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What plant do I need?

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 19:43

I'm thinking that a row of Japanese Blood Grass - Red Baron   would look stunning in a spot like that.  I'm pretty sure it'd be fine with east facing as long as it's not too exposed, and if you can improve the clay just a bit it should be happy. 

Open Plan Gardens

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 19:32

Is you front garden big enough to use one of these?  You need them against the foxes ... 

You can show the postie where it is and explain, then if he takes a short cut it's his fault.  

What plants are these?

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 19:22

I've had a message from Richard ... he's going to tell his 8 year old grandson not to let them spread 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 16:51

It always works for OH ... there was a song ... Why Does it Always Rain on Me?  He thought it was written about him 

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Posted: 02/08/2017 at 16:34

OH is just setting off on his bike to pick up a couple of bottles of beer from W'rose ......... expect a downpour any minute ...

Bugs Bunny 2

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 15:30

Sounds like Onion White Rot ... info here 

Hope that helps.  

Tomato blight or some other nasty? It was all going so well :(

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 15:27

Have a look at the stems ... if there are black blotches pull the plants up and bag and bin them.  

If the stems are clear you can try removing all affected leaves ... check twice a day and snip any affected leaflets off.  

Good luck.  

Lavender with Bay Tree in Half-Barrel - Lavender is dying!

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 15:22

Hi Devonian and welcome

Normal multi-purpose compost just won't do the job ... it's fine for growing on veggies and containers of summer bedding, but for plants in permanent planters you need a loam-based compost ... my lollipop bay is in John Innes No 3 mixed 3:1 with horticultural grit to improve the drainage.

I also wouldn't grow anything else in with my bay ... I understand the look you're trying to achieve but it's going to take a lot of maintenance and tlc.    The lavender will compete with the bay for water and nourishment.

My bay is in a terracotta container of a similar size to your half barrel, raised up on feet to aid drainage, and topped off with horticultural grit ... we  water it with a bucket full of water every few days from March onwards, feed it with dilute seaweed fertiliser every few weeks through the growing season and  re-pot it every other year using fresh compost.  (It's a two-person job )

Hope that's helpful 

Last edited: 02 August 2017 15:22:58

Tomato blight or some other nasty? It was all going so well :(

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 15:08

Sadly that is blight ... bad luck 

Do as Fidget suggests.

Mine were similar a couple of years ago ... lost almost all of them ... all except Crimson Crush which are Blight Resistant.  Although they were grown alongside the others they didn't get the blight and fruited well.  Not the best flavour in the world, but good enough and far better than no tomatoes at all.  

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 14:49

Anyone coming for supper ........ smoked salmon and swiss chard quiche

Smoked salmon offcuts and free organic double cream on it's use by date from the farm shop 

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