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Euonymus - recently moved, now turning red

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 08:55

Hi, Is there anyone can advise me? I am beginning to think I have a disease affecting many of plants and shrubs. The leaves start to go brown and die (but not the plant)or curl up. Last year my  sweet peas looked very healthy but then started with the very tips of the plant and new buds dying back. I have heard Epsom salts as a folder spray can help fortify plants and make them stronger and more resistant but I am not sure if it would cure this I neither have the energy or the finance to replace affected plants and I know there are many diseases out there. I garden organically so chemicals are out of the question. Any help would be much appreciated.

frog mortality

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 20:12

Thank you Ame. How horrible for you Pam finding your toads like that. I hope the virus David Attenborough was talking about is not the one hitting our frogs.


Update on new wildlife pond

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:34

Hi Esspee, Don,t think you need to worry. I have watched tadpoles and see most of them chomping around the side of my pond. I think they also thrive on algae unseen to our eyes. The same way my water snails do(which miraculously seem to come from nowhere! Just make sure you have enough oxygenating plants and the pond will look after itself. A word of warning though. In a spell of very dry weather, NEVER top up with tap water. Use water from a water butt. Good luck and enjoy all the tiny critters that will inhabit very soon.

frog mortality

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:18

AHAA! All is not lost!! Have just had a quick look round ny pond. The rain and wind over the last couple of days have swished the spawn aroud a bit to reveal some taddies from the centre and they appear to be growing. Will keep an eye on them.

frog mortality

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 08:23

That may be a good idea Annie, as for the disease being airborn, I don,t think the experts know. I have contacted Froglife again to give them an update but have yet to hear from them. 

frog mortality

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 15:44

Thank you Dovefrom above. I have a friend in Norfolk that I am going to ring in a moment. No doubt she will poke fun at our rainy month too!!!

aym280 Froglife might be interested in your frog deaths as well. Sounds like the same problem.

frog mortality

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 12:28

Hello everyone, I am feeling sad, glad, and downright fed up today. Sad because I have found most of my frog population dead at the bottom of my pond and some outside in my borders. This has happened over a couple of months since their arrival. I had a couple of dead ones last year but thought they were probably old ones so normal. I have contacted Frog life and apparently there is a mystery disease, but they were very interested the fact I live in the northwest! Also the spawn is not developing even though I can see the tiny tadpoles! 

I am glad because my garden is now attracting lots of creatures and birds to include  a sparrowhawk and more recently a reed hunting pecking around picking up the crumbs. Wonderful! 

I'm fed up due to a chest complaint sapping my energy, the bad weather up here and consequently boring me out of my head!!  Ah well! I,'ve always got my GW. mag. Have a nice bank hols.

Daffodils havent break through turf?

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 15:05

Hi Jo. I planted quit a few te-ta-te in autumn and like your daffs they have come up blind (I think that's the term used) The pot did get flooded at one point till I lifted it up onto some bricks but others have not done very well either! 

Waitrose and Slugs

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 17:12

Thanks Linda, The fact that cats hide their mess in our gardens means that only gardeners get to see it so joe public never complain. The cat worm by the way is killer!!!

Waitrose and Slugs

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 11:21

Hi everyone! Just been reading about the slugs, My problem are cats! I love them but not on my garden! I think it's about time legislation was brought in to keep them in at night. We dog owners have to pick up the mess but cat owners get away with it Scott free!!!


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