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Posted: 22/08/2016 at 14:29

Hi Harry

You leave the plant alone  - as the autumn comes the leaves and stalks will die back and the energy will be reabsorbed into the crown of the plant to build up strength for the following year.

Picking it and disposing of it would be no different to picking it and using it - the plant doesn't know what you're doing with the stems 

When the plant has died down remove any rotted leaves and stems that remain mulch around the area with well-rotted farmyard manure, but don't cover the crown. 

White splashed cosmos

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 14:08

  Powdery mildew?


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 13:16

pattypan and basil soup for lunch anyone?


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 12:36

Hello Stephen 

Can you tell us more about this flower bed please?  

How big is it?   Is it up against a wall?  Which way does it face?

Is the soil clay or gritty?

Could you post a photo please?


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 10:37

Good morning Hosta   Heating????  What are you like???? Put a vest on!!! 

Glad the walk went ok Bushman 

Lantana - think we had your overnight rain - the butts are pretty full again.  It's still nice and warm here - the outdoor tomatoes are ripening nicely and the outdoor grapes are colouring up too 

Pdoc - think the weather up your way is improving tomorrow 


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 09:36

Just the one moment Pdoc?    Can I have two ......................... please?  

Mo Farah's grin when his fished his 10,000m gold medal out of his pocket and put it around his neck to go with the 5,000m one


Nick Skelton's quivering chin during his Gold Medal ceremony.

Mentioning professional trading names.

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 09:27

Repotting into a much bigger pot

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 09:21

Olives need good drainage - I agree with Verdun -  the pots will need weight for stability - use John Innes loam-based compost (not lightweight multi-purpose compost) and add a good proportion of coarse horticultural grit.  I would use 3 parts John Innes to 1 part grit.  That should ensure that the roots don't suffer from being too wet when the temperatures drop as they do in the UK.  

Last edited: 22 August 2016 09:22:18

Mentioning professional trading names.

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 09:10

As Nutcutlet has said - there's a huge difference between a personal recommendation based on the experience of a forum member, and the attempts by some companies to post advertisements without paying the website.  

As far as I'm aware, there's never been a problem with posting personal recommendations.

I'm sure the GW team would let us know if there was. 

After all, if mentioning trade names was forbidden, it would mean that the Original Poster would have to change his name   and that would never do! 

Calathea housepalnt

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:48

It sounds to me as if the atmosphere is too dry - do you mist the leaves? 

Place the pot on a tray of pebbles and keep the pebbles moist.  Also ensure the plant isn't getting any direct sunlight - it may need to be moved into a shadier cooler corner for the summer. 

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