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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 13:51

Mine was a motercycle which I bought for £100 in about 1978 and sold five years later for.. £150!


Posted: 28/08/2015 at 13:48

Yes, now is ideal for magnolias, especially newly planted ones.  They don't really like being pruned but you are best doing it now rather than a few years down the line if it needs shaping.  More here from the RHS:


Manure-Lime-BFB-Gypsum-Green manure

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 13:02

BFB lasts about 6 months.  Sprinkle some every year in spring and again in late summer.  Lime is added when needed to correct acidity but on a veg plot on naturally acidic soil is usually repeated every 3 years precisely following crop rotation so that brassicas are grown in the freshly limed ground.  Gypsum can be used to help break down clay so is a one-off treatment.  Any type of manure should be replenished as a mulch once a year (usually in late autumn) and doing this will gradually improve soil structure.

mandarin tree

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 12:50

Not really but citrus trees are a bit fussy and sometimes drop leaves when they have a bit of a shock such as when being repotted or moved.  They also don't like being over-watered so don't water until the top of the compost is dry.  Once settled in they normally regrow any lost leaves.  Some good tips here:


tomato woes

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 19:47

Did you use a different compost, perhaps one which was much richer than usual?  Too much food before flowering is often the reason for this type of growth.

symbols for emotions

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 19:36
LesleyK wrote (see)

Wait till Fairy gets you Bob.  Run now


symbols for emotions

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:45
Gertie grass wrote (see)

Which is Doves' spanky one????!!

It's an animated gif DoveFromAbove sometimes uploads, like this one I might use if Fairygirl is ever naughty:

(But she won't be as she is very well behaved!)

Sideshow Bob

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:40

Is it a houseplant B3?  If so, likely Boston fern and they are runners which would take root in it's natural environment (South American jungles.)

Butternut squash- but no sign of fruit

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:22

Mine aren't doing brilliantly this year either.  Most of them only have one or two fruits.

Is this an underground weed?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:10
carol wood wrote (see)

Is it bindweed ?

That would be my guess too.  If so, you'll need to let it grow so that it has plenty of leaves, spray those leaves with a systemic weedkiller such as glyphosate and then wait until it dies down, giving time for the weedkiller to travel down to the roots.  It's a pernicious weed and some will still grow back which you will have to treat the same way.

Fingers crossed that it isn't bindweed as you'll have a battle on your hands if it is. If positively identified as this, avoid rotovating at all costs as every little piece will grow into a new plant.

Edit: just seen your photo after I posted.  Not bindweed thankfully!  Might be daylilies which can be invasive.

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