitude, too.

Plant ID please

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 19:00

Dandelions can also look like that if weedkiller has been used but then they were chopped off before the root was completely dead.

Lily beetles in October!

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 18:44

Yeah, they overwinter as adults so kill on sight!  I found some rather torpid ones hiding in the leaves of my celeriac last winter, so they can probably be found almost anywhere in the garden at any time.. 

Sad Christmas Roses

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 18:39

I fully agree Will - my experiences lead me to also conclude that they are indeed fussy little beggars!

Evergreen jasmine - when to prune?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 20:10

That would make sense Bex.  Spring pruning for that jasmine-like trachelospurmum as you'll already have seen on the RHS site.

Moving Raspberries & Goosberries

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:29

When I did it, the prunings were probably from one or two year old wood.  I'd avoid the very oldest wood but I don't think it's critical.  Had to dig some rooted cuttings out as most took and I only have space for a few bushes.

Moving Raspberries & Goosberries

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:14

You may as well give yourself a bit of insurance by planting the prunings when you do that.  I find they root very easily even just sticking them (half buried) in the ground!

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