BobTheGardener


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Smoke Bush

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:18

Have to a agree, they seem to either like the conditions and thrive or sit and sulk for a few years before finally snuffing it.  In my garden, the latter has proven to be the case.

Daphne adora

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:10

Unfortunately, adult vine weevils do survive the winter and are often found under pots at this time of the year.  Whether they are the culprit is difficult to say without a photo but if there are notches eaten from the edges of the leaves rather than holes in the middle then weevils are the likely cause.

The version of our gardens that we long to see again

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 11:34

April



June


One side of gardening dying!

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 11:19

After looking at the images, I have to say it does match the pattern of honey fungus.  I think you need to dig one of them up and inspect the roots.  The rhizomorph(s) which move between plants are not always easy to find - they could be under the fence line, for example.  I occasionally see one crossimg my veg plot.  However, they are usually obvious when you dig up the rootball of an infected shrub.  It could be other root pathogens such as phytophthora rather than HF.  The cypress looks too far away to have any effect and all they really do is make the soil dry and can't have caused all of this damage.

Help on a plant ID please

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 19:17

Looks like ground elder to me.  The roots are very invasive and the only real ways to control it are to either dig out the roots completely (almost impossible as any little bit left will regenerate) or to use a herbicide.


http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/solve-problems/ground-elder/


No doubt some will say leave it alone or that you can eat it, but having had to deal with this in my own garden I would urge you to srongly consider spraying the whole area with glyphosate based weedkiller in late spring and repeating as necessary.

Last edited: 11 February 2017 19:18:50

Growing shubs close to fence to limit spread

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 18:57

Agree, all too big really, especially the mahonia which needs to be big to look good IMO.  The yellow Choisya Ternata 'Sundance' isn't as strong a grower as the normal one so might be OK, especially as they respond well to pruning.  Here's the RHS list of smaller shrubs to look through:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=845

Ivy Eating Insects.

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 18:47

I'll second that B3!

Can I halve chitted potatoes?

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 18:39

Yes you can as long as there are some 'eyes' on each half.  Best to cut them a few days before planting to give the cut faces a chance to callous over.

Growing melons in a raised bed

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 18:56

The 'growhouse' covering will definitely help - I've grown melons in a polytunnel and an unheated greenhouse with reasonable success.  They do take up a lot of space though and I wouldn't try more than 3 in a bed that size and ideally only 2.  If you can provide some support they can be tied-in to it and be grown vertically, but you will then have to support the fruit too (old tights or netting works.)  Follow the growing advice carefully about nipping out the shoots etc. or you'll end up with a sprawling mass of vine and leaves with little or no fruit.  RHS growing and pruning advice here:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/fruit/melons


One tip I can give is about when to harvest - use you nose!  They smell really sweet when ready.


Good luck if you give them a go.

What could this be?

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 22:50

SBK brushwood killer or Deep Root tree stump killer will definitely see it off.  Drill vertical holes into it and pour it in neat to be sure (cover with a bit of duct tape to keep wildlife and pets safe.)  Don't cut it off and concrete over until you are certain it is dead though - new growth will easily break through an inch or two of concrete!

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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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