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privet and toad stools

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 14:16

I agree, it does look like it.  It might have come in with the log-roll edging.  As Honey fungus needs dead wood as a 'home base', I would suggest removing all of the log roll and regularly digging that area over as this will break up the rhizomorphs and might stop it spreading.  You should dig-out that dead privet and try and remove all of its roots.  If you find any black 'bootlace' looking things in the soil while you are doing it, that would confirm Honey fungus.

Autumn raspberry leaves

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 00:00

Definitely sawfly damage isn't it Steve.  From a previous thread, it is probably the small raspberry sawfly (Priophorus morio) although there's not much info. on it.

This is really a scientific database so not much use to us gardeners:



Pulled My Spuds - Wash or Dry ?

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 17:59

I have the same problem with some of mine NewBoy2.  They will store for a while but are far more prone to rot.  I put the ones with no holes at the bottom of the sack and the holey ones at the top so they get used first.

Most of the varieties I now grow have good slug resistance - Kestrel were untouched this year so I recommend those if you have a lot of slug damage.  Also the Pink Fir Apple (which I lifted today) are completely hole-free but are small and knobbly so a bit of a pain to use in the kitchen although worth it as they taste fantastic!

Hedge disease

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 16:34

It looks like it might be a beech hedge if that helps.  I agree with pansyface that regular watering and feeding are necessary in that size container.

Edit:  Ideally, you should use a John Innes No. 3 formula compost for permanent plantings like a hedge, so I would recommend that you remove the MP compost you have added and replace with JI #3, if you can.  If not, don't worry as the MP will certainly help.  Each year, sprinkle a couple of handfuls of fish, blood and bone fertiliser per trunk in early spring and gently tickle it in with a hand fork.  Keep up with the watering and the hedge should regain its health and the pests and diseases should go away without needing to resort to pesticides and fungicides.

Drainage for Plant Box

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 15:05

As`always Fairygirl!   Perhaps it's like a kind of convergent evolution - we gardeners have the same problems and so come up with similar solutions?   

Pulled My Spuds - Wash or Dry ?

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 15:01

Just leave them to dry for a few hours and then store them in a paper or hessian sack somewhere cool, dry and preferably dark or at least shaded from direct sunlight.  Check every week and remove any which show signs of mould.  Don't wash them as this will shorten their storage life!

unknowns plants

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:57

Clematis need deep soil and are hungry and thirsty plants, Tony.  Is there a good depth of soil where it is planted?  It will need soil at least a foot deep and if that isn't the case, I'd recommend moving it to elsewhere in your garden.  You can buy specialist clematis feed at garden centres or sprinkle fish, blood and bone around the base in early spring. 

Some chrysanth's are very late flowerers but there is still time left. However, there are a lot of types and some need special treatment and are rather fussy.  If they don't flower this year then they may be a type which need mollycoddling - see here:


Black fly and Ants on My Bean Stem

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:47

Yes, ants do 'farm' aphids;  They move young ones to new growth and protect them from attack!  When aphids suck the sap of plants, there is too much sugar for them to digest and they get rid of it as 'honeydew', which the ants feed on.  It is a symbiotic relationship.  Interesting read here:


Drainage for Plant Box

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:17

I suggest drilling holes in the bottom of the box and standing it on something which will raise it about an inch or so above the concrete.  The only problem might be dirty water running out over the concrete, but if you line the bottom of the box with a layer of porous weed membrane, that should act as a dirt filter.

unknowns plants

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:08

The first one looks like a chrysanthemum which should be coming into flower about now, if it is.  2nd looks like a not-very-healthy clematis and the last is a fuchsia.  None of them need cutting back at this time but cut chrysanthemums back to the ground in winter and prune the fuchsia quite hard in early spring, back to emerging buds.  Young clematis should be cur back to about 30cm high regardless of the pruning group in early spring.

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