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Latest posts by bookmonster

Honeysuckle leaves brown &shrivelled

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 08:00

I had a honeysuckle where the leaves went brown - it actually needed feeding, as the compost was poor and I bought it rootbound - do a google image search for plant diseases and see if it matches. If it doesn't, it might be something cultural like food, or shade that it needs.

Suggestions please

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 09:08

Our hellebores are thriving in clay soil, and flowered right from January to the end of April (one is just about still going). If the trees are deciduous snowdrops and autumn crocus should be ok. I also understand that lungwort (pulmonaria) tolerates both shade and clay but have never grown it.

Mystery Plants with Mystery Illness

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 21:55

Thanks - not sure what happened to the pictures. I think the bottom one was supposed to be variegated. I'm thinking taking them out may be the best plan.

Mystery Plants with Mystery Illness

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 21:20

We have two plants in the front that we inherited, which appear to be diseased. Can anyone advise what the plants are, and whether it is curable? Thanks

 

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Border edging

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 09:56

THey're like normal bricks but without the holes. We have some on their ends, not that deep, but they're tight enough that when I gave the lawn a good soaking very little seeped through into the empty bed the other side. The other border, they're laid flat with a curve, I'll post a photo if you like. We'll be using the ones on their ends to hold in a 'deep bed' for veg.

Cloche/mini greenhouse made out of bubblewrap

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 08:37

I found pvc polytunnel covers online, not tried them yet but they're pretty cheap and I may make a cloche out of them in the autumn.

Border edging

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 08:34

We used block paving bricks bedded in with sand. They're fairly firm and look pretty smart. They were less than 40p each, and you can choose which way up/what height  you want.

weeds!

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 08:23

I plan on leaving in pretty much anything except dandelions, but my favourite weed killer is table salt. I have eliminated dandelions by cutting off the tops and filling the hole with salt, then leave for a while and pull out after they have died. I have read that pouring salt into the middle of rosetted lawn weeds acheives the same affect. Cheap, and less labour intensive than just pulling them out.

Hollhocks

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 08:19

I'm growing them from seed for the first time - I have read that they should be spaced 60cm apart, and can be cut right back and mulched after dying back, to prolong life. I believe my seedlings shouldn't be planted out until all risk of frost has passed, is this correct?

Advice required for low maintenance raised beds?

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 08:11

Rosemary is an excellent low maintenance shrub - it's drought tolerant and evergreen, and can be pruned into a manicured look or left to its own devices. As a positive side effect, it sometimes flowers, and you can use it in cooking!

Discussions started by bookmonster

Gloobe Artichoke/Perennial Veg

Advice needed! 
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Poorly Pear Tree

Can you help identify the problem? 
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Pest and Cold Protection 
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Tomato Problems

 
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When is a harebell not a harebell?

Identify the mystery plant! 
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Mystery Plants with Mystery Illness

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Mystery Plant (Again)

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Mystery Plant

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