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Loss of tool bar

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 22:03

If that doesn't help, try clearing your browser (default is Safari but other colours are available!) cache on each device.

moss

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 00:03

I'd also go with the pressure washer.  Note that mosses are in a completely different family to most plants, so standard weedkillers will have little or no effect, as you have found.  Ferrous Sulphate (Sulphate of Iron) solution is a relatively innocuous moss killer (it's the active ingredient in lawn moss treatments) and a spray of a solution of that after power-washing the paths should help delay the moss in returning.  A1kg tub costs under 10 pounds and will treat several hundred square metres.

Bindweed Roots

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 21:56
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I have a theory that the world is held together by bindweed and if we kill it all we'll go flying off into space

Don't worry nut - I'm sure all the ground elder roots will still hold the world together!

New hedge

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 21:53

If you can still find bare-root hedging plants, buy and plant them asap as the season for those is roughly November to end of February, so virtually over.  Otherwise you will have to buy potted shrubs which will work out considerably more expensive, but potted plants can be planted at any time of the year.  The most important thing is to keep them well watered for the first year, whatever you buy.

Hello from Canada

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 18:46

Welcome John.  Yes, it's very active here (difficult to keep up with sometimes, especially the 'chat' threads which I've more or less given up on!)

Bell Pepper problems

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 18:44

Peppers can also suffer from blossom end rot, like tomatoes.  It starts as small depressions usually at the bottom.  The cause is Calcium deficiency which can be remedied with a Calcium Chloride or Calcium Nitrate spray a few times a week until the fruit has fully grown.  A common cause is that too much general feed (especially if high in nitrates or potash) is applied to the soil which can affect the ability of the roots to take in Calcium.  Peppers don't need anywhere near as much feeding as tomatoes, so worth erring on the cautious side rather than being over generous.

Snowdrop

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 23:52

Possibly a new cultivar, or a typo (common in retail plant names)?  I would contact Cambo to see if they have any further information.  There are a lot of Galanthophile web sites out there too which may be worth contacting, for example:

http://www.snowdropinfo.com/

http://carolynsshadegardens.com/tag/galanthophile/

 

raspberries

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 16:17

There are a couple of viruses which can cause misshapen fruit but mouldy fruit is generally caused by grey mould whichs infects at the flower stage.  Are the mouldy fruits lower down and those at the top less affected?  If so, that is likely grey mould.  How long have the rows of canes been there?  If well over 5 years, it would be a good idea to replace them which is the only way to eliminate a possible virus infection.

profusion crabapple in pot?

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 22:26

Have a look at this information on the OrangePippin site about growing fruit trees in pots:

http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/articles/growing-fruit-trees-in-pots-and-containers

In essence, yes you can but you'll need a large pot - 60cm or larger diameter and about the same depth.  If you can find one on a dwarfing rootstock all the better, but growing them in pots will naturally keep them smaller than if planted in the ground.  Once it reaches the maximum size you want after a few years, you'd have to keep it in check by regular summer pruning.

Gumption

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 13:07

I remember my Dad having a tin of that in the shed about 50 years ago.  I also seem to remember it being pink.  Just found an image:

http://www.oldshopstuff.com/Shop/tabid/1248/ItemID/10702/Listing/Old-Tin-for-Gumption-Smooth-Paste-Cleaner/Default.aspx

It was the 'Cillit Bang' of it's day, I think.

'Gumption' is still sold in Australia, but that may be different stuff.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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They're about now! 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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