Latest posts by frensclan

Blueberry tree leaves have gone brown and dropped off

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 20:01

I have 7 blueberry bushes bought from various sources from Aldi to a local garden centre. Some do very well others less so. The ones I have in pots fare best as I can control the soil conditions better. I must admit that I just put them in pots and let them get on with it only watering if it gets really dry in the summer. So far I have had really good crops and this the 4th year will be the first one when  I will start to feed them as I don't want to repot them. The one I got free from a magazine although it took a year or two to get going is now doing really well and the others all seem to have flowers and leaves starting to show well. I am in the far north west of England so depending on where you are and your local climate conditions would expect the shrubs to be coming into flower and leaf by now.

Like others above I think you have done the right thing and if it were me I would be taking them back to the supplier and asking for replacements of refunds.

planting wild garlic that's in the green

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 14:38

On a totally different tack I planted woodruff in a similar situation and this provides a lovely ground covering mound of bright green foliage with lots of white flowers in the spring. Beware as like wild garlic it is a bit of a thug but easily removed if necessary. As my soil was so poor and under very old trees it was just what I needed though.

Autumn planted garlic

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 14:35

Tried to post before I logged in so here goes again!!! A couple of years ago I planted autumn garlic onions etc. as I was going to be away the following spring for a couple of months. On my return in April last year I found similar conditions to those you describe. Basically I just left well alone, weeded fed and watered when required and enjoyed lovely garlic which lasted until about a month ago. Although they did yellow with a bit of heat and plenty of water they soon put on new growth and swelled out nicely. I have done the same again this year and hope for a similar result.

Pont SOS

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 09:51

Thanks for the advice everyone. I know it is not blanket weed as I have that every year later on. It sounds like a bloom although the water underneath is clearish. Because I have a certain amount of plant detritus in the bottom it is always a bit browny! I leave it there as it is full of little creatures and until this spring haven't had much of a problem. Perhaps pouring the many buckets of rainwater in a few weeks ago stirred it all up and started things going. I have added the barley straw extract and  will now leave well alone and see what happens as I cant fish the stuff out without risking damaging the various spawn in among it.

Can anyone add to this list?

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 17:54

I am frequently to be found upside down in the "green bin" searching for ; well usually my secateurs (ancient and much loved) and if not these my trowel or fork. I always try to remind myself not to put them in my trug whilst weeding or some such activity but within moments of getting out into my garden have forgotten this advice so absorbed am I with the business in hand!  Being quite short and depending on the depths I have to scrabble to I can almost disappear although I have yet to completely fall in. Perhaps I should not have had that thought. Ahh! Happy Days  

Fruit trees - plum and apple

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 17:46

I have a mini orchard in the back garden with plum, damson, crab apple and apple trees and a couple of reluctant pears which have been in for 3yrs now. Last year the plum tree did have flowers but no fruit as we had a couple of nasty late frosts that did for the flowers. This year more flowers and hoping for no more frosts although here in the north west nothing is certain till the end of May!!!

Pont SOS

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 17:41

Thanks for that Edd. Just noticed that I have said Pont!!! It has been a long day and not supper time yet. I have some barley straw liquid stuff I bought last year do you think I should give it a dose of this also or just leave well alone for now?

Pont SOS

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 17:18

I hope someone can advise about a problem I have with my small wildlife pond. It has been in for 3yrs now and has well established planting both in and around. Till this spring I have had only the usual blanket/pond weed problem brought in with an early plant when I was a total novice!!!

Over the last couple of weeks I have noticed a growing amount of green frothy stuff on the surface of the pond. When I first saw it I started to net it out but found I was catching newt spawn so have replaced this and left well alone. I did treat the water with an organic algae product but this does not seem to have helped. I have replaced my barley straw sock with fresh straw but am not sure what to do next.

There does not seem to be any algae under the surface of the water but it is all mixed in with the marginal plants and covered about half the surface of the water.

Does anyone recognise this and also I would be grateful for any advice on how to treat without jeopardising the frog and newt spawn. It is a still pond that I top up with rain water. I did put in a whole water but full in about 4 weeks ago as it had got very low in the winter months and wonder if this might have been the cause. It was quite clear so not sure if it is connected.

Farmyard manure ....what exactly is it these days?

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 20:01

I bought some bags from my local garden centre back end of last year and when I opened them up to mulch the smell was awful. Had it been an animal smell great but mostly smelled of creosote. When I went back to complain I was told that the animals bedding had probably been changed. Needless to say I won't be going back. Currently looking out for a local supply from a farm. Nor so easy these days though.

Lidl surprises

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 10:02

We got our TV from Lidl aver 6 years ago and it is great. Half the price of the same model in Tesco so very satisfied customer.

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