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Posted: 05/05/2016 at 21:04

Got rid of mine a few years ago.  Had to use a leather moterbike jacket and gloves, two pairs of jeans and a chainsaw.  Horrendous stuff.  It's OK for a very large garden but I wouldn't recommend it in an average one.

Plant ID - is it a tree?

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 19:50

Possibly a goat willow sapling.  The seeds get blown in by the wind.

Plant ID's please

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 19:53

1 is Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle)

2 might be a Geum of some kind (hopefully not the weedy one, g. urbanum.)

3 not sure

4 is some variety of Potentilla

5 not sure which leaves you mean - can see some Spanish bluebells

6 a Euphorbia of some kind

7 Sedum (ice plant)




Acer Palmatum help

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:45

I've uploaded them here for you Scott:



 I'm not sure, but I think the fine hairs might be normal on young acer leaves.  The older leaves actually look very healthy.

Othewise it could be mildew and might be worth treating them with a general fungicide.  Spraying with diluted milk is also reported to work as an organic alternative.  Also make sure they are well watered as dry roots encourages mildew.

Acer Palmatum help

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:18

Scott, If you are using a phone and the picture upload (little green tree) is missing, post them to a photo hosting site and include the link here.  It's really difficult to guess what this could be without a photo.

Cabbage plants

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:14

Netty, one problem with slug pellets is that they contain an attractant so also pull slugs into the area.  If a slug happens to find a plant before a pellet, then..

Try sprinkling pellets around the periphery rather than in the middle.  Beer traps also work really well.

Anyone brave enough to plant out runner beans yet?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:06

Sowed mine in pots yesterday, same date as I do every year.  If it works..

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 18:02

Two rows of onions gone in today.  Also found a pack of ten strawberries on the shed floor - was just about to complain they they had forgotten to include that variety (Mara des bois) in the delivery!

3 week old dahlia tubers not changed

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:41

I take it they are outside C3k.  It's not warm enough outdoors for them to get going yet.  Bring them inside if you can and you should see signs of life in a week or two.

Dahlias are really tropical plants so hate the cold and wet of our British climate.  We can only grow them because they are really fast growers so can actually be grown from seed to bloom in about 5 months.

Canker or not?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:31

Canker spores are airborne or carried by insects so not much you can do other than to prune at the correct times with sharp secateurs and clean the blades after each cut (disinfectant wipes are excellent for this.)   Make sure you feed your trees regularly as  trees which are growing well are far less likely to catch diseases.

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