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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

laurel hedging

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 11:03

I wouldn't give up on them yet 

What about contacting the supplier for advice?

drunken Blue Atlas Cedar

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 09:58

It won't get any taller, and the fact that it's wider than it is tall is typical of this tree.  Study the shape carefully, think about how you'd like it to look, (look at the info on the link I posted) and try some judicious sculpting and see how it grows from there. 

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 08:50

Not the Heirloom ones , just Suttons' .... as you say not like the original but I do think the original probably needs more of a Provencal climate than we can provide here most years - as you say  there's probably been some tweaking. 

So far no signs of anything on the other three, or on any of the Red Alerts - fngers still crossed - which accoubts for typng errords 

Thanks for your help 

Even more confused about fruit tree choice now...

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 08:33

That's fine if there's some accessible near you - if not and you want to recapture tastes from your youth .... plant a bullace  

laurel hedging

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 08:30

How long ago did you plant them and how big are they?  Were they bare-root plants or in pots?

I've a feeling that they're suffering from transplant shock and that by this time next year most of them will have recovered, but you may have to replace a few of them.  I keep my fingers crossed for you.

This is a useful video re establishing laurel hedging,


Get Rid of your Lawns

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 08:15

Without my lawn where would the green woodpeckers go to rootle about for ant larvae?

Bramble invasion

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 06:59

Is there a real need for there to be two fences?  You're always going to have problems with weeds growing up in that No Man's Land between them as birds will sit on there and drop seeds into the gap.

What are the neighbours like?  Can you approach them and warn them that you're going to take action against the brambles in both your interests?

If you removed your fence is their fence in good enough condition to be the boundary - or is yours the proper fence and theirs has just been erected as they wanted more privacy?

What else have you got growing around there?  If you need to spray I would suggest that Brushwood Killer is the stuff to use, but it will kill everything that it touches!

Dreaded Tomato Blight

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 06:51

I'd rather be famous for something else - but we are just a stone's throw from the John Innes Centre at Colney 

I think I'll continue as I am at the moment removing every spoiled leaf as soon as it's spotted  - they're as far away from the others as I can physically get them - but if it gets even slightly more rampant they'll be bagged and binned quick as a wink - but that way I may get a tomato or three off them yet - and given the size of Marmandes that's not to be sneezed at!

French beans

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 06:08

Grannyk - yours sound as if you should be enjoying your french beans right now.  As soon as they get to that size pick them or production will slow down.

Zoomer - if your runners grew too long and stringy it's because you didn't pick them when they were ready 


What's wrong with these tomatoes?

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 06:04

The tomatoes are certainly fine for cooking - no need to discard them.

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