Latest posts by Lordswood

Privet problem

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 22:11

Could the hedge actually be Box.

Box is affected by a pest called Psylla buxi which leaves white deposits all over it.

I treated a container specimen some years ago with an insecticide the name of which I'm afraid I can't remember, but it did the trick. Sorry I can't be more help, but there must still be a suitable treatment out there.

Apple tree problem - advice needed

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 18:12

Hi green fingered finch

I suspect your tree has fireblight.

My crab apple tree went completely brown last summer due to fireblight.

It looked really good in the spring this year and was covered in blossom, but now it has dead clumps of leaves again that look just like your photo. I think the fireblight is back. I knew my tree was probably living on borrowed time.


Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 17:59

Hi artjak

Bog standard terracotta coloured plastic troughs about 18" long 6" wide and deep (any bigger and I wouldn't be able to open the up and over doors). Homebase grow bag as compost.

I water with 1/2 strength tomato feed every other watering once the plants  get going and 1/2 strength Phostrogen once a week as I feel the tomato feed may be lacking some of the trace elements.

The garage is south facing and plants do sometimes wilt when it's very sunny due to being against the hot brickwork, but they soon recover once the sun's off them.


Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 17:24

My vegetable garden was turned over to my hens when the surrounding woodland trees got so big that they kept sun off it for most of the day.

I now grow my runner beans up canes in front of the brickwork pillars of my garage - three plants to each 18" trough. The containers look far too small, and indeed they do have to be watered every day in hot weather, but we get pounds and pounds of beans every year. I plant Suttons "Best of All" and they have never let me down.

White spot on mint leaves

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 17:09

Hi Mizzli

I think the white spots are physical damage perhaps caused by hail. The young leaves which have emerged perhaps after the hail storm look to be unaffected.

Quite a few of my plants look very similar. The white spots took a few days to appear after the hail, but I have seen it before.

Bleeding apple tree

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:22

If the buds on your tree haven't opened by now I think it may be dead.

The deadly Fireblight causes an orange coloured ooze.


Posted: 20/05/2013 at 00:21

My wormery is empty of worms too. They didn't escape so I think they may have perished during the cold winter although I moved the wormery into an outbuilding.

They were doing so well.

Weigela in containers?

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 00:18

I shall pot them up with confidence. Thanks.

Weigela in containers?

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 17:31

Does anyone know if it's possible to grow Weigela in containers.

I took some cuttings from my daughter's garden last summer which are now in 5 inch pots, growing well and in full flower. The flowers are very pretty and slightly scented, so I would like to have some near the front door. Alas no soil - a gravel drive.

I've seen weigela as hedging so I know it trims well, but I'm not sure about growing it in containers.

Identification of tree /shrub

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 21:51

It looks like  a Pongamia tree, but I didn't know it grew in this country.

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Does my apple tree have a future?

Does my apple tree have a future after fire blight? 
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