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Linda 21

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B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 08:18

Having read all the posts on this link over my morning cuppa, I would be interested to know if anything further came of the e-mails sent to Gardener's World?  Have you had any celebrity come forward to put our point of view?   I read an article about 4 or 5 years ago that said Which had found B and Q MPC was by far the best, and have used it ever since.  Up until this year I have always found it Ok, but other products I have used have contained all the addistional stuff mentioned in other posts, glass, branches, plastic etc.,  Perhaps I have just been lucky with my batch from B and Q. before now, but I have to say this year's batch is no where near as good as previous years.  Am just about to get some chooks, so my home made compost source will increase from next year.  Our garden is about an acre, and I grow a huge number of plants from seeds each year, so I need a lot.  Am tempted to go down to the sea and recycle some seeweed too!

Rhododendron ponticum leaf problem

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:56


Sudden death of quickthorn tree

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:48

Here is a photo of the rhoddie leaves, I can't see any sign of rot at the base of the Quickthorn, but will poke about at it later when I am in the garden and let you know, same with the rhoddie.


Rhododendron ponticum leaf problem

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:30

I will take further photos, as there appears to be two sorts of problem leaves.  The ones I have already shown you and other ones which are much more severe, with the leaf browning from the tip.Will go get the camera folks!  Am buping this aas I have a problem with a Quickthorn which appears to have died in a week!

Sudden death of quickthorn tree

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:27

The reason I wondered about the Phytophthora is that when we asked permission to fell a tree (as you do on the Isle of Man) the Officer who came out to inspect was telling us how worried they are about this disease.  He asked me to keep an eye on the stand of huge rhododendrons we have in the garden (I didn't plant them!) as they were one of the main hosts for Phytophthora and as we have several Larch as well and we live very near one of the National Glens he was concerned.   I don't want to phone him up and tell him that there is a problem unless I am pretty sure myself of what the problem may be.  I posted photos of the leaves of the rhoddie, which I will bump up on the list so you can see.  I was checking on the rhoddies and thought I should see how the Larch were doing, and it was while looking for them I saw the Quickthorn.  I will go and look if there are any more symptoms.

Sudden death of quickthorn tree

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 18:39

Having posted about my rhododendron trees having problems with strange blackened areas on the leaves, I was walking the hedge on the other side of the garden when I noticed that a 20' high quickthorn tree has just died.  It was perfectly OK last week!!   Any ideas folks?    I am concerned that it may be Phytophthora (?) Does it attack Quickthorn?

Rhododendron ponticum leaf problem

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 15:23

The stand of rhoddies is in a very prominant position.  I think someone would notice if they disappeared!   Shrub/tree it makes no difference.  Besides I am not really sure I want to remove them, only to be certain that they haven't got something which would spread.... then they would have to come down.

Rhododendron ponticum leaf problem

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 09:21

I know!   I am forever pruning them to stop it taking over. Trouble is, on the Isle of Man you need permission to fell any tree over about 6" diameter.   They do look beautiful when they are in full bloom, but the rest of the time they are rather boring!

Rhododendron ponticum leaf problem

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:03

It is not something I would have chosen to plant, but they have been there for thirty years or more.   I was more concerned that it as not harbouring some disease that will ultimately affect other trees and shrubs growing in the area.

Rhododendron ponticum leaf problem

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 17:43

OK! hopefully here is a photo!


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