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Posted: 15/11/2015 at 16:11

Yes Gertie, comfrey has huge roots which need to go down very deep - not one for a pot I'm afraid.  As an aside, it is comfrey's ability to root deeply which enables it to draw up trace elements from deep in the soil and helps make it such a valuable plant for making liquid feed.  Some of those trace elements are often depleted in topsoil as they have been used up by shallow-rooted plants.

What kind of climber support?

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 14:39

If you have room, it's worth putting in extra 50x50mm posts a few inches away from the fence and then making trellis panels, each framed with 35x25mm timber to fix to the posts.  That way you can replace fence panels when you need to without the hassle of detaching the plants/trellis.  Definitely wire and vine eyes for brick walls though.

Nice job there Fairygirl and I agree about making your own trellis - stronger, longer lasting and usually prettier than those normally available which often have holes too large (15x15cm) for my taste - I prefer about 10x10cm.


Posted: 15/11/2015 at 14:27

Strebordale, yes - dig up as much root as possible (you won't get it all as it can go down a metre or more), plant in the new hole and it will grow again in spring.  It is virtually indestructible.  It will almost certainly appear again in the old position from pieces of root you missed but if you keep pulling it up it as soon as it appears, it will eventually give up.

I've moved comfrey this way several times in my garden.



Posted: 10/11/2015 at 22:25

I agree.  Peel the layers off, one by one and see if you find any small brown/black pupae buried inside which will confirm that it's allium leaf minor rather than leek moth.

Had an attack a couple of years ago about this time of the year but didn't get the problem last year.  Crop rotation and/or covering with fleece from mid September are the only controls.

What on earth is going on with my apple tree.

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 22:26

I think I recently heard that there are approximately ten times more fungi species than there are plant species which makes the mind boggle!  There could be as many as five million!

Don't be scaredy cat.....

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 22:18

Nice one Tootsietim.  I'll go a bit further and say honeysuckle in general.  Mine grow far too quickly, reaching for the sky and leaving a mess of bare stems for the first 6 feet.  When they are cut back they look good for a season but flowers are then few and far between.  I also realised this year that I hardly even noticed the scent either. Coming out!  I can get in two or three more clematis now.

What on earth is going on with my apple tree.

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 22:06

Definitely not Honey fungus Lesley.

The vast majority of fungi found in the garden do only live on dead matter.  In fact, fungi are one of a very few things which break-down woody matter and release the nutrients back into the soil for other plants to use.  They are really gardeners' friends.  The mites will disappear once the tree and fungus (their food source) has gone and are incapable of eating anything else, so no worries there either.

What on earth is going on with my apple tree.

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 20:49

The white jelly-like things are a fungus which is living off the now dead bark.  The tiny insects will be fungus mites which are living off the fungus.

Chilli plants - white specks

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 19:09

Try this, which is often the only way to get rid of a bad pest problem on indoor plants and avoids using potentially harmful pesticides:

  • Pop the pot in a plastic bag and tie the top around the stem.  The idea is to stop any grit and soil from falling out into the water.
  • Fill a bucket with cold water and add a squirt of washing-up liquid.
  • Invert the plant and plunge it into the water, giving it a swish about for a few minutes.

The detergent will break the surface tension of the water and the aphids/thrips etc will drown.  You may have to repeat the process in a week or two if any eggs remained stuck to the leaves and have since hatched.


Advice on a nut tree

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 16:26

Yes but the squirrels get most of them from my tree!  I think I'll plant a purple leaved filbert next time, so I'll at least have the leaves left to admire! 

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