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ID help please

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 13:44

ighten as you've shown us yours I'll show you mine

They really do come in all shades and sizes!


Feeding plants in the rain?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 09:22

Plants, especially if in containers or needed for cropping, need nutrients in wet weather. Blight spores use rain to germinate on plants ( the spore pierces the plant surface). A healthy plants can withstand the fungal infections a bit better. Seaweed feed is a real boost for soggy plants. Don't be tempted to concentrate feeds!!!

Soil organisms work at breaking down nutrients in the soil so your plants can absorb them so keep your soil 'sweet'. Standing water in pots and saturated soil stagnates (ask  our Somerset gardeners!). Selenium can help 'balance' soil, mycorrhizal fungi, milk and a glass of brown ale works wonders too. Party time for micro organisms. 

A canopy (20 quid from IKEA) or an open ended cloche can only reduce blight casualties from rain splashed plants but soil health is key. Feed em!

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 10:02

 Well said, yarrow2. 

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 09:54

just watched show again. I don't normally engage with personality comments about gardeners, I am more interested in plants but feel compelled to defend GW.

The advice for trimming hedge ends only, straightening lawn edges, mulching straws and cloche to bring them on, must be jobs hundreds of thousands can and will be doing.

That goes for sowing sweet corn and sweet peas too. The heated gravel bench is to scale for MD's two acre garden. Geoff Hamilton would have probably made his own too but Barnsdale is an eight acre garden so that must have been quite a project!

This is a magazine programme, cherry pick ideas you like, let what doesn't currently interest you or apply to your garden go, just scale the ideas to suit your budget.

My neighbours had a standard 1939 semi, long thin back garden only 10m wide, but had wild flowers and grasses with a mown path and it was glorious (back then I manicured my garden but realised they had as much colour, so much more wildlife and spent more time sipping something delicious in their garden than I ever could). 

Different strokes for different folks so 2.3m audience, when there are more than 200+ channels plus iPlayer and recording options, speaks volumes. Most of these options were not available in dear Geoff's time. 

....ok, I'll step down from this soap box (or high-horse) now  

The jungle in my garden needs to go.

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 16:46

PS you don't need to buy a flame gun - we hired one. Means no chemicals in the soil but plenty of potash left in the ashes.

The jungle in my garden needs to go.

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 16:34


I had to clear a 10m x 8m bramble patch in 1997. I  used a garden flame torch for what I called the mother ship parts. As the burning was done in several piles over a fortnight I had to wet the soil around the property boundary (as fire can travel under ground)'The roots were moist so didn't cause any problems - but they made a satisfying sizzle noise. You need to have access to water and a hose and, as I learnt the hard way, don't wear a fleece anywhere near a fire



Posted: 17/05/2014 at 16:16

Hmm, rhododendron could be under attack by vine weevil. Are rounded nibbles missing along the leaf edges Samantha? They are partial to many plants and are mostly night raiders. If you go at night with a torch and put a an upturned brolly under the leaves and give the rhodos a shuggle the weevils will fall into the brolly. 

There is a spray for them but better still there are nematodes that target them,and as they have a larval stage in the soil over winter, nematode treatment is more effective.

Good luck!


Posted: 17/05/2014 at 15:28

Samantha you need to identify your 'enemy' before firing off 'ammo'. Which plants are under attack, as plants have specific pests with very particular tastes.

NB some insects are beneficial so 'blanket bombing' everything can remove natural predators like wasps, some beetles and spiders which will make things even worse. Can you tell us which plants are getting munched? We can then give you some strategies & recipes for tackling the little beggars. 

Fence Colour Dilemma

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 14:41

 Sorry. That was supposed to read 'repainting' which was autocorrected to some very odd options!

Fence Colour Dilemma

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 14:36

There are lots of free design apps for iPad and iPhone  for garden design. You take a picture of your garden then choose colour changes, furniture, move plants and trees, add hard landscaping and water features on your photo.

could save youa lot of reprinting because big expanses of colour have such a big impact. (There are similar programmes for Desktop and Laptop computers too). HTH 

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