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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

when to plant

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 18:14

And watch-out for Lily Beetle when they start growing.  My Madonna lilies are in the centre of a bed so hard to get to, and the little red devils love them, munching them to death if they get the chance!

When to prune zebra grass?

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 18:06

That's right, Berghill - grasses are one of the few plants which grow from the base of the leaf, so if you cut the tops of the new shoots off, they carry that damage all season.

Which sand for soil improvement?

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 01:15

Yes, a rough grade of sharp sand like that would be good and is the cheapest suitable stuff.  Just avoid 'builders sand', as that has rounded grains (it's basically graded beach sand) which won't help drainage much.

Thuja Plicata turned red

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 01:05

The base looks as though the bark had been damaged by something (could a mower or strimmer have stripped it?  Perhaps animal or fungal damage?)  I would cut the red (which is dead) top off, immediately above the green growth, which then has a better chance of taking over as the main stem, although it will probably always have an odd shape.

dead tree fungi

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 00:53

Hi Dave,

I agree, those are bracket fungi of some kind and will not affect any surrounding plants.  Personally, I enjoy seeing fungi growing like that and find them fascinating.  Apart from wood-boring beetle larvae, fungi are the primary way wood is naturally broken down and returned to the soil.  The bracket fungi will eventually make the wood become very weak, so if any of the dead branches are above head height, I'd recommend you cut them off now in case they fall on someone. As LeadFarmer said though, it is always risky leaving dead tree stumps in the ground as they can become a base for a Honey Fungus infection, although I'm 100% certain that's not what you are seeing at this point.

dead tree fungi

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 21:50

Dave, as Lyon said, can you post a picture of the fungus?  If it's actually growing out of the trunk, that's good news as the dreaded Honey Fungus usually only appears on the ground, near affected trees and shrubs.  It looks like a normal mushroom but has a yellowy-brown (well, honey coloured!) cap and usually appears in small groups.


Posted: 02/01/2013 at 21:41

Paul2, you could do that but the easiest thing to do with baskets is to use slow release fertilser 'plugs' which you just push into the compost.  T&M have a video to show you what I mean:

Happy New Year

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 23:07

From the bean to the brussel, the bat to the bee, here's to a good year in 2013!

Happy New Year to all the forum.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 16:20

The clouds have now mostly cleared and a beautiful blue sky appeared here (nr Leicester.)  Unfortunately, the sun has just set!   Oh well, a couple of glasses of "liquid sunshine" will no doubt brighten up the day, later!

new years resolution

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 02:21
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Don't sow too thickly would be a good resolution for me. Plus don't prick out and grow on every seedling that germinates or I'll never keep up with the potting on, watering and planting out even if there was a space for it all.

Heheh - that's mine too!  Also not sowing too early, which I find difficult to resist!

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