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Plum tree - possible bacterial canker...

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 11:06

I wouldn't be sure about that diagnosis, there doesn't seem to be anything oozing from the bark. I'd say it's just bark splitting, but someone else might tell you different.

How do I prune leggy lavender please?

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 10:50

My lavender has done very well this year and is still in flower. Are they in the right medium? They need very good drainage and full sun. I use a 50/50 mix of compost and sharp sand for potted lavender. As for pruning your memory serves you we'll, cutting into old wood will just see the stem die off. From your description I'd be tempted to start again and take some cuttings and pot them up fresh next year. It's not too late to take them and it's easy ( see the how too section on this site) .

it's possible to salvage them, you get a mix of sharp sand and compost and pile it up over the base of the plant to a depth of 4-6 inches and by next year you will get new growth coming from the base, then you can prune back to the new growth. So you have a choice.

Root Trainers for Sweet Peas?

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 09:07

I think it's a matter of preference really Amy, some people swear by them others prefer a 9cm pot. I use a9cm pot and they fine, no doubt some will disagree, especially the ones who go for show standard blooms. But for the ordinary garden it seems a waste of money.

Grass I.D. and care clues please

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 20:03

Zebra grass, if you look on the RHS site there's plenty of advice on grasses in general.

TOMATO BLIGHT- What to do next year?

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 19:30

Try this link Jill to the RHS, plenty of useful advice and a link or two there.

Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 19:22

Steve welcome, as with the army, knowing where to go to get the best advice is half the problem solved. Being a serviceman, you'll know all about method, procedure and following systems. You seem organised, which is what I would expect and organised. Both good qualities in a gardener, even a reluctant one.

Gardening is all about method and following well known and practised procedures, knowing when where and how. The only difference is you won't get shouted at or shot for for making a mistake on this forum.

I have the distinct feeling, you'll be successful as you've done the right thing in the first place by coming here for help. The only stupid question is the one you don't ask.

I wish you luck, although I don't think you'll need it somehow.

Replacing old lawn with flower border

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 18:03

If it's only 30x10 you can do that in half a day to lift and another day or two to dig. Depends how fit you are and the money you have to waste. I'm tight fisted by the way.


Posted: 15/09/2014 at 15:55

You can do either Lulu. If the root structure is pretty good then they will establish before winter. The only problem with them is slugs love them, so depends on your slug problem really.

Replacing old lawn with flower border

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 15:52

I'd lift the turf and either stack it to let it rot down or put to one side and as you start to dig the new border bury it a spade depth down grass side down. That way it adds humus to the soil and an instant fertiliser.


Posted: 14/09/2014 at 19:53

I'd hold off on the fungicide. Lupins at this time of year will deteriorate without warning and soon the frost will kill off all the foliage anyway. They do look scruffy so cutting down the foliage won't hurt them, a mulch overwinter will feed them and next year they will come up bright and breezy anyway. I've never found spraying at this time of year does anything to brighten them up. Powdery mildew, which this is, is part of the natural cycle at this time of year and will soon affect many perennials as the weather starts to cool and moisture increases.

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