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new Lupins gone all brown

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 08:05

I think at that size I'd have potted them on and kept them going in pots until next spring when I would have planted them out.  They're so susceptible to aphids and slug attack, when they're little they don't stand much of a change. 

Have another go

Pruning Conifer Hedge

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 08:02

In my mind pruning and trimming are two different things - to me 'pruning' means cutting back to significantly change the shape of a plant, and I would not do that to a hedge at this time of year - indeed this would be illegal if it disturbed nesting birds.

 However in my mind 'trimming' would be a light clip over the surface with hand shears or similar, to 'tidy' a formal evergreen hedge or 'statement' evergreen tree and I don't think this would disturb nesting birds who are used to regular activity in the garden if, as I say, it is done with hand shears. 


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 07:20

Good morning all    OH woke early so I've had my first mug of coffee in bed and have only just come down to referee starlings and robins and talk to you lot

We have rain forecast for today too, but if it didn't get to Verdun maybe it doesn't exist, and we're going to have a lovely dry day after all???  Probably because I've got no washing left to hang out ...

Moldy mulch help!

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 07:16

Don't worry, as Jimmy and Edd said here - there's absolutely nothing wrong - the mould is just the mulch decomposing as it should do - most moulds are host specific - it will not affect your tomato plants.

Absolutely no need to treat with fungicide - your tomatoes will be fine.


Posted: 28/05/2015 at 21:03

Fidget - I've shared them with Wonky - so far I've got a very pretty double with a white centre and pink outer - looks like a strawberry sundae -  a couple of yellow singles with a rosy/apricot outer, and one that's just showing colour and looking very interesting - a very strong yellow showing at the moment. 

I've also got one I brought back from Touchwood with me - a big plant over 3ft tall and getting on for the same across covered with flowers, a striking yellow single with the outer a strong orange-red


Posted: 28/05/2015 at 20:20
sunflower888 wrote (see)

Melody2, I got little pots (similar to small yoghut pots) and put about 3-4 old teabags in each, and poured in some Jeyes fluid, then filled up the pot just to below rim with water. It stinks. So far they have stayed away.

However one day I saw one of the pots knocked over, and so had to top up. Every so often you have to top up.

The Jeyes fluid stinks, best setting it up outside in ventilation. It was realively inexpensive for a small can of the stuff.

p.s. Like you I tried many things, nothing really works.


Charlie November wrote (see)

WonkyWomble, if they enjoy the thing's "company" that much, why is it half a mine away from them, torturing songbirds to death in, digging up and leaving biohazardous shit all over my garden?

Now do please go back through the thread and show me the place where someone advocated poisoning cats. Go on. Unless you count putting chopped onion on the flowerbeds to deter them as trying to poison them, I don't think I've seen anyone advocate poisoning cats.

Nailing them to their owners' front doors, sure, every three or four posts, but nobody's advocating poisoning them.

See above - Sunflower888 recommended putting out pots of Jeyes Fluid mixed with water.  I asked people not to do this as although cats find it very attractive and like to drink it, it is highly toxic to them and will result in an agonising death.

new Lupins gone all brown

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 20:10

Hi PurpleChris

Can you post a pic or two of the poorly lupins so we can look for clues?

To upload a pic you need to click on the gree tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions

Fig tree pruning

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 20:05

It needs as many leaves as it can have in order to photosynthesise and produce energy and grow - the leaves will get bigger anyway.

Neonicotinoids and bees

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:57

You can sign a petition to keep the ban on neonicotinoids here

Talkback: Is it OK to compost tea bags?

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:48

Many teabags aren't made just of paper - they also contain polypropylene

see here

I put them on the compost heap and pick the uncomposted bits out later when I spread the compost on the veg patch.

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