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Tree dropping leaves since June

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 19:06

Looks like a cherry of some type.  I suspect that all that paving so close to the base of the trunk means is isn't getting enough water down to the roots.  You probably need to give it a really good soaking at least once a week from late spring to autumn.

blackcurrant propogation

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 18:52

I would remove most of the leaves to prevent the cuttings drying out which should give them a better chance.


Posted: 07/07/2015 at 18:48

Is it planted in the ground or in a pot?  Two things blueberries absolutely must have are an acid soil and water - never letting them dry out completely is crucial, especially when they are carrying flowers or fruit.  Feed them with an ericacious liquid food diluted with rainwater rather than tap water.

Please would you kindly identify and advise?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 21:17

I think your analysis is spot-on.  I would snip off the browned flowers as the bush may grow more to replace them.

Few flowers on tomotoes

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 21:14

Fishy, if the flowers aren't pollinated before they fall, tomatoes don't develop.  This often happens on the lower trusses as they formed earlier in the season when it may have been too cold for pollination to occur.  If you normally pinch out the top of the plants after (say) 5 trusses, don't count any of those lower trusses which have no fruit on them.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 18:38

Not strictly a garden photo but just been treated to the sight of a beautiful double rainbow:


How to take Rose Cuttings

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 18:22

Usually, take hardwood cuttings in Autumn.  This is a piece of stem with no soft growth at the top (ie you cut that off.)  You need a piece of stem with all leaves removed about 10 inches long and which is about the thickness of a pencil.  Best to take several as not all will take root.  I dig a narrow trench about 8 inches deep and line the bottom with a two inch layer of sharp sand then place the cuttings in vertically so that about 4 inches protrude above the ground (making sure they are the right way up!)  It's then just a matter of waiting and if you have been lucky, new shoots will appear in spring or summer.  Leave them in the trench for at least a year by which time those which are still alive should have produced roots strong enough to be transplanted to where you want them to live permanently.  It's very hit-and-miss as to whether it works though.


Making own softsoap

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 18:12

2 or 3 drops in a 1 litre hand sprayer is ample.  All the soap does is break the surface tension of the water so that the aphids are covered by a thin layer of water which suffocates them.  The soap serves no other purpose (ie it doesn't act as a poison) so adding more is only likely to damage your plants.

Weed Fabric Control

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 17:57

Tina, when I covered my front drive in slate chippings, I put down a layer of weed control fabric and a second layer of ground control fabric (which is stronger) on top of that to protect the weed fabric from the sharp edges of the stones.  The reason I did this is that I previously found that gravel punctures weed control fabric when that is used on its own.  The stuff I used came from screwfix and is working extremely well.


Tomatoe Plants

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 17:30

Some of the large fruited varieties do this and you get a larger, sometimes very distorted fruit from that flower.  It may be caused by fasciation or is believed to be natural in some varieties and is called the 'king' flower and produces a 'king' fruit.




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