Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Privet hedge dying

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 12:10

My best bet would be a fungal root infection, either honey fungus or phytophthora:

Treatments aren't available so the best bet is to remove all affected parts of the hedge plus the next unaffected one, as that is likely already infected.  The affected soil will need to be dug out and replaced unless you plant different species which are immune.  Not good news, I know.

Last edited: 24 September 2017 12:10:38

Does anyone recognise this pod?

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 11:52

Iris foetidissima - seeds are toxic:

Kiwi fruit

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 11:48

It depends on the variety but if it was grown from seeds of a supermarket fruit, it won't ever flower or fruit in the UK.  I did this about 15 years ago and had 5 or 6 large vines until recently - not one ever produced a single flower.  If you want to persevere, getting the self-pollinating variety called 'Jenny' is your best bet.

Does Ivy have flowers?

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 11:33

Yes, those are indeed ivy blossoms which are loved by butterflies and other insects - they are one of our most important native flowers in this respect.  Once pollinated, they will produce black berries which the birds love (but are inedible to us.)

Last edited: 24 September 2017 11:33:56


Posted: 23/09/2017 at 18:43

Try this more recent thread:

Mixing compost and manure

Posted: 22/09/2017 at 18:41

You can use whatever you have available.  The worms will mix it all together anyway, which is what you ultimately want.  Look up 'lasagna bed' where this is done on purpose.

Last edited: 22 September 2017 18:41:19

John Innes no 1 Too soggy

Posted: 22/09/2017 at 18:26

It doesn't matter as cuttings don't really need nutrients in the compost to form.  What they need is water but with good drainage and air, which is why a 50/50 mix of perlite or grit and almost any compost is fine.  Commercial composts are better than home-made for this as they are likely to have been sterilised.

Comfrey tea - how to use it, how to store it, etc.

Posted: 20/09/2017 at 18:57

Max, I use it about once a week on 'greedy' plants (eg tomatoes) or once a fortnight on the rest.  Just use as much as you would if you were simply watering a plant.  For things in pots that means ensuring the compost is fully wetted from top to bottom.  I've used 3 year old comfrey feed and it still had the desired effect but is probably better used as soon as possible.

FRuit trees in pots

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 19:52

In my experience, cherries are very susceptible to late frosts or even just a bit of bad weather at flowering time, even if you hand-pollinate them as I have done for the last 3-4 years.  You could try moving the pots to your sunniest and most sheltered area during the flowering period which may help.  Once the petals drop you can move them back to their normal site.  Also give them a weekly feed of tomato food as flowering commences, just in case they are not getting enough nutrients.


Posted: 17/09/2017 at 16:23

I wonder if morrikath is from the US, where they have a different species which are called blackbirds?  The European variety we have in UK gardens do migrate to some extent, but many of them just go a bit further south within the islands, while some from scandinavia etc come the the UK for the winter:

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