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Fungal Growth

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 18:00

Ogster - you're a familiar name and you've posted several times on the forum - I think you've always had a reply and have been treated pleasantly - so, if no one has replied to your latest post perhaps you should reflect on the possible reasons which may be

1.  that no one who has seen your query has any helpful information for you, or

2. that for some reason your post has slipped down the page and escaped the notice of people who might have otherwise replied

I don't think that either reason justifies sarcasm or rudeness from you.  

All that's needed is a pleasant enquiry as to whether anyone can help and that will bump your post to the top of the first page.  

In my case the second reason applies - although I've been on the board several times in the past 48 hours I've simply not seen your query.  However having seen your photos I would not worry - most fungal growths in the garden are simply part of the normal course of events - the fungi are breaking down organic matter in the soil and making it available to your plants.  If you don't like the look of it just gently hoe the surface of the soil to break it up.  

And remember, we're nice people, we like to help so if we don't it might be that there's been a blip .... or it might mean that we don't like uncalled for sarcasm. 

knot weed

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:40

You may find the information here helpful 

Good luck 


Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:34

and some more 

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Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:30

some of the hundreds of Cyclamen hederifolium under the hostas on the Shady Bank. 


Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:25

And cyclamen coum won't be flowering yet, and cyclamen hederifolium flower before their leaves appear.  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:13

A day well spent - a load of bedlinen washed, dry and vegetable pasties made and a courgette cake in the oven, OH has turned the compost, (hopefully evicting a rat who appears to have recently attempted to take up residence)  the cosmos have been pulled up and a new bay of compost has been started - all the unripe figs have been removed and they're on the compost too  and the front lawn has had a rain-shower on it to water the grass seed. 

Supper will be pasties and baked beans ... please will you lot make sure I stay awake until I've taken the cake out of the oven 

Wonky - love the chair trellis   Very good Wombling 

Mixing hyancith colours

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 15:45

It is most likely to do with the fact that different colours, i.e. different varieties, flower at different times, and most people want their hyacinths in the same container to flower at the same time.  

Water retaining gel

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 10:32

I tried using them one year but found they made absolutely no difference whatsoever to the amount of watering needed by my containers.

Since then I've done some reading on their effect in the environment and will not be using them again.

This is just one of the articles I've found worrying 

Is it dead and what is growing out of this!!!??

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 10:24

Hello Chloe and welcome 

I agree with everything that's been said, so I won't repeat - but just a thought to add - if you want the bed to look more 'complete' while waiting for the plants to grow and occupy more space, you could top dress the soil surface with some small grade bark chippings from the garden centre - just to make it look more finished - but you don't have to  - only if your fingers are itching to 'do something' 

Please help a very novice gardener with a climber

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 08:44

Don't plant the roses too close to the foot of the wall. Plant them a good eighteen inches to two feet away and train them back to the wall. Prepare the soil well, digging in plenty of organic matter. 

Also, please don't think that because the roses are in the ground they won't need watering. 

Walls create what is known as a 'rain shadow' which is drier than the area around it, and also walls act as sponges and soak up moisture from the soil.  Your roses will need looking after, but you will be well rewarded. Enjoy 

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