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Posted: 31/05/2015 at 19:44

You can all thank us - it's 'cos we've just bought a lovely snuggly thick new duvet - delivered yesterday

Do ALL tall(ish) plants need supporting?

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 19:32

Verdun, but they'll be tall and sturdy - whereas in this garden, if I grew cannas they'd probably grow just as tall as yours in an effort to find sunlight, but they'd be thin and etiolated, rather than robust and sturdy like yours.  Mine would need plenty of support. 

My plants on the south side of the garden grow quite lanky compared with the same varieties I've grown in sunnier gardens , because they have tall trees to the east, an 8 ft fence to the south, and our house to the west.

Do ALL tall(ish) plants need supporting?

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 19:14

I shall support my hollyhocks and sunflowers - not tieing them rigidly their whole height, but I'll put a cane about halfway up to give them a bit of support.  For others, a lot depends for me on how much bright sunlight the plants are getting.  Quite a lot of my garden is shaded for a large part of the day, so some of the plants grow a bit tall and not as sturdy, so in my garden they'll need staking, whereas in Verdun's garden, which basks in near tropical sunshine most of the time, the plants will be shorter and stockier and won't need as much staking - unless of course they're bashed about by those south-westerly winds he gets down in Cornwall.  As I said, a lot depends on conditions ...

Help with spuds and toms

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:01

Someone's been contravening the regulations - taken from the link in my post above:

  • product labels must state that manure derived from animals that grazed on grassland treated with aminopyralid should be returned directly to the grassland i.e. keeping it on farm;
  • only grassland grazed by cattle and sheep may be treated – not that grazed by horses; ...

It really should be reported.

Ants in my flower pots.

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 17:56

Keep the pots raised off the ground, ensure the plants aren't potbound, and keep the soil moist.  Ants don't like those conditions.

holly tree

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 17:42

Whatever it is, I hope it's nothing serious - I love hollies

holly tree

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 16:15

Could it be Holly Leaf Miner?

Help with spuds and toms

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 16:11

If you scroll down and read Q8 here  you'll see that there's no way you should have been supplied with manure containing aminopyralid - since 2009 there have been strict regulations about this and these were put in place in response to the problems suffered by gardeners and allotment holders and to protect them in the future.

As I said, please contact the Animal & Plant Health Agency (part of DEFRA) - contact details here

Autumn nectar sources for bees and etc?

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:58

Asters are much loved by bees and butterflies in the autumn - this is interesting i

Help with spuds and toms

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 15:24

I understand that any farmer using this weedkiller was instructed some while ago (a couple of years at least I think) that any resulting manure should not be allowed to leave the farm.  They should certainly not be selling/giving it to allotment holders.  You should contact DEFRA and let them know about the problem before others suffer.

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