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Latest posts by Leggi

Hollyhock Rust?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 21:29

Thanks Alina, that's most appreciated. 

Hollyhock Rust?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 14:53

Thanks Lyn. That's quite annoying as up till a few days ago I just had the one plant and didn't even know rust existed. Since spotting some nice healthy looking ones on a garden centre discount shelf this week I now have five more, I'm tempted to pull up the infected one and plant the new ones there. If I do this what spray should I be using against rust in future?

Scale Insects on my rose

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 14:30

I has this problem on my acer earlier this year. I made a mix with fairy liquid and water in a bottle, mixed it by shaking, then used the foam only from the top only to wash them off with an old cloth and paper towels to dry it after. I've checked today and it's still clear of the pests, although washing the stems in this way with a rose bush is obviously going to be harder because of the prickles. Maybe you could use an old sponge instead of the cloth. Let us know what you choose and the results anyway.

Hollyhock Rust?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 14:23

Whilst spraying against blackfly on my Verbascums this afternoon I noticed something wrong on the underside of my hollyhock leaves. Is it rust? And any tips on treating it please? I've read to remove affected leaves, but this would leave the plant bare, would an insectisidal soap wash help or would that be pointless in this instance? Thanks.






Posted: 19/07/2013 at 00:01

What a difference a year makes. This time last year I was regularly 'catching' 40-50 slugs and snails a night, this year I've seen so few I haven't needed to go out at night at all and there's little to no damage on plants either. I do have a sneaking suspicion that this year will be known as the year of the aphid though.

Pest problem on Allotment

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 21:58

Loads of legs would suggest they're not wireworm. I should learn to read properly

Pest problem on Allotment

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 21:47

Wireworms probably, although they usually eat the potatoes.

Is it blight

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 12:29

Yeah first earlies should take about 12 weeks until they are ready to be dug up. They don't all show the same signs of being ready though.


Posted: 15/07/2013 at 20:43

I've often seen ground like that in dry spells when out walking in the countryside. I wouldn't worry about it, just when ground gets as dry as that it takes an awful lot of water to rehydrate it (will happen naturally as soon as we get some wet weather of course), especially if it's a patch which normally holds moisture well.

As said above if you're really worried check the deeds but it's likely to just be this long dry spell.

Raised Beds - green manure or plant quick crop?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 21:04

Forgot to add the RHS have a good summary of what each manure is useful for.


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