BobTheGardener


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Manure

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 19:03

I've used over a hundred bags of this brand and they do occasionally smell when they have been in the sun, which makes the bacteria which break down organic matter become active.  Nothing to worry about.  Ammonia is part of the smell, is a natural product of rotting down and is used to make high-nitrate fertilizer.   In fact, I've used it straight out of the bag mixed 50/50 with MPC to grow squashes and aubergines this year with no ill effects on the plants.


Yes, late autumn is good.

Unhappy grapevine!

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 01:00

That looks like typical powdery mildew damage with one clue being the split fruits.  Because you haven't regularly pruned the vine, it is growing too much foliage for the roots to support and therefore isn't getting enough water.  This, together with the overcrowded foliage which restricts the flow of air creates perfect conditions for powdery mildew to thrive.  Being in a pot is exasperating the situation.  It probably needs a good feed too.


I would cut it right back this winter and research pruning methods.  They are tough plants and will survive a severe hacking back as long as you do it well before growth starts in the spring, otherwise it will bleed to death. Late November is ideal.  Correct pruning is essential if you want a healthy vine and  lots of fruit.


Start with the RHS site for basic info.


Diseases:
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=569


Pruning:
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=284


Given the location against a wall, you should probably use the rod and spur pruning system:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=286


I'm sure you will be able to nurse it back to health though. 

Last edited: 08 September 2016 01:05:16

Seedling id please

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 19:00

Verbena bonariensis seedlings look very similar to those.

AT LAST! A SOLUTION FOR WORM CASTS???

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 18:55

ID please

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 19:32

I think it might be a not-very-happy Forsythia.

What did you learn from your garden this year?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 18:52

Indeed it is Verdun!

Yellow Gardeners Delight

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 18:46

Mine from Mr Fothergills were normal too.  I grew the whole 'sun' range of cherry types this year and they've all done well.  Best flavoured are Sunpeach, Suncherry Premium and Suncherry Smile - all sweet but not overly so and packed with 'proper' tomato flavour. 


I also grew Gardener's Ecstasy from Realseeds - and my delight did indeed turn to ecstasy when I tasted the first one - a definite improvement on the old standard.

Last edited: 06 September 2016 18:49:22

What did you learn from your garden this year?

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 18:37

All I've learnt this year is that I never learn!  I find doesn't matter anyway as you can be as sure as eggs is eggs that the weather (or beasties) will put paid to any well laid out gardening plans no matter how experienced you are.

Shall I carry on with these seedlings?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 18:57

Pot them on into bigger pots - I overwinter young delphiniums in 15cm pots and plant them out when I start to see a substantial amount of growth in the spring.  This also makes it easier to protect against slugs which is almost impossible for small delphiniums planted in the ground.

Last edited: 05 September 2016 18:59:15

Wild cherry tree recent transplant (please help)

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 18:50

Probably not enough water.  It's often the case that potted trees can't take in enough water from the surrounding soil until they have grown some new roots which will take a few months.  I'd give it a bucketful every couple of days from now until the rest of the trees in your area have naturally lost all of their leaves.


You should also really keep an area of at least a couple of feet diameter clear of grass around the trunk.  Grass is a very hungry plant and will out-compete the tree for water and food.

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