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What fertilizer to use

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 11:12

David, when was the Oak Tree planted;  did you prepare the soil and how; have you been watering it during dry spells?  We also need some clear photos of the situation.                                                                                                                     

I agree that in an established wood young trees will have a lot of difficulty trying to staying alive. Young Oak Trees are also known for being quite difficult to grow. They don't like considerable water fluctations and they are prone to a number of diseases. 

Using fertilizer now isn't a good idea because plants are going into Autumn-mode and it will be washed out by rain when the tree needs it next Spring. Also do not water too much as the leaves aren't there anymore to evaporate and the rootsystem might suffer a lack of oxygen. The advice that was given about fertilizing and mulching next Spring is good; do bare in mind that fertilizer and mulch should not come into contact with the stem of the tree, please. 

Leafless fuchsia

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 10:17

It certainly sounds like it's Fuchsia Rust. But a photo would make things a lot clearer for us. You can always check if the RHS has some information on it's website or Google for pictures.  

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 09:57

Morning all,  it's been quite a while since I have posted due to a major crash of my laptop.  So I had to wait till my brother had fixed it but as of yesterday evening I'm in full controll again, yay.     What seems a bit strange is that this message keeps coming up telling me the software I'm using is not legitimate.....but I still can use it.. 

In the meanwhile we managed to clear part of the garden of weeds, only a few perennial weeds left which seem to like our soil very much. Only two-thirds to go now. And because I still didn't manage to find a new job I've got loads of time on my hand to tackle Creeping Buttercups, Nettles and Thistles. I am planning to try some cardboard layers with compost in between to suppress the other weeds.

Lovely Cobea Pam. I tried them too and I found that they needed a lot of sunshine and watering as well. The first year, nothing. Second year loads of beautiful flowers.I grew purple/white ones. I'm no good at watering plants in containers so now the containers are getting bigger and bigger. At least that way it takes them longer to dry out.

Kate, why are you preparing for the winter already -planting season just started.

Green wall design for shady spot

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 09:06

I have taken an interest in vertical gardening lately and I think this might also be an idea you could use, at least for some part(s) of the wall. If you follow the link you'll see what I mean                              

Maybe it would be a nice idea to have 3 of these devided evenly against the wall and fill the parts that are left with ivy that would be growing from the top or from the bottom in the planters you would like to see.  


EDIT: The link won't show you the instruction right away but if you look for 'Vertical Garden by Floddertje' you've got the right one. Sorry 

Holes in Rose Leaves

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 13:49

Hmm, I tried the link myself and it doesn't work. Well, in that case google sactorose and you'll find a link to rose pests and diseases. You'll find the article there. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Holes in Rose Leaves

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 13:42

It is  most probably caused by Roseslugs which are larvae of Rose Sawflies. I found this for you:

They also explain how to get rid of these blighters. Hopefully that will do the trick. 

Plant identification

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 19:28

I think it's Campanula lactiflora 'Pritchard's Variety'. There have been some new introductions so I'm not totally sure but still 95%.

Fork Handles

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 15:20

Or.... is she getting married and this was an excercise for her hen party? 

You're welcome Kate.

Fork Handles

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 15:09

Here you are Kate.

Fork Handles

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 14:45

Good afternoon all,

Yesterday we came back home after a lovely holiday. We've been touring in Germany for about three weeks and have had all types of weather. Luckily we sleep in our own car otherwise we would have certainly been washed away in the Black Forest. Downpours and extremely heavy thunderstorms are not good for sleeping, that's for sure!! But a big piece of Black Forest Cake made up for it all.

I haven't seen too much of the Olympics but I did watch Andy and Roger; Andy fully deserved to win. I am now waiting for our "hero" (on the horizontal bar) to win tomorrow.

It's beautiful weather outside so I'm going to do some (very much needed) gardening. It seems we've had an explosion of weeds  



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