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Strange fungus

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 15:29

I agree and would get a tree surgeon in to give an opinion.  As nut says, the tree is certain to have started rotting inside for the fungus to appear and with that huge side branch making it look rather unbalanced, it may get into a dangerous state and come down one day in strong winds.

Moving my tomatoes

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 12:27

Sounds a bit risky to me Hover_fly - tomatoes are brittle plants at the best of times and I fear you may break the stems, leaves or trusses if you try moving them at this size.

Perhaps you could try moving the middle plant from the growbag - at least you would still have two if anything went wrong.  Fill the now empty space in the old growbag with compost and the remaining plants will soon send roots into it.

Dahlia ID and Other Plant ID

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 12:14

It's possible the unmarked dahlia tubers were originally grown from seed (the range of forms supports that idea) in which case they won't have names, so you can call them what you like!   If you take cuttings of your favourite ones when they first sprout next spring, each plant will be identical to the one you took the cutting from, but you need to remember to mark your favourite tubers before they are cut back after the first frost of course!)  I grow lots of dahlias from seed mixes and get some really nice ones.  Some of the giant ones grow over 6ft from a seed in just a few months - amazing plants really.

doves taking over

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 11:11

Lots of fat woodpigeons around here and they often form large flocks.  They eat all of my cherries while still unripe, damage most trees, shrubs and plants they decide to land on just from their sheer weight and strip brassicas bare in minutes.  They have now learnt to balance on the trays I fitted below the feeders to stop food falling on the ground attracting rats and empty them in minutes so I've had to remove the trays and expect the return of rats which I had previously eliminated.  Nice choice - flying rats or ordinary rats.  Vermin is too good a word for them. 

My sweetcorn has tastles already but they're short.

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 10:53

Feeding them with a liquid feed wouldn't hurt.  The main requirement for sweetcorn is nitrogen so use a feed with a high N rating in it's NPK ratio which should be printed on the pack.  If you have any stinging nettles around, you can make a natural nettle 'tea' feed which is high in nitrogen:


Shrivelling baby cucumbers

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 22:29

One thing to check for is that you haven't missed a cucumber hiding away somewhere on the plant.  If this happens seeds start to delvelop inside and the plant thinks it has done it's thing and new fruits drop off.  I find they also sometimes just do this for no reason for a few weeks but then start to produce again.

Help with plant / weed?!

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 23:08

I don't think this particular gardener is a big fan:

Starting out...

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 23:05

You will get better results if you get the manure down now and delay planting until next spring.  Doing that will give the worms (and the frosts) time to do their work.  If you have room you can still buy the perennials now and grow them on in pots (re-potting into larger ones if necessary) then plant them out next spring.  Planting larger, well-grown plants tends to give better results than planting small ones as some may not survive their first winter in the soil.  Larger specimens are usually considerably more expensive so that is also a good way of saving money.

Having said that I have sometimes been a bit impatient and have dug-in (very well rotted) manure and planted straight into it and most things survived.

Help with plant / weed?!

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 22:31

Looks like Pale Pink Sorrel (Oxalis incarnata.)  It can be spread by cultivating the soil which spreads the small bulbils which form above the root around.  Might be a glyphosate job to get rid and likely over several seasons.



What is wrong with my Jumbo blackberries?

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 19:02

It's known as 'white drupelet disorder'.  The large berried variety 'Apache' comes up a lot on google searches for this.

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