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Pyrocanthus dying ?

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 22:36

Thanks for that. Just looked it up on the RHS site and your diagnosis seems spot on. I'll put some of their recommendations into motion tomorrow and see what happens next year.

Pyrocanthus dying ?

Posted: 27/08/2017 at 20:20

My well established, 15 + years, Pyrocanthus was absolutely covered in the most vivid orange berries, up until last week. Now the berries are shrivelling up and falling as are the leaves. Can anybody throw any light on the issue ?
Many thanks in anticipation.

Choosing seeds

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 20:19

Thanks Pete. It looks perfect but at £3.99 for 4 seeds I might look for other options. I usually lose quite a bit to snails and would like a few plants to survive.

Choosing seeds

Posted: 09/02/2017 at 16:53

It's that time of the year again. I'm looking to start off some cucumbers to grow on in the greenhouse. I'd like a sweetish, compact grower as there are only two of us and often end up composting most of the normal size fruits. Any suggestions please ?

Pinching out chrysanths

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 22:15

When should I stop pinching out autumn flowering chrysanths  and just leave them to themselves.

Ants in the greenhouse

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 22:51

Tried drenching them yesterday but they're still firmly in residence today. If I use a proprietary ant killer presumably this year's figs will be inedible. I have about ten ripening nicely.

Ants in the greenhouse

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 19:08

I wonder if anybody has some advice please. I have a fig in a pot in my greenhouse but it has been inhabited by a large colony of ants. I am loathe to kill them as they seem harmless little creatures but will they cause long term damage to the plant if left alone ?

Many thanks in anticipation.


Posted: 08/11/2015 at 22:04

That's good enough for me pansy face. Just looked at them on Google and the shape and colouration look the same. I'm most grateful.


Posted: 08/11/2015 at 20:23

Just picked up these windfalls. Does anybody have an idea on the variety ?

Many thanks.


Tomato Seeds from this years fruit

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 20:14

I didn't realise it was that technical. I normally just rinse through over ripe fruit and dry the seeds on kitchen roll. I will certainly try fermentation this year. Just to show how resilient tomato seeds are though, I spread my compost bin on one of my beds in the spring and I still have several healthy Gardeners Delight fruiting at the moment courtesy of a few seeds that slipped through last year.

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