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Bonsai in a barbecue ice bucket

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:19

I have just realised that you asked what I planted it in. It was put in ordinary potting compost. Could that cause the problem?

Bonsai in a barbecue ice bucket

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 14:47

Not a silly question philipa smith 2 as I did not when I first put it in and someone pointed out my mistake on the same day...........fortunately. I don't have enough room for an oak tree in my tiny garden so maybe it needs rescuing?

Under watering is a distinct possibility  Fleurisa,as I have under watered other plants.

For a relatively new gardener it is difficult to know what to water and when. I get told that if I water too much I make the roots lazy and if I water too much I dehydrate the plants and make them ill. Such a steep learning curve.

Bonsai in a barbecue ice bucket

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 17:14

I rescued a tiny oak sapling last year and planted it in a barbeque ice bucket and it thrived but then it got powdery mouldy patches(?) all over the leaves. So I took off those leaves and more grew back and it looked splendiferous and now the mouldy powdery patches are back. I think the tree must be about 3 years old.

What are these patches and when can I do about them?

Hypericum and ants

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 17:02

My hypericums got over run with ants and I searched the net and came across the idea of putting mint right next to the stem. So I treated each hyperucum to a mint plant from Sainsbury's and the ants left! I have watched these plants for weeks now and the ants have stayed away and I cut the mint down when it got overgrown and it has thrived.

Just thought I would let people know about this as I think it is amazing!

Garden Idiot

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 18:29

My problem with my next door neighbour was looked into by the health section of the council and was more to do with dog mess.

They were visited and then they threatened me so I called the neighbourhood copper and asked her to "show the uniform" which she did.

I tell you this because the fire brigade may not have time to do anything so you are best off to report to the council and let them take steps for your health and safety and also for the safety of the children so report to social services as well.

You can bet these people will not want to be bothered by council officials calling on them and you may save a child's life.

Good luck

Black Spot

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 16:39

Thank you Buddyboy. My concern about the watering comes from the fact that my attempt at daffodils failed dismally due to the rainfall on top of the fact that it is a north facing garden and heavy clay soil. Even the squirrels did not like my daffodils and took one bite and threw them aside..

I water every third day because I read it somewhere and it all looks reasonable so far.

I do find my roses a problem as they seem to be the prima donnas of the garden wanting so much attention or they go mouldy and spotty. I have now got 3 Kew and they are brilliant and prolific.

Black Spot

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 15:46

actually, rosemummy, I was wondering if it is a serious suggestion or someone being a bit silly. I know so little about gardening I would not know the difference and I am hoping someone on this forum does.


I had some black things growing on nasturtiums and I got rid of those with little jets of water so I was looking for an equally plant friendly answer to those black spots on my rose.

Black Spot

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 18:19

I looked for organic remedies to the black spot problem and came across

1part milk to 8 parts water

ditto but with vinegar

ditto with baking powder.

ditto all 3 mixed in.

It does occur to me that if these organic remedies are good then it would not keep saying to repeat the spraying!!!

Has anyone tried these methods?

Also what does "water stressed" mean? To much water or too little!

what to do about offers that dont offer

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 08:27

I still have not received the secateurs that were part of the subscription offer.

Maybe by posting this they might magically appear tomorrow.

what to do about offers that dont offer

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 19:48

The plants arrived today!!! They were posted on Tuesday and I put my moan on this forum yesterday.

Also yesterday my first issue of the magazine on subscription arrived.

I feel sure telepathy is involved here somewhere.

The secateurs have not arrived yet but I am now sure they will come tomorrow.

Incidentally the plants all look quite perky and are all potted.

Thank you.

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