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Rust on Leeks

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 15:41

Thanks for that LeifUK. It's not very much at the moment so I will leave them be, perhaps just cutting off any badly affected leaves.

Supporting canes

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 20:25

andrea, you need to know what varieties you have as clematis are divided into 3 groups depending on when they flower. Didn't they have any pruning instructions on the labels? You say they are starting to lose their flowers now. This could mean they are late flowering varieties known as group 3. If so, you would prune them in the spring. This could be down to a couple of feet as they flower on current years growth.

If you tell us what varieties they are, I'm sure there are people here who can give you more detailed instructions.

Rust on Leeks

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:41

I have some leeks which I was hoping to keep for harvesting over winter. However, it looks like there is a little rust on some of them. Will they keep over winter or should I harvest them now?


Posted: 16/09/2016 at 17:55

Yes Dilly, you've done the right thing by not watering. They are known for growing in shallow soil and like plenty of drainage. I keep mine under cover in a cold greenhouse over winter and don't water them for months. If you have to keep it outside in winter, put it close to the house or somewhere similar so it doesn't get too wet or frost in the compost.

Overgrown Mystery Plant

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 17:49

Looks like some sort of hydrangea to me. You usually prune them in spring when you can see where the new shoots are. You could cut off the dead flower heads if you don't like them but many people keep them for winter interest. If it's too bug, you could cut some of the older stems right back or to where you can see new shoots growing but you may not have so many flowers next year.

slugs in the lawn

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 17:41

Those are slugs. Leather jackets grow to about an inch long and are about quarter of an inch thick. The older ones you find early in the year are brown but I don't know what the eggs or newly hatched ones look like.

How to over winter hardy annuals in pots?

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 17:33

I would say 9cm pots would be fine as they won't do much growing over winter. Don't chop them down. Keep them somewhere sheltered so they don't get too wet or freeze as this will damage the roots. I have self sown seedlings of nigella in my borders. If there is a frost they go all limp but then recover, but in pots the roots are more vulnerable.

Pretty and tasty

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 20:59

I grow crimson flowered broad beans and sometimes put spare ones in the flower boarder.


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 17:15

I'm not a pensioner yet, (and never likely to be if "they" keep moving the finishing line), but I can't eat large meals. My Mum and I often have lunch in a pub where they do smaller versions of most of their menu for about £3  less. They probably make more from us as we usually have room for desert .


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 16:55

I too have some grown from seed that haven't flowered.....yet. They are very strong looking plants but others from the same sowing are flowering well. The flowering ones don't look quite so luxuriant but are perfectly good plants. They are from a 2015 packet.

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