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Are my broccoli seedlings ok?

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 11:03

I agree, no hope for those.  There is a possibility that your homemade compost is a bit acidic which the tomatoes won't mind but the brassicas will hate.  I would sow the next batch in a commercial compost, most of which contain a bit of lime.  This would also eliminate any possibility of disease affecting the seedlings.  When happy, brassica seedlings are strong and fast growers.

Last edited: 06 May 2017 11:03:44

Plum Tree Problems

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 10:56

One possibility is that it has "Silver leaf", a fungal disease which usually enters by pruning at the wrong time.  Is there any possibility that the tree has been pruned between Autumn and Spring in the past?  Plums should only be pruned during the Summer to prevent infection.

The only other thing I can think of is that a "weed 'n' feed" product has been used on the lawn which won't have done the tree any good.  Lawns with trees in should still be fed but not with products containing weedkillers.

Monkey puzzle

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 10:46

I agree with Dove (as usual )  They are slow growers though and don't cause much shade so I suggest leaving it until it gets too big for your liking and then simply felling it and planting something else.  They do make a great 'statement' tree in the middle of a large lawn.

no life

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 22:01

The best possible thing to use is use well rotted farmyard or horse manure.  The worms will soon move in and the cycle of life will restart.  Put down at least a 4 inch layer (ideally 6" this first time) and I would dig in this first batch.  After that put down a 4" layer on the top of the soil this autumn and let the worms do the rest.  I would wait until next spring before doing any serious planting or laying the lawn.  You could grow things in pots (even shrubs and small trees) until then to brighten the garden up which has the advantage that you can move things around to see what layout you like best.

What is this on my Magnolia

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 20:29

I think it's just lichen which is completely harmless and an indicator of good air quality. 

Plant ID please

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 15:15

Looks like paulownia and very pretty it is too.

Kale new leaf growth is dark

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 14:57

I'm like that too Blue - can't bear to throw spare seedlings away so if I can't give them away they get planted somewhere even if they have no real chance of thriving! 

My flowers are coming out of the soil

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 14:47

Hi Ariadna, it could be that the roots are rotting off.  This can happen if there isn't enough drainage.  I can see that you have lined the basket with plastic - did you make holes in the bottom for excess water to drain away?


Posted: 01/05/2017 at 14:02

They take up a *lot* of water GD (due to the large leaf area) so I would only plant one in a pot of that size.

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