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Posted: 05/07/2014 at 19:56

As long as you refresh the soil and add some rootgrow and bonemeal to the planting hole it should be ok, but it would help if we knew what shrubs they were to be definite.


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 19:47

If the weather is fine leave them in the open to dry, this forms the brown skin we are all familiar with, I'm surprised as it's still a bit early for onions to be ready, normally they are left until the foliage dies down. After they are dry you can hang them or store in onion bags. Some people leave them in a cold frame which speeds the drying process.

Could someone ID this for me please?

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 19:42

Centaurea, or cornflower, probably the blue or common variety, bees love them an early source of nectar.They spread by underground roots, so they can be invasive if left unchecked.

Strawberry Plant Leaves

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:54

You can remove some leaves, but patience is the best solution, the fruit will ripen without a lot of sun. 

Tomato problems

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:42

Looks like water splash's dried out by the sun, otherwise there's nothing wrong with them.


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 10:27

It's a tender perennial carol. Kept frost free over winter it should come back the following year, although they are relatively cheap it's often easier to but new.


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 10:21

Black spot can affect the petals as well Rod, especially if the fungus has had time to get a hold. I'd remove the affected flowers as well and spray again so that the whole plant is almost stripped bare, this will give it the best chance of recovery. It may seem harsh but sometimes you have to be.


Posted: 04/07/2014 at 23:01

Roses are hungry beasts and don't like competition. I go for varieties that can go in a mixed border, but even then I still feed them copiously and water frequently.


Posted: 04/07/2014 at 22:55

Possibly black spot, a fungal disease. Increase the ventilation around the rose, feed water and mulch it quite thickly, remove any affected leaves and spray with a fungicide. It is unfortunately a good year for black spot on roses we didn't have enough frost to kill the spores. Also spray the ground around the rose. 

Echinacea and hydrangea problems

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 12:15

Echinacea are generally trouble free, but I would change the compost to a mixture of compost and sharp sand/ grit as they like free drainage. Check for aphids as well and if present spray with dilute washing up liquid.

As for the hydrangea, although they like a moist soil, it still needs reasonable drainage, so add a bit of grit to the compost and change the top 2 inches of compost every year and feed it as well, a bigger pot would help as well.

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Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
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Hold in invasive roots 
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