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cucumber wilting

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 13:57

Fleurisa wrote (see)

Or too much? Cucumbers don't like wet soil around the neck

Thats what I was thinking. Also I like to bring toms, cucumber peppers etc  along in smaller pots and pot on until big and strong befor planting in final place.

Any I'Dea

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 13:53

Does the currant flower on last years wood? If so Percy may have pruned it to late in the season, or even this Spring. my ribes needs to be pruned straight after flowering.


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 11:56

I think that sometimes you just have to say, S'

*d the environment and drop a tiny few slug pellets in discreet places. As long as you dont go silly.Wildlife thrives in my garden, birds, toads frogs, hedgehogs, they dont seem to want to eat dead slugs and they cant be eating the actual pellets as they are all thriving.Its heartbreaking, not mention expensive when your plants get destroyed.

Bay tree pruning advice

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 10:45

This is the result of constant chopping. Planted in 2012


What kind of soil is this (with pictures)?

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 10:35

My family in Perth WA had very sandy soil,  i would do as Hortum says, if you can get it, it will be the best thing you can do. Its probably always dry, so if you can spare the water, give your plants a good soak when you can.

help with plant

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 10:28

When my peppers have filled the 6 inch pots, i pot on just once more into 8/9 inch. Put a sturdy cane in, they get  heavy as they grow big


I always take the lower buds off for a start to

 allow the plant to grow big and sturdy before flowering.I sometimes go over the flowers with a paint brush, just a little tickle to make sure they are pollinated, not sure if this is really need though. I dont get many bees in my conservatory so just to make sure. I am sure that someone more knowledgable than me will soon correct.

Broad Beans

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 10:18

When the flowers first go off, it looks like no beans are coming, but in time they probably will. I think that every year and then they appear. 

Broad beans are the easiest to grow, any old seed wil do, mine was from a while back but they all germinated. 

See how they go. You could try putting in some chives round the edge, or sage, the bees like it and will then go on your beans.

Rose black spot

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 10:11

Sulphur spray alive and well and living on Amazon.

Bay tree pruning advice

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 00:09

All hedging plants should be cut back at the time of planting, people feel sorry for them and dont like to do it, but it gives them a chance to thicken from the bottom, if they are 6ft tall, cut at least a foot off of them. hopefully they will thicken, but with hedging you have to be cruel to be kind. When you see new shoots at the bottom, cut the tops back again. to be honest, if they were mine, I would cut them down by half, but thats up to you.

I planted a laurel hedge in 2012, 2 to 3 ft bare roots, i have cut back each year and they are now solid at the bottom, really thick, 

Fertilizer wont help, they just need cutting. All that will do is make them grow taller.

Tomato plants going yellow & dying

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 21:44

As I said, more likely a pest of some sort.

They dont need feeding until you see tomatoes on them, 

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