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Posted: 11/10/2014 at 14:48

I agree, remove the lid.  Cuttings take well with bottom heat (ie warm soil in the pot) but the humid, warm and still air inside a closed propagator lid will only encourage moulds and other diseases.

Fungus in the grass

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 21:08

I forgot to mention, slime moulds are completely harmless to your lawn and it will disappear as rapidly as it came.  It is NOT a disease of any kind and may even be beneficial as they consume bacteria and fungal spores.  

Fungus in the grass

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 20:53

It'll be a slime mould Mark:

Fascinating things - lots of info. via google!



Posted: 10/10/2014 at 19:02

Hi Peter, yes you can and many if not most commercially grown grapevines are grafted.  Bud grafting is often used and there's some helpful photo's of that on this site:

Google "how to graft grape vines" for a huge amount of information and some videos showing the process.  Late Summer would be the best time and, above all, avoid cutting into vines in early Spring before the leaves appear as they will bleed profusely which can lead to their death.


Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:46

Or make your own using hardwood dowels, a saw and a sharp chisel.   This place supplies them and a 2.4m long 1" diameter Ash (good for tool shafts) dowel would cost you 12.54 inc VAT (plus delivery.)  Just picked at random from a google search:



making new fruit trees

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 18:57

As you have already cut them you could try potting them up in a 50/50 mixture of grit and compost then put them somewhere sheltered for a few months and see if anything happens in Spring.  The most successful way would be to graft them onto a rootstock but that's rather tricky and assumes you have a spare rootstock to hand or could get one quickly (unlikely.)  Whatever you try, you need to do it immediately or they'll just die.  I honestly don't think there's much chance of success with rooting the cuttings (aka scions) but why not give it a go?

Tree problems.

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 18:43

Not a good sign for the poplar Philippa.  Most fungi can only grow on dead matter.  Having said that, a tree can lose the vast majority of its heartwood (which is dead anyway) and still survive for hundreds more years although when that happens it becomes structurally weak and prone to being toppled by the wind.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 18:33

Didn't see all that many here (Leics) but certainly not absent.  Not spotted any nests though, or large females looking for places to overwinter.

I thought everyone in the UK agreed about where 'the divide' occurs now;  There's Westminster and everywhere else.

Last years Garlic as this years seed ?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 00:42

Agree - viruses and rusts can build-up if you keep replanting your own cloves, which are really just clones of the original one so carry any infection.

Weeds or flowers?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 00:31

I'd get rid of the Wood Avens (no redeeming features and invasive) and Vetch (also invasive)  Don't know what the first one is, perhaps Leucanthemum seedlings so would keep until it grows enough to be recognised.  Doesn't look like a weed.

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