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Last few mystery plants in my garden - Help please...

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 11:17

I agree, privet has not got a lot of charm and is the first I'd get rid of.

Hazel has a useful characteristic: for centuries it has been "coppiced" to create hedges and provide sticks. If you cut it right back, it will grow back with a number of new, thinner stems. It is also used in traditional hedge-laying because of this. Yours may already have had this done before, judging from the photo. Whether you want it to carry on as a shrubby, hedgy sort of plant is up to you and may depend on the space available. You may get nuts from it in the autumn (but squirrels may get there first) and in the spring it has catkins.

Accidental application of Pathclear to runner bean plants

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 21:07

I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that weedkiller had been used close to where crops on sale had been grown - it could be quite common and we wouldn't know.I've seen field margins of crop fields that appeared to have been treated with herbicide.

feeding tomatoes

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 20:01

We are told that the time to start feeding is when the first tomatoes set - when the first trusses have tiny fruits visible. Mine are almost there now, with the odd mini-fruit appearing, and I intend to feed them next week.

Accidental application of Pathclear to runner bean plants

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 19:15

I honestly think that if the plants are not affected enough to prevent cropping, it's very unlikely that there would be any harm in consuming them. Things that kill plants aren't necessarily harmful to humans, and things that fail to kill plants are not going to be present in the crop at any significant level anyway, let alone do any harm to anyone who eats the crop.

Fungicides for fruit and veg

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 18:57

Diluted milk is also supposed to help combat fungal infections. Can't remember the proportions but it can probably be googled for. As with bicarb, it's probably not legal but is unlikely to harm you. I've never tried it.

The other solution is simply to cut back all the affected growth and let the plant regrow. This can work for rust on chives, and white moulds on leafy crops like chard and some ornamentals.

Accidental application of Pathclear to runner bean plants

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 14:33

I would think nearby crops would be safe to eat. If the crops have survived, they can't have taken up much of the chemicals. 

tomatoes is this normal?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 14:30

It's funny how the best thing seems to be to avoid watering the leaves, while nature has arranged things otherwise and insists on watering from above!

Fungicides for fruit and veg

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 14:27

Vitax Organic 2 in 1 spray is still around, and claims to help prevent or slow down fungal attacks (nothing cures them!).  It also limits damage from aphids etc.

More Peas?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 23:18

They are also good for growing pea sprouts for salads etc. As they're so cheap, you can plant them really thickly and they don't take long. I used the packets of marrowfat peas  - Bachelors, I think. 

Allotments and creatures.

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 10:15

Pea weevils won't do.much harm once the plants are established, but they can harm little seedlings. My solution is to put a little ant powder between the rows. This is probably against EU regulations, so I won't tell you where I live, or the Pesticide Police will be knocking on my door.

Timber yards and landscaping businesses, such as you'd find on a small industrial estate,  sometimes have offcuts of perfectly good timber that they just chuck away and might let you have if you ask.

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