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honey fungus

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 22:05

The mushrooms are merely the fruiting bodies - the main body of the fungus lives inside dead wood and spreads by rhizomorphs in the soil (which look like boot laces, hence the common name of 'bootlace fungus'.)  There used to be a chemical called armillotox which was sometimes used but it is now illegal to use that (or Jeyes fluid) for soil sterilization.  That's probably a good thing as they also destroy all of the 'goodies' in the soil and eradication of Honey fungus was never really proven. 

More information in this factsheet:


Allium leaf miner

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 21:55

I had the same problem on my leeks in January earlier this year (in Leics).  No sign of them on this year's crop (yet) but I suspect the mild winter we had last year was as much to blame as anything and I'm hoping for a few good hard frosts to kill the miners as well as a host of other pests.  Environmesh should work but I'll be taking a season off from growing leeks if this crop is also affected.  I also wonder if the increasing number of decorative alliums being grown nowadays is providing enough extra host plants to cause an explosion in numbers of this pest.  Probably a combination of climate change and that.

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 21:33

Last 24h in my garden from the wireless weather station:

Last of the dahlias now turned black.

honey fungus

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 21:22

Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for Honey fungus and there are no chemical treatments available.  You need to remove the stump and all roots, having them ground out if the dead tree was a large one - HF requires a home of dead wood to spread from, so you need to remove its 'home base'.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Singing the praises of

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 21:17

This is my Arctotis 'Red Devil', photo taken earlier this month.  I bought it September 2013 and planted it in a raised bed in spring this year and it has flowered non-stop since.  Looking slightly the worse for wear now but still in flower and may well survive in the bed if we have another mild winter.

Excellent performance!


Help Please.

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 00:32

Hi Mike, try clearing your web browser cache (aka temporary internet files) as this has been reported in the past as fixing issues with this site's smilies.  These instructions are for Internet Explorer 11:


Primula Auricula

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 22:04

If you want to expand the number of types you have, possibly the widest range available are at Woottens plants - use the plant finder under P, pages 7 to 16.  I was amazed that there were so many!


Posted: 22/11/2014 at 15:54

Just back from my mums after having to replace a TV aerial cable which was routed behind fitted wardrobes..   Mum now happy and can watch TV in bed again.

There was just enough light left to lift a really thuggish agapanthus and a mass of montbretia which had intermingled with it - a solid 3ftx3ftx1ft of tangled roots now chopped to bits and stuck in pile to hopefully get frosted and rot - and good riddance to both! 

It took the last of my own compost to fill the hole plus two 70l bags of MPC but I planted 30 rather lovely red tulips at the bottom of the hole first and a layer of winter crocus before placing the final layer of compost on, so looking forward to those.

Same again needed tomorrow - I'll be slightly sad to see another agapanthus go but glad when those bloody montbretia are just a dim memory - they are nasty hoodlums in my garden.  The agapanthus are ones I grew from seeds from a Headborne hybrid in the front garden so no great loss.  I think I'll get some of the more delicate types... and keep them in pots!



Posted: 22/11/2014 at 10:23

Nope, I get no ads of any kind with IE 11 Dove because I use this:

Together with Easy List Tracking Protection List (TPL) so the usual big web operators (Amazon et al) aren't bombarding me with emails trying to sell me stuff from pages I have visited either.  

Broccoli - whats eating it?

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 18:52

Use the green tree icon and upload photos directly from your own computer.

It can take quite a while.

BBcode won't work here.

Embedded links to externals image hosting sites often don't work.  You can't upload images from phones.

BTW, it's woodpigeons that are`eating your broccoli as I can see from the picture you uploaded on your first post.

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