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Rose Health

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 23:12
Looking at the photos. Am I right in assuming that all the foligae pictured, is in fact on the same plant. If so. Then not all the leaves asre affected. To be short and to the point. There is no way that the damaged, infected leaves will ever recover. The damage is done. The natural method by which the leaves are fed etc, has closed down due to the infections. In a short while these leaves will fall. To avoid further infection to the plant. Remove the infected leaves and burn them. Then you can resort to Rose Clear etc.


Posted: 15/07/2014 at 23:59
For the less scientific. Not some new cultivar of a bean or pea. No this is the scentific classification of our now, well known garden helper, or destroyer. Depens which way one looks at it. So this friend/enemy, the gastropod? Let me introduce the Hon Mr Slug and Snail. Let's be honest. Even amongst the dedicated naturalist, the past two years have been HELL, in the garden. As so many of my forum friends have posted. 'I waited so long for the seeds to sprout, and befoer I could blink, a slug or snail had chomped it away. So in attemptes to help and advise, as well as offer some kind thoughts, feelings and suggestetions. Many of us added our meagre two pennarth. I for one so often said. Kill them. Then arose debates regarding ways and means. Some kind persons said. I collect them up and chuck them over the fence. From me. They will come back. Then the squeamish would say. I just can't kill anything. Believe me. I do not wish to offend anyone. However there come the time when you must act. Or might you be one of the idle rich. Pay out for seeds and plants and sit there and watch them being eaten up. Apart from my usual grab and squash. I have used slug and snail pellets. Some claim that there is a risk to wildlife. I can't say yes or no to that. I have found them to be beneficial. However. Especially in the greenhouse. After a while the pellets go all furry and are unsightly. Then although wishing to destroy. I have stood and watch as a snail or slug has come into contact with the pellets. Even I have to admit. It's not a pretty sight. A slight digession. Every living thing on this beautiful planet, is here for a purpose. IMHO mankind has yet, once again cocked everything up. The gastropods were content for however length of time, to forage and clean up fallen debris. Then something went wrong. Now they will eat anything in their path. I have used chemical spray solutions. When I say spray. Actually the directions for use, usually refer to watering via a can. I found that using a spry, less waste and soil pollution, plus, fences and containers can also be sprayed. However whetherornot these methods worked, there was always many if's and but's. The various chemicals in pellets sprays etc, in most cases are neutralised after a down pour. Some have suggested garlic etc. Give it a go. Now from a scientific angle. The gastropod is made up mostly of water/moisture/mucous. Much more than any of us humans. Now. There is a process known as, 'Osmosis' This is where the natural balance is intervened/violated. Common table salt, will in fact prove to be gastros' worst enemy. It immediatedly causes the moisture to dry up. THe victim become toatally dehydrated in seconds. No frothing up etc. A light sprinkling of salt around your favourites, or a light spraying of salt water. Following a rain fall. The salt remains. Answers on a post card.

rose tree help

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 22:22
Might you please, take a picture of the label. I note it says in part. atio. followed by a second line. As it is a laminated commercial label, I would have thought a bit more detail might be available.

Slug and Snail slime

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 00:21
Following on. Tell me please. What has this all got to do with, slug and snail slime. I have already posted on this matter. Science has discoverd that within the slime, there is a message to othres of the species. Just like a dog or cat marking it's territory.

Slug and Snail slime

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 00:18
Hey folks. This thread seems to have wandered everywhere. Swarfega. I have used loads of it. Nowadaysm mechanics, fitters etc................Sorry, motor technicians. Most now use rubber gloves. In so many daily trades etc. Hand cleansers have been and gone. Rubber gloves are the rule of the day. In my owncase. My GP is doing his best at tracing a possible medical problem I have. It could be inherited. Then it could be related to horticultural chemicals. Having been involved in mechanics, oil grease etc might have played a part. Hygene such as swarfega and other hand washes etc, could also be a bit responsible. Who knows. I once posted on this forum. Gloves. Never use them. Believe me. Since my latest blood tests etc. I enter th garden/greenhouse more like a surgeon. Gloves and all.

can anyone recognise this plant please?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 00:05
Hey Folks.
Colin Dexter would love to meet you all. Even Morse couldn't guess this one. C'mon. Please tell this oldie. Just how do you come up with these answers. Surely you are not all 'pot smokers' like Sherlock?

Interest fro across the pond.

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 22:35
Friends. Thank you so much for your concern. However I am an open bloke. To begin with. This lady from the States has provided her business and private contact details. The journal is a highly respect NY publication. The previous contact Rebecca of BBC 2. She had some while back posted on the forum. To be honest. Might I ask. Is there any privacy etc left in this world? The data protection act, is supposed to be there for our protection. More people know more about me due to that act. Should I wish to take a look at what's on file. I have to pay. Letters from insurance companies come through the post, and in my case so often end up in someone else' letterbox. There all set out. My full name, address DOB marital status etc. A couple of years back. I had an up & downer over the electoral register. We were marked as excluded from the public register. 192.Com had just about everything about us for all to see. Many of my police mates, when checking found their details there for all to see, despite they also had elected..none publication. Even with so-called confidentiality via banks, building soc's etc. The small print which most of us fail to read, by us signing etc, they then have the right to share our information. It is very big business. For instance with the internet. Cookies etc. This evening I had an email from another garden forum. I have never posted on it. Right at the top of the page. Details of some microscope slides I had been checking out. I have googled my username for other sites. It is like reading who's who. Anyway my dear friends. Thanks for the concern. Luv u lot...loads.

I need hugs too....

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 22:13
I'll stick to plants.

To trim or not to trim

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 22:06
Chris. You say that you have 'attempted'to grow standard Fuchsias. Briefly. Growing standards, quarter, half or full. The stem needs to be supported to a cane, so as to keep it as straight as possible. Throughout it's growing life. All side leaves etc must be removed. The topmost leaves remain until the required height is attained. Then the tip should be pinched ouy. Now branching will take place. It is from now on, that you shape the plant. As with general pinching out, basically the same principal applies. Say every fourth pair of leaves, pinch out or stop. Given time a reall good head will be obtained. Trimming as some call it, is simply a means by which you get rid of weak straggly growth and any dead bits. Removing leaves prior to winter storage. A matter of choice. I keep mine growing all through the winter.

Quality of bought potting compost

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 21:55
Rosemary, at least you did the right thing and complained. As Philippa says. There are several threads on the forum relating to compost etc. Soiless compost, I would have thought might have been just that. Such as Coir [? spelling] That has NO soil in it. Peat Free, as someone has mentioned is compost containg vegetive matter, soil but no marshlant peat. However it might contain Moss peat, which is still marketed. Usually at garden centers etc, there will be some broken open bags. It's well worth examining the contents. Although in Rosemary's case, one would need above excellent eyesight to see tiny seeds.

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