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ID please

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 19:25

Cherry of some type, possibly.

Cucumber disease

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 12:24

Stem rot, probably this:

Not good Sarah.

Apple tree problems

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:50

You could try watering nematodes onto the ant nests - "nemasys no ants" is what to look for.

Apple tree problems

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 09:42

Emma, have a close look at the tree to see if you have any ants crawling about.  If so, they 'farm' aphids and feed off of the honeydew they excrete.  Ants actually carry young aphids to fresh young leaves.  If you find any, get yourself a grease band which you wrap around the trunk and will prevent ants climbing up.  The black spot is probably starting where aphids have pierced the leaves with their sap-sucking parts and may even be being carried by them, although it is mainly from wind-borne fungal spores.  It is much worse in wet weather so you are stuck with it this year unless the weather dramatically improves.

Please help Sowing canterbury bells

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 22:38

Should be still be ok to still sow them now but you might have to overwinter them in pots if they don't grow enough.  As biennials they won't flower until next summer of course.

Apple tree problems

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 22:28



Posted: 01/07/2016 at 22:26

It's a prairie plant so loves lots of sun.  In the uk, unless you have well drained soil and a decent summer (whatever one of  those looks like), it can be hard to grow as a perennial.  The only success I've had is to grow it into large plants in pots before planting out.  Even then they gave a poor show in the second year then snuffed it over the next winter.  Not my definition of invasive! 

Bulbs and seeds

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 19:10

As general advice, I would make the border deeper (as in remove a bit more lawn) Dew_drops.  Once the plants grow they will soon run out of room and overhang the lawn anyway so the grass will suffer where that happens.  The usual advice is to have a minimum border depth of 1 metre.  Making it curvy also always looks better too.  Love the fence colour!

Bad batch of runner bean seeds?

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 18:48

I think it's something to do with the weather conditions.  I had seed left from last year and sowed two lots in pots about 3 weeks apart.  The first lot have distorted leaves etc much as pansyface describes but the 2nd lot look fine.  Even the leaves are greener.  Same compost used in the pots and they were planted out into similar soil with a similar aspect, so only the timing varied.

Blueberry Bush

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 18:39

Difficult to recommend pruning without a photo but certainly remove any weak spindly growth near the base.  Once they are a few years old they benefit from removing (one or two only, early in the year) of the oldest branches, right back to the base.  This will promote vigorous new shoots from the base which will bear the crops in subsequent years.  Feeding with something high in nitrates early in the season will help these strong new shoots to grow and then switch to high potash feeds later to help promote flowers and fruit.  Use feed for ericaceous plants as these contain iron in a form which can be taken up in the acid conditions that is needed to grow blueberries.

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