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Replacing a lawn with gravel and borders

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 12:27

It would work but the soil under the membrane will suffer and slowly deteriorate as will any plants planted through it.  You can keep the plants happy by using a liquid feed regularly but the soil will become lifeless.  Much better to put the membrane down only under the gravel and leave the borders as soil, mulching with well-rotted manure once a year in the autumn and covering with a layer of bark to keep the weeds down.  That way your plants (and essential soil organisms!) will thrive and you will have no need to use liquid feed every couple of weeks which is not really low maintenance!

Ivy question

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 12:19

A slightly bigger pot would be a good idea.  One thing you can do is raise the pot using a pot stand or similar, or even get a taller pot if you can find one which would let the ivy trail down more before it reaches the ground.  They do look very nice when allowed to do that.

plum tree

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 10:16

Brown rot is a fungus and arrives as spores carried in the air and which are always about.  How bad it gets is mainly dependent on the weather conditions so obviously little can be done about that.  However, by picking off any affected plums as soon as they are noticed and collecting and disposing of any fallen plums, you can minimise its spread.  Sometimes affected plums can dry in place and sort of glue themselves to the branches and these should be removed when noticed (often easier to see when all of the leaves drop at the end of autumn.)

Last edited: 27 August 2017 10:16:30

Grey Fungus/Mold/Mildew

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 09:51

The appearance of mildew is usually a sign of dryness at the roots.  While extra watering now may not  immediately cure the affected plant, bear this in mind for next year and be sure to water well throughout any dry periods such as the long drought many parts of the UK experienced earlier this year.

raspberries on new canes

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 12:37

There are a few gold coloured autumn fruiting varieties including 'Fall gold' and 'All gold' (a sport of Autumn bliss) and a new variety, Kiwi gold.  My guess would be 'All gold' as they've been around quite a while.

Strange gunge

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 12:29

Looks like a slime mould, possibly Arcyria ferruginea.  They feed only on dead material and are harmless to living plant tissue.  It'll probably be gone in a few days.

Last edited: 26 August 2017 12:29:34

Beginner looking to make flower bed

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 10:58

If you have clay soil I'd recommend adding 1 bag of well rotted manure (the pre-bagged stuff from garden centres and places like Wickes is perfect if you don't have local sources) per metre and rotovating or digging the chippings directly into the soil (after removing the membrane, if there is one) as this will improve drainage which all plants will appreciate.  First thing is to take a fork to it and see what the soil is like underneath.  Once prepared, lay another couple of inches of manure over the surface to keep the weeds down and the worms will take this down over the winter.  Come spring and you will have ideal conditions for planting.

If you find the path has a hardcore base, post back as that would need a different solution.

What size pot to grow melon plants

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 10:40

I'm using 50cm pots with one plant per pot and have had good results.  The fruits are nearly ripe.

Honey fungus?

Posted: 26/08/2017 at 10:36

That's not Honey fungus, which is good news for the rest of your garden.  However, any which have fungus growing on them are already rotting inside and will be too weak to be used as supports in my opinion, even if you treated them.


Posted: 22/08/2017 at 09:26

I stopped using peat pots as I found they nearly always developed fungus and now use small square plastic pots which fare much better.  PP is right though, fungus likes the same conditions that are conducive to seed germination and the rooting of cuttings.  Also worth trying a different compost.

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