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Posted: 04/06/2014 at 09:21

I'm off - see you later folks - have a good day whatever and wherever you're doing 

Please help with a hebe plant

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 09:19

Sorry - posting 'bumping up' is a way of moving your post to the front page so others will see it 

slugs, slugs and more slugs

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 09:17

Does the neighbour have pets, children, grandchildren???????????????? 

Although this year I have used a very few of the new Iron sulphate slug pellets, there's no way I would ever consider using them anywhere near where I grow fruit and veg!

Members of my family are big commercial veg growers - seeing the protection their employees have to wear when mechanically spreading slug pellets on their fields is enough to make anyone very wary indeed!!!


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 08:47

Wet overnight and sunny days - sounds perfect gardening weather Verdun - have a good day everyone - I 'm off in a few minutes.  

OH is in charge of supper - he's talking about cooking a curry - will someone please keep an eye on him 

slugs, slugs and more slugs

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 08:06

Lol I've had no problem with slugs at all pellets go over the garden fence and hedges and all over my paths and between my rows of veg every week when we get a break in the rain I attack them. I make sure I throw them down a the hard to reach places too like down the side of my garden sheds. if you stay on top there never a problem just attack them on all fronts and be cheeky throw pellets next door lol 

Do you have any hedgehogs, frogs, toads, birds or other wildlife in your garden at all?


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 07:43

Bumping up


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 07:25

Thanks folks - haven't seen daughter for a while so today will be special 

Chicky, just watch that bracken - I'm sure I can remember reading that bracken spores can cause problems for some people - asthmatics etc?  Can't quite remember but there's something in the back of my mind - of course, it's probably too early for it to be releasing spores, but just thought I'd mention it.  

Ah, just googled - the danger time is August to October at which time you should wear a face mask as breathing in the spores is definitely not good for us. 

But it's ok to do it now - you probably knew that, that's why you're doing it 

Purple/black spots on honeysuckle foliage

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 07:17

I agree with Dave, honeysuckle leaves turn grey/black when succumbing to powdery mildew, before the fungus develops its powdery coat.  

It affects honeysuckle that has been weakened by drought - honeysuckle, being a plant of damp woodlands likes it's feet to be cool and damp.  

The leaves will go crispy and fall off but if you remedy the problem, plenty of watering (not soggy but moist) and shaded roots, the plant will recover.

No need to spray with anything.  I believe Roseclear contains a fungicide so it will tackle mould-type problems, but the leaves that already have it will die, and if you cure the problem the new leaves won't get the mildew.

I bought a new honeysuckle this year and I think it had been a bit dry in the pot at the GC - a few weeks after planting it developed powdery mildew and all the leaves fell off, but it is planted in the right place, with shaded roots and moist but well-drained soil and it is recovering with new shoots appearing everywhere.   The mildew only appears some time after the problem has occurred.

I do find that some garden centres like to solve your problems by selling you something! 

Graham Thomas is a wonderful honeysuckle - I've grown one in a previous garden and it was one of the first plants I planted in this one.  I find it takes a couple of years to get going, and then it's simply beautiful - such a good perfume and such elegant white and honeycoloured flowers - a very good choice 


What veg outside of July and August

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 07:05

Purple sprouting broccoli crops in the spring - its a bit late to sow it now but buy plants from the GC and plant now to harvest next spring.

Sow Broadbeans 'Aquadulce Claudia' in October/November - they'll grow through the winter and crop in the late spring.

Sow Swiss Chard in late August/September and you'll have plenty of chard next spring.

There are also winter hardy varieties of lettuce that you sow in the autumn for spring harvest.

And if you plant a crown of rhubarb this autumn and look after it for a year, in spring 2016 you'll have plenty of rhubarb for a crumble.

Gooseberries too will fruit before you go away, so plant a couple of bushes this autumn.

Early varieties of strawberries will be fruiting in June/July.

That lot should keep you busy 


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 07:01

Good morning everyone   you're all up early!  Hope everyone's had a peaceful night.  

I've been watching a dog fox trotting down the hill past our house - we live between two nature reserves so there's plenty of cover and plenty of prey for them.

It's overcast and mizzly here - I've got a load of plants to pack into the car - spending the day down in Suffolk with daughter so I won't be around here today - OH will have a peaceful day in the studio  

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