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Rust and Garlic

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 08:48

Hmm! maybe it looks like I will have to grow garlic in pots then! so much for companion planting!! Thanks for the info.

Acer problems

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 08:44

Really!!! I put it in a pot and pretty much left it!! I don't think I even potted it in ericaeous compost until I realised you were supposed to. My isn't very big, as I keep it in a pot, I didn't want it to grow really big, as I was living in a flat when I first bought it and it stayed outside the front door. I sprinkle a handful of ericaceous fertiliser on  it once a year. it is a Nadina Domestica (heavenly bamboo) the pot stands in a reletively sheltered spot with some afternoon sun. Sounds like I have been really lucky!

Basil

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 08:38

Hi, Thanks for the information, I will try the seeds again this year and maybe be a bit more patient with them. Obviously less is more, less plants in one pot! and i'll let the soil dry out more before watering.

Basil

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 09:09

Hi I have been trying for years to grow healthy Basil plants, I have tried seeds, plugs and those plants you get from the supermarket. The basil always seems to get so big, then the stems near the soil go black and it gets covered in tiny flies. I keep the plants on my kitchen window sill, as they are mediteranean plants, but this seems to happen every time!!! I don't want to spray them with insecticide, and whaen I used a soap solution the plant died spectacularly (although I suspect I may not have made the soap solution correctly ) any helpful hints would be much appreciated!!

Difference between garden centre and grocery store herbs

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 09:04

I've had 3 chive plants from a supermarket for about 5 years now. one I never planted on but leave outside, every year it dies back into the pot and then comes again the next year. I don't take out any of the old plant as this rots down for the new plant. I never have much luck with basil, but when I have transfered it into a bigger pot it does fine. I would suggest (for those of use who don't have natural green fingers) to plant it in a bigger pot and keep it indoors, this should let the roots mature a bit. Then once it appears to be happy you could then look at transfereing it to a cold frame to get it used to being outdoors. I have done this with herbs that thrive in this country, however I have never been able to get Basil to work. I'm just too much of an amateur I think

Rust and Garlic

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 08:51

I planted lots of garlic this year, mainly 'cos I like garlic but also as a companion plant for the strawberries. This year all my garlic has succumbed to rust. I have read that you should plant garlic for 5 years if the soil has rust.  as my garden is quite small there is no other area that will be suitable for garlic. Does anyone know any cures for getting rid of rust?

Acer problems

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 08:48

Good link thanks , I will check to make sure that the plant is not waterlogged. I planted it on a slope so hopefully it's not too waterlogged. I have some ericaceous fertilizer that I have for a Nadina that has to be in ericaceous compost, I will add some of this to the Acer which should lift the acidity a little, as the link mentioned they like slighty acidic conditions. My wormery is producing some fantastic compost so I can use this as mulch and I often use the rotting leaves dropped from the tree next door to create mulch for the other plants, so I will add some of this to ensure that the base of the tree doesn't get too frosted. Hopefully this will work!! It is in the corner of my garden which gets the less intense afternoon sun and is fully protected from wind, so this should be a good spot for it! Thanks for the advise.

Acer problems

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 12:54

Hi I have an acer that I planted this year, it is really small and quite young. The soil is high in clay so I made sure that I mixed sand and compost around the roots to try and improve drainage. All the new growth has now died. leaving bare stalks sticking out of the plant. The original foliage looks fine. Is this just something that happens with plants getting used to the new surroundings or is this something I need to solve? any ideas?

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Discussions started by Kes

Basil

How do you get healthy plants? 
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Last Post: 08/07/2013 at 18:58

Rust and Garlic

Any ideas to get rid of rust??? 
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Last Post: 03/10/2012 at 14:49
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