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Gathering and preparation, treatment of Sumach or Stag's Horn

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 10:44

No idea how to gather it or prepare it for storing. I bought my sumac online.  It gives a lemony flavour without being too tart.  Very good sprinkled on the skin before roasting a chicken and features a lot in Persian cuisine.

Beware - sumac berries that make the spice are not the same thing as the stag horn sumach in your garden -  

Acer leaf drop

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 10:38

Now, just in case there are spores of whatever is causing the problem in the compost in its pot and that can reinfect.


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 10:25

It seems this shrub naturally produces both pink and white flowers - 

Acer leaf drop

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 09:29

One of two things - thirst makes acers lose their leaves or turn crispy and start curling.   The other possibility is an illness that can strike at acers.  I can't remember what it's called but the acer struggles to get going but, with food and watering, does well for a while but then loses its leaves.

I would try repotting with fresh, John Innes 3 compost and remove the top layer of soil and any fallen leaves.   Give it a good drink and then leave it in a shady, frost free spot out of the wind and wait and see if it recovers next spring.    Wind really dessicates their fragile foliage so you'll need to water it more than you'd think to counteract moisture loss.

useful non- gardening tools.

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 12:18

Bread knife for sawing up clumps of plants to make divisions.

Builders' mesh for reinforcing concrete - makes a transparent fence between us and the field behind and a trellis between the main bed and the woodland corner of our garden - great for supporting blackberries and pumpkins and sweet peas and clematis.

It's my birthday

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 11:57

Happy birthday Panda.

 As seen at Paira Daiza, near Mons, last year.

How much to charge...

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 22:24

Start high and then go low for the last hour and lower still for the last 15 minutes.  

If that doesn't clear the spare plants, put them outside your front gate with an honesty box and a suggested price.

Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 16:45

Sad Dove but an opportunity too.  A friend of mine has had to have 5 huge ash trees taken out because they had dieback and she didn't want them falling on houses or sheds.   The resulting sense of space and light is amazing and has completely changed what she can plant in her garden.

I think you might find a hawthorn would grow rapidly and provide plenty of food and shelter for insects and birds.


Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:13

Definitely lack of moisture.  Plants in pots are entirely dependent in you for food and water.  Compost nutrients are all used up after 100 days so you need to give a top dressing or a well balance fertiliser such as blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure every spring and keep it watered.   It is better to give one thorough soaking a week than daily dribbles.  Rainfall will never be enough whilst it is in leaf.  

Keep it sheltered from heavy frosts once it goes dormant as this too can dry out the end of the stems and make for unsightly dead bits.  Remove these in spring, cutting back to just above a healthy bud and then keep it moist till leaf fall.

If the pot is small, you can also re-pot in spring to a larger pot and using good John Innes no 3 compost.

What is this flower

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:07

Mallow - annual flower or weed depending on your point of view and the style of your garden.

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