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Honey Fungus: What To Grow?

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 15:25

Armillotox doesn't work on Honey Fungus, although it has been advocated as a remedy in the past. Armillotox is no longer permitted to be sold as a soil treatment because of EU regulations about toxicity, so can't be promoted as such by the manufacturer. It is still recommended as a cleaner for greenhouses, pots etc.. 

It is unlikely that anything you do will stop it spreading to nearby shrubs and trees, other than removing infected plants and replacing with resistant species. As Matty says, google the RHS for best advice. 

Twisted Willow

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:35

As Obelixx advises, remove straight stems. the twisted willow has been grafted onto a different rootstock, and the straight stems are from this. They will eventually take over. I doubt if you will get any shoots of the twisted cultivar coming up from ground level, so remove them as soon as you see them. If you can, remove them up close to the root underground. 

Honey Fungus: What To Grow?

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:28

This should give you all you need.

What exactly is full sun/part shade?

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:24

Part shade means that the plant is in the line of sight of the sun for roughly half the day in summer, I think. 


Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:22

Seed compost has hardly any fertiliser because some seeds germinate less well when fertilizer is present. Potting compost has a full dose of fertilizers. Multipurpose compost is a sort of half way house. I doubt if the strength of fertilzer will make much difference for most types of seed. 

The composition of the base material (peat or peat substitute) varies a great deal, and manufacturers have struggled to find an alternative to peat that works as well for seed germination. Apparently the difference is not so important for potting on, but there seems to be quite a variation when it comes to seedlings. 

I know that last year there were lots of complaints about the quality of various composts (I know Wickes was one) where you could see bits of recycled plastic and other rubbish) so goodness knows what else was being chucked in, such as shreddings of wood chips from wood that had been preservative treated). 

Trouble is, if you expect to pay  £4 or less for 60 litres of a bulky material that costs a lot to handle, ship and store, then you should be wary about what you are getting. I pay extra for a good quality seed compost. It may cost quite a bit more, but when you think of the extra cost per seed trayful and compare it to the cost of seed and your time, and the end result when successful, the extra cost is peanuts.  For potting on I am  less fussy. 



What does rotivation do?

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 20:30

My little Mantis did the job for me, Woodgreen. I did lift clods with a spade to start with and let them dry out, but after that the rotovator did the rest. And it was very sticky clay. It was a newbuild house and the builders had compacted it with their machinery. I couldn't do anything with it until after I had improved it with with 60 bags of manure, 30 bags of sharp sand and 10 bags of gypsum plaster in a 60 square metre plot, all worked in with the Mantis. I was lucky with the weather, three weeks without rain in spring, but I couldn't have done it with a spade - just didn't have the time or energy. 

Neighbor waterproofing fence and my vegetables!

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 14:28

If your neighbour used Cuprinol Spray preservative, this might reassure you:


"Cuprinol One Coat Sprayable Fence Treatment has been specially formulated to work with the Cuprinol Sprayers to colour and protect rough sawn timber in a fraction of the time. Its special pigments ensure rich colour and even coverage in just one coat. Cuprinol One Coat Sprayable Fence Treatment is quick drying, low odour and safe to use around plants and pets."



Standard red robin - poorly!!!

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 14:20

Photinia is prone to its own version of Rose Black Spot, and should be treated in the same way. Remove affected leaves ( it may look very bare for a while but will recover) and pick up any fallen leaves. Spray new growth with a fungicide like Systhane.

It spreads through a photinia by means of raindrops landing on an affected leaf and splashing onto other leaves. 

Neighbor waterproofing fence and my vegetables!

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 14:15

It's highly unlikely that he is using anything toxic, unless he has access to controlled industrial product. Creosote was banned years ago in Europe. 

Are you sure it's not just a preservative. If it's a waterproofing product such as a silicone rubber one then it would only need to be done once, not every year. Spray preservatives are usually just that, they preserve the wood, letting moisture in and out but stopping fungal rot.

A few years ago I noticed that in one section of my garden the plants had been attacked by what looked like downy mildrew, brown spots. It was even on my holly. I sprayed with fungus Fighter. A month later I noticed that all the new growth was healthy, and then the penny dropped. I asked my neighbour if he had used spray preservativbe, and he admitted that his son had got carried away with their new sprayer. All my plants survived and thrived. 

Bay tree root eradication

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 14:02

I had one removed last year. A guy came with a stump grinder, but after he had gone I had to dig out lateral roots with a mattock and pruning saw. bays can produce suckers so I didn't want to take any chances. I then sowed grass seed (it was mid August) and within 6 weeks it was all greened over. The best time to resow is mid August, or right now. If you leave it till May it could be too hot for good germination. 

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