Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Covering Leylandii

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 13:42

Ah, I understand     Mind you, it's very tempting sometimes ...

Covering Leylandii

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 13:14

Steve - think the leylandii in question belong to the neighbour!!!   Might cause disharmony if the Amateur Gardener gets them taken down out of hand!

Which rose

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 12:33

A bit of a shot in the dark, but it reminds me of this one

climbing rose

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 12:29

Thanks Cathy

climbing rose

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 12:25

Alex   Do you mean there are tall shoots coming from the base of the plant?  If so then they need training sideways too so that they too produce side shoots.

Maybe the old canes are ready to take right out so that they're replaced by the new canes.

Info here

climbing rose

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 11:50

Hi Alex - have a look at this video

It will explain how to stimulate the growth of side shoots which produce the blooms

Fruit Set

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 11:15

I'll have to make one


Fruit Set

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 10:58

Yes pinch out the top shoots and steam them and toss them in butter and black pepper - delicious - the addition of some crispy fried bacon bits is heavenly

black fly, green fly etc

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 10:48

Yes, you only need a small squirt per pint of lukewarm water - I use Ecover.   But I only do this as a last resort and haven't had to do it for a couple of years now, which is a good thing because soapy water still harms beneficial insects as well as the aphids.

I've encouraged beneficial insects and birds into the garden and they keep the aphids down to a minimum - when the aphids first appear earlier in the season if there are any bad infestations I brush most of them off with my fingers or use a jet of water from the hosepipe.  Otherwise the ladybirds, wasps and bluetits deal with them.  No problem.

Fruit Set

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 10:42

Dawn, I think that you may have read something that's been explained badly.

I think that what you're being told to do is to pinch out the growing tips of the broad bean plants when the lowest beans have begun to form.

There's a video here to show you how to do it

and as it says, cook and eat those shoots - they're a treat I look forward to every year

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