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Talkback: Garden foxes

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 19:53
Yes, they're a right pain in the backside - walking over the vegetable plot, seed beds etc. I try to keep them out but to little avail.

What's the best form of deterrent - ultrasound, chemical sprays etc...??

Clematis Florida Sieboldii

Posted: 29/11/2012 at 21:16

Thanks for all the comments. they've been in the pot 2-4 years (2 plants put in at separate times.) The first one suffered clematis wilt about 3 years ago during August but it came again. I fed them earlier in the year. I'll cut them back hard in spring.

Clematis Florida Sieboldii

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 23:04

I have had a couple of these plants in a large pot and they have not produced a flower for a couple of years; however, in the last 2 weeks suddenly around 10 flowers have appeared.

Why should this be so?



Posted: 17/08/2012 at 09:25

Thanks for your help.


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 00:10

Thank you folks. I confess, at times, the plants do get a bit droopy so we water them well - but we do try to keepthe growbags damp all the time! 


Posted: 16/08/2012 at 19:34

Our first tomato to ripen (i a growbag in the greenhouse) has got blossom end rot. Is that due to ove or under watering?

Drooping acer leaves

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 13:52

The leaves on an acer platanoides tree which was planted at vour local hospice two years ago have suddenly gone all droopy and limp. We know the ground does get wet where we out it and I wondered if the recent rains have affected it.

Any thoughts on the cause and, more importantly, have we lost it?


Posted: 28/04/2012 at 17:21

Thanks, folks. As I have just reported in another post on cucumbers, the frost killed 3 of my 4 plants that were in the greenhouse. (Two were in growbags and 2 in large pots) Have now bought a plant from the local garden centre - which I am tempted to keep indoors for 2-3 weeks! 


Posted: 28/04/2012 at 17:16

3 of the 4 I had in my greenhouse have now died - it was probably the frost 2-3 weeks ago. I resorted to buying a plant from the local garden centre yesterday.


Posted: 16/03/2012 at 10:30

I have just germinated 4 cucumber seeds (Suttons Byblos) in individual pots on a heated seed propagator.  As soon as the seedlings appeared I took the plants off the heat and put them on the window cill. in a bedroom.

The stems are now between 4 and 5 inches long (i.e. before the seedling leaves) and will soon need support I feel. Why does this happen as, when one sees small cucumber plants in garden centres over the next few weeks, their stems below the leaves are minimal?

I presume when I plant them into grow bags I can bury the plants up to the first seedling leaves.

Any thoughts?

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