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Thyme Dying Off

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 22:35

Thanks. But I've tried a million times and it never works. Some things in life I'm good at, some I'm not!

Thyme Dying Off

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 19:40

Great. Thanks Philippa Smith.

If I do the mounding trick, will it then be possible to divide the thyme next year? I'm hopeless with cuttings.

Herbs Yellowing

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 19:39

Thanks, Philippa Smith.

I've cut the basil back quite hard, but I can do so again. 

Thyme Dying Off

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 18:03

Hello all,

I have a pot with two thyme plants in. One is a big silver lemon thyme (silver queen), and the other is a creeping serpyllum. After flowering, the later has partly died off, towards the centre of the plant. Could it be that the larger one is crowding it out, or is there anything else that springs to mind? I don't think I've overwatered on this occasion.



Herbs Yellowing

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 17:57

Hello all,

I've had a pretty good run with my basil and sweet marjoram, but they're both starting to yellow and the basil is going woody, despite my cutting it back quite hard and quite regularly. They're in pots on my balcony.

Is this just end-of-season blues, or is there anything I can do to keep them cheerful, and - in the case of the basil - compact, for the next month or so. I suspect that I overfed the basil earlier in the season. I'll bring the marjoram in for the winter I think, and will replace the basil with a new batch in spring.

Thanks a lot,


Too many chillis

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 08:27

I was just going to ask about whether the EV would be too strong. Thanks!

Too many chillis

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 08:09

Has anyone tried flavoured oils? I've been thinking of giving that a go.

Tomato roots as weedkiller

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 08:06

I can confirm that the extract of the leaves works pretty well as a pesticide... but as a herbicide seems very doubtful.


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 21:17

I have two plants on the balcony which are doing ok, but nothing ripe. Then I have six in the ground, but the leaves and bits of the stem just went black and the fruit has mainly just rotted on the vine. There's almost nothing left. I think it's the constant rain and lack of sunshine. Very disappointing indeed. 

Potted plants for winter?

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 23:14

I had the same issue and decided to try to brighten things up this winter. I second heathers and cyclamen.

I'm trying some heathers for their foliage (e.g. Calluna Vulgaris Firefly) and some for the flowers (e.g. Erica Carnea Challenger - which ok is technically a heath).

With the cyclamen, if you get some Hederifolium and some Coum, you should get quite a long season I think. At least, that's my plan.

Another thing that I'm trying is a winter honeysuckle such as Lonicera × purpusii 'Winter Beauty', which I'm trying up against the railing of my balcony. 

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Discussions started by ommthree

Thyme Dying Off

The centre of my thyme is dying off 
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Last Post: 01/09/2014 at 22:35

Herbs Yellowing

Basil & Marjoram going a bit sad and yellow 
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Last Post: 31/08/2014 at 22:38

Chilis Shrivelling

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Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 20:14

Insects on my rose

Are they good news or bad news? 
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Last Post: 12/07/2014 at 13:15

Bay Tree Leaf Curl

Sudden curling of young leaves 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 15:26

Gooseberry Pruning

How to deal with new canes 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 10:28

Moving Garlic

Can I move some garlic at this time of year? 
Replies: 6    Views: 127
Last Post: 11/06/2014 at 13:37

Cobweb-Like Material on Olive

Do I need to act? 
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Last Post: 22/05/2014 at 21:02

Potentilla Flowers Shrivelled

On an new potentilla red ace in a pot 
Replies: 19    Views: 434
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 20:41

Rosemary and Water

Am I underwatering or overwatering? 
Replies: 12    Views: 346
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 22:12

Wilting Raspberries

New Plants Not Doing Well 
Replies: 3    Views: 176
Last Post: 19/05/2014 at 22:02

Floppy Chilli Leaves

In the evenings 
Replies: 7    Views: 232
Last Post: 12/05/2014 at 11:22

Plant ID

Does anyone know what this is? 
Replies: 8    Views: 302
Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 20:19

Young chilli plants

What to cut 
Replies: 2    Views: 217
Last Post: 07/05/2014 at 09:46

Rejuvenating an old rosemary

How to tidy it up and keep it that way 
Replies: 15    Views: 460
Last Post: 07/05/2014 at 20:03
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