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Latest posts by Leggi

Leaf Curl

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 14:21

Leaf curl is normally a temperature issue I think, but there are people with a lot more knowledge than me on here though. A picture of the yellowing leaves might help too.

Japanese maple in pest catastrophy

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 12:49

I noticed these on mine a few weeks ago without knowing what they were. I've just removed them all by making a foam from fairy liquid and water mixed together and using a cloth to wipe them all off. Will this be sufficient or should I be looking in to treating with something stronger? 

I'll keep an eye out for them now as the Acer is one of my favourites.

Poorly tomato plant

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 20:35

Thanks, have passed your advice on. I'm sure I'll be on to bother you again in a few weeks time with my own tommies.

Poorly tomato plant

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 17:08


I think this is one of the worst affected leaves, any advice I can pass on would be most appreciated Italophile.


Poorly tomato plant

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 15:28

I was sent this picture from my brother who lives in Bulgaria asking what's up with his tomatoes today. I think there's a few problems going on here including the leaf curl which is probably down to the unseasonable wet and cold weather most of Central Europe has been suffering with this year. The brown spots on the leaves are a worry though and the yellowing, I've suggested a magnesium deficiency but am hoping a more experienced eye might be able to shed some more light on the issues.

In short, what's up with it?

Tomato plants

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 00:05

I noticed the first flower buds on mine today, the relatively warm weather and potting the plants on has helped them greatly. Glad yours have caught up too Jess.

grannys bonnet

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 23:16

Has anyone had any luck growing chrysantha from seed? I have one and am going to give it a go this year. I know they don't often stay true but I can't say there's an aquilegia I haven't admired. Really hoping for some interesting mixes too with the other plants around the garden.

They first arrived in my garden as gifts from the birds, much loved now though, really beautiful and useful dainty things.

june drop

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:19

Hmm, last year my apple tree did the same but I put that down to the warm early spring followed by months of cold wet weather. This year the tree has dropped some but there are a fair few swelling up. Is it a big tree? Could it be that they're growing away nicely but out of sight? Fingers crossed the apples are still there secretly growing away.

growing brassicas

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 17:28

Thanks for the advice Zommer and Ann, will try out planting them deep and firming them in like you both say.

It's not about a no dig bed though, my back at the end of a long day can vouch for that. More of a no standing on beds rule, my small raised beds are fine for this because you can reach in all the was round. The idea is it keeps the soil light to allow for good root development. My other beds are treated the same as gardeners have done for yonks, chuck a plank down before walking on the soil to stop it compacting which really is just the same thing. I think I saw Monty trying out some Kale in raised beds and normal ones a few weeks ago on GW, to see if there is any growing difference.

I have read about 'no dig' growing, but didn't really understand it for the reasons you state. Anyway, hopefully with your tips I'll be sprouting from the rooftops about my lovely brassicas, many thanks.

growing brassicas

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 21:00

Same problem here too really. I have either raised beds where an awful lot of work has gone in to breaking up clay soil and adding compost, or recently manured then rotivated beds. I'm struggling to understand how well firmed in they need to be. I know there's an old joke about putting brussles in with a crowbar...

Would firming the ground by standing on a plank where they're to be planted be ok? Or is that not crowbary enough?

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