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Mystery Strawberry Ailment and Advice

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 14:22

They look quite congested Rob. Is there a reason for having them in pots in the ground rather than directly in the ground itself?

I get a bit of damage on mine as time goes on, which is normal, and I remove any dead or ropey looking leaves. This also helps sun and heat into the fruits themselves. Something that's been in short supply this year! 

As with many plants - especially fruiting ones - good air flow is important. If the plants still seem viable, I'd space them out a bit and get them in the ground. If your ground's not brilliant, you can keep them in pots or troughs, but give them plenty of space. A potash feed to help with fruiting is useful earlier in the season. I give mine a bit of tomato food when they get going, but I don't coddle them too much either. Soft plants are more susceptible to pests and diseases.

Mine are all in pots as I had nowhere for them to go when I moved here. They'll probably just stay in them. 

Clematis that doesn't want to flower

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 08:09

The Acer will be competing for water Robert - that's vital for the continued success of your clematis. 

The bigger the Acer, the more nutrients it will take out the ground. You may need to rethink the position of the clematis.

That's my best suggestion without seeing a pic or getting more info. Any more info you can offer will help with further advice from others  

My little blank canvas

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 08:06

Good to hear you're being positive DD - despite the inevitable 'fallout'. Know the feeling only too well.

I had to rent for a year or so, and the garden was less than inspiring. I did as most people have suggested - pots. I grew my sweet peas as always, and bought a couple of things which I brought with me to this house. I didn't have much time to spend anyway as I had to go back to the house in all my spare time to finish the work  necessary to get it sold. It's something you might want to bear in mind too - the time you have available is a big factor.

You'll make it your own - for as long as you're there.  

We're all here to keep you going anyway...you didn't think you'd get rid of us that easily did you?  

100 Free bulbs

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 07:58

Think they're ok for seeds and bulbs usually ecokid. Many people have used them for that. 

The sphaerocephalons are lovely - I usually get mine locally - never too expensive 


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 07:56

Morning all/afties Pat. Your pic sums up teenagers nowadays!  

Dull here but dry so hopefully I'll get something done after work. Weather forecast looking very iffy at the moment Joyce. It's been changing every couple of hours in the last day or two, but ok for tomorrow morning so I might head up to Lochearnhead to do the Corbett next to Ben Vorlich, before the rain gets going. Winds will be strong so I'll need my poles to lean on...  

My grass may have to wait...


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 20:23

Never grown it myself, but the north east tends to be slightly colder and drier than here in the west. It's one of those plants that you can try but it may not be brilliant long term.  

I reckon it's like lavender-  if you can give it enough drainage and light it does ok in some areas. They usually like similar conditions IMO. 


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 20:04

Verd - 'plant where it is as warm as possible and as free draining as possible' ....

It's Scotland the boy's in, remember....  

Good luck Dave. If it's reasonably sheltered, and the ground's well enough drained, you might get away with it. The last couple of winters haven't been too bad but we're due another hefty one soon up here I think. Cold is ok, it's the cold, wet soil that's the problem for those particular plants.  

Oh no !!!

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 19:50

That's ideal Brickman. All she needs to do is keep to the same watering regime you've had. Chopping and changing is what leads to problems.No need to feed or anything else. If they're in a greenhouse or similar, she just has to keep them ventilated.Same as the watering - keep to the same method you've had. 

It's only a week  - I'm sure they'll survive  


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 19:22

Evening all. I see you've been chatting about allsorts....I like the little bobbly ones..

I've also instantly forgotten what everyone's been up to  

Enjoy your hol Hostie. Don't get up to any mischief though  

Happy aniversary to those that are having them. Any cake?   

DD - words fail me with your situation. You're entitled to some of the proceeds from your business. Don't know how you go about getting your fair share though. 

Very autumnal here. The rowans have been looking bonny for a few weeks - they all seem to be nicely red/orange now though. The constant rain yesterday has washed my gravel - which was handy  

Is it ok to hard prune clematis affected by powdery mildew

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 18:20

You can train horizontally as well as vertically to give more flowering lower down Newb. That's normal. You can also wind them round a support, as you already describe, but you just have to be aware of the conditions they're growing in. They need a lot of moisture at the roots - damp soil but not sitting in a permanent puddle.

If you grow them more vertically, it pays to have some other planting at their feet to hide the bare stems lower down  

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