Dave Morgan

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Is my tree diseased?

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 09:15

It's been very dry for a good month if not more and a lot of trees and shrubs have suffered as a result. Some trees have been shutting down early and early leaf loss has affected so many plants I've come across. I think all you can do is let nature take its course.


Posted: 29/10/2016 at 18:03

Lift, dry and pop them in a paper bag till spring is usual christine


Posted: 29/10/2016 at 12:36

Leave till all danger of frost has passed Tads. A late frost will damage any new growth so I leave it as late as possible. The old flowers will give some protection to the new growth and next year's flowers.

Rampant pear leaf blister mite

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 12:32

Have to agree with Bob, his advice is spot on. Loads of this about this year.


Posted: 29/10/2016 at 12:29

Those are vine weevil grubs. They'll be eating the roots, so drench with nematodes and keep the acuba well watered.

Box plants

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 12:26

Box is traditionally cut on Derby day in about May. You can trim them now to neaten up the late summer growth. Feeding box is simple, a high nitrogen fertiliser like growmore in late winter usually March will normally see them through year. You can alternatively feed with fish blood and bone. If they're in the ground they won't need watering, potted only if the compost dries out.

Budlea Bush Pruning

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 20:15

Desperately easy Paul, hardwood or softwood cuttings, cut a 10 inch length off now and put it in some gritty compost in a clay pot and set to one side. It may well have rooted by spring. Softwood from the new growth in spring early summer again into gritty compost and they root in a few weeks.

Grow for Great Britain

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 17:34

I know given sufficient space I could supply my household with all the veg I would need to feed myself and and now shrinking household. The problem is space. I can grow all my summer veg quite easily in ground and in pots, the bulkier veg need more space. Fruit I can do as well, except for bananas. But it's a complex subject and some have raised very important issues about trade. Food waste is huge issue, with the bigger supermarkets trying to be all things to all people and failing spectacularly over stocking huge quantities of food. The system of food production is geared to mass production with a fall in quality standards, resulting in a growing demand for locally produced food with higher standards of welfare and quality. It would need a sea change in attitudes towards food for the larger non gardening population to seek change, which is unlikely. I think we can make a small difference, and from little acorns mighty oaks grow. 

Last edited: 28 October 2016 17:49:51

HELP Non flowering Hydrangea

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 21:04

I'll give anything a try Verdun, and Dove it's been read the riot act more than once and shown the secateurs in my most menacing fashion, not that that's any thing to be scared off, and there's so much s**t at the farm next door going begging it'll get heavy mulch next week. If none of those work, then it's on the death list.

HELP Non flowering Hydrangea

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 19:39

Okay I have a hydrangea in a clients garden, a mophead, which has been pruned correctly, and sits in a bed with two other hydrangeas both mop heads, and planted in clay and the bed is mulched with bark. This one hydrangea will just not flower. The other two do, prolifically, but this one just will not produce a flower head and hasn't for the past few years. They don't get fed normally but this year I fed the non flowering one some tomato feed for several weeks. It's really healthy but no flowers. The client doesn't mind , but I do. Has anyone got any suggestions?

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