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Posted: 01/05/2017 at 16:32

Covering up at night wouldn't keep them warm enough ... we've had some low temperatures and hard frosts in the past ten days or so. 

I've not even sown my runner beans yet - I'll probably do it later this week and plant them out in June.  They're tender and  as I've said, we've had some hard frosts.  

As for the peas, it depends whether they'd been hardened off.  

tomato/potato blight will only affect members of the solanum family e.g. potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines etc.

Last edited: 01 May 2017 16:35:18

Any hope for this?

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 16:28

I'd be brave and cut it back to a couple of inches below that crack in the main stem near the blue string.  Sort of 'Kill or Cure'.  

Good luck ... I'm crossing my fingers 

However, lavatera aren't long-lived plants ... it might just be that this one has reached it's expiry date. 

Espalier Trees Advice and Pruning

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 16:23

Hmm  - I think you have made more complications for yourself as well as the rootstock issue ....... cherries don't espalier well, they're better trained as fans.  

Plums shouldn't be pruned before midsummer, because it makes them susceptible to silver-leaf disease.

I'm sorry ... I've pointed out the problems but I can't think of any solution at the moment

What do others think? 


Posted: 01/05/2017 at 16:04

Afraid it's far too early for courgettes and pumpkins etc to be out in the garden ... they need overnight temperatures to be consistently at a minimum of 14C . 

Mine are still on the dining room windowsill.  

Bird Station position help

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 16:01

A birdbath will attract birds to your garden just as much as food will, or even more.  Just keep it filled with fresh water and the birds will be so grateful.  

You can get some lovely designs which will complement your style of garden   Some examples here  

Why-Oh-Why have I not done this before?

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 15:56

Time for gardeners' refreshments 

Any hope for this?

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 15:50

I wouldn't want to come back if it was me ... I don't think it feels very loved 

I don't wish to appear rude, and I realise that not everyone has much gardening experience, but that pot is too small for it, particularly if it was allowed to dry out last year ... and then, to be wound back and forth and tied to a stick with a piece of string ... 

Maybe a bigger container and some fresh compost (loam based John Innes No 3 so it doesn't dry out so easily) and it might think it's worthwhile making the effort.  

I'd also cut it hard back, which should encourage it to put out new shoots.

Good luck 

Stinking shrub

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 15:40
... or that the roots have got into some drains and caused a bit of a blockage ... that might account for the smell following rain 


Moving a mature hydrangea now

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 13:16

Good luck!  Let us know how you get on 

Moving a mature hydrangea now

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 12:50

Hydrangeas strike easily from cuttings ... even just in water.  Take some cuttings as well as transplanting the shrub .... just as insurance 

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