Emma Crawforth

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sambucus black lace cutting back? confusing advice

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 17:07

Hello Joan 3,

A Sambucus 'Black Lace' would usually like a bigger root run than you can give it in a 45cm diameter pot, even if you plan to cut it down to get good foliage each year. Why not try using your pot for an alternative black foliage plant, for example you could put in three plants of Actaea 'Black Negligee', which would look splendid.


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Posted: 08/06/2012 at 16:18

Hello Moonlit Hare,

You'll need to keep your leeks well watered (no problem with the weather we're having at the moment) and weed around them. Weeding with onions and leeks is usually easy as you can tell the weeds from the crop without difficulty most of the time. Hoe between plants on dry days to keep weed growth down. They like soil that has been improved with manure so that's something to bear in mind when you're preparing the soil for next year's crop! Another point for next year is that the easiest planting method involves making large holes and simply watering the plants in. Have a look at Monty's video on leek planting for how to do this. After planting you can gradually earth up around leeks to get a nice white stem. I hope you get a good crop.


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Plant identifying help

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 15:11

Hello Rushie,

Ceanothus is a shrub that can grow to many different heights and widths. Fortunately, as yours is in a hanging basket, it is one of the lower growing ones - that's why it's called repens, which means creeping. Nevertheless it could ultimately grow to 3m wide and 1m tall, so you will need to replant it at some stage. In the meantime, I hope you've had some lovely blue flowers on it this year.


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netting brassicas

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 15:02

Hello lilylouise,

I love your husband's use of yoghurt drink pots to keep the mesh suspended on the sticks. I usually fix some horizontal bamboo to my verticals, but I'm going to try your method next time.


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Mystery plant

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 14:53

Hello debanslow,

What a pretty thing! It's a hibiscus, and from the colour of the flower I would say it's not hardy. Hopefully it will be OK in your flower bed over summer, but if you want to keep it alive when autumn comes you'll need to plant it in a pot and bring it indoors. After that, keep it warm, give it plenty of water and feed it. If the weather looks like it might be cold at night time, you could put some fleece over it to keep it warm.

Good luck,


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Flippin' pigeons

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 17:19

The pigeons ate my newly planted cabbages while I was on holiday. In a forgetful moment I'd left them uncovered and gone away. However, if I'd been thinking, I would have placed netting over the cabbages / set up windmills near them or set out strings. In the past I've kept them off my crops by all of the above methods. It works well because they don't like going anywhere that could trap them. However, if you're on an allotment they'll just end up visiting your unprotected neighbours' plots instead.


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chickens and slug pellets

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 16:59

Hello chicken keepers,

There are a range of chicken-safe ways of controlling slugs in our slug advice. Anything under the heading organic should be safe for chickens. Pippa uses nematodes to control hers (as well as feeding the slugs to the chickens).


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Posted: 24/05/2012 at 15:50

Have a look at our list of plants that slugs tend to avoid. However, we do say that these plants may not be totally immune to slugs. They're definitely worth a try though.

Something is eating my radish!

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 15:41

Hello LizG,

It sounds like cabbage root fly, which attacks radishes as well as cabbages. Destroy your crop without composting it and sow your next batch in a different place, then cover it with fleece. The pest enjoys the cool wet conditions we had at the start of the month. Hopefully it's not enjoying the current heatwave!


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May In Your Garden

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 15:14

Hello Rainjustlearning,

It looks like a white lilac to me. Have a look at these pictures, and see if they match up with the plant in your friend's garden.


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