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Posted: 06/09/2016 at 19:16

Thank you all for your advice - I think the deep mulch is the action to take because they are also in full sun!   I also put ashes on the soil from my wood burner - maybe overdoing it????

I am always watering deep into the soil because I have many other plants in front of them which dry out quickly.

Thanks all of you, happy gardening.


Posted: 05/09/2016 at 21:56

Having trouble with what looks like white mildew on 4 delphiniums this summer.  The well established plants were covered in it last summer so when the fresh leaves appeared this summer I sprayed them with fungus killer.  However, the mildew appeared again later, even the stems of the flowers caught it.

One of my delphiniums 30ft away from the others also caught it again this year.

Should I dig them all out and start again next year.  Could the disease be in the soil or do weather conditions cause the problem?  Is it airborne?  I garden on light sandy soil which does have a thin layer of compost put on every autumn.

Any good advice greatly appreciated.


Posted: 06/11/2015 at 19:02

Thank you, I will leave well alone.


Posted: 06/11/2015 at 17:52

Thanks Dave, I do have Green Thumb regularly applying their weed and feed programmes which work well, but this fungus has appeared since their last treatment.

When digging up spent annuals close to the grass edge I found the soil very dusty and white underneath which I presumed was the cause and made me think of fungus as I had removed some large 'mushrooms' from here earlier in the season.  I have some sulphate of iron in the shed so I shall try that in the first instance, grhhh!

Birch in hot climates

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 15:31

Give it a go  - try to plant where the roots are in the shade with plenty of mulch in the planting hole and give it gallons of water every week, even when eventually mature.


Posted: 06/11/2015 at 15:19

Does anybody know if the practice of sterilising soil with dilute Jeyes fluid is still a recommended way of eliminating fungal spores in a small area of soil.  Unfortunately this spread to my adjacent lawn causing snow mould.  Will Jeyes fluid stay in the soil and affect planting there next year?

Any tips greatly appreciated.


Posted: 02/07/2015 at 19:13

Thanks for that pansyface, I think I will leave well alone after going onto your suggested website.  After such a cold spring and early summer I think I may still be in with a chance.  The bulb doesn't look rotted, just no different from when I planted it!  Will let you all know if I succeed.


Posted: 02/07/2015 at 15:59

Bought this bulb at Southport Flower show last summer after seeing how majestic their flowering bulbs were - planted it centrally in a terracotta pot with gritty compost, with half the bulb above soil level.  It is still just sitting there with no sign of pushing up any growth.  It has been outside all winter up against a sheltered fence.  Should I give up on it, thought they were quite easy to grow (according to the supplier).Does anybody else grow this type of lily?

Talkback: Eight ways to get a better tomato harvest

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 19:39
Hi Natalie,
Be patient, the flowers will form the tomato stalk and a tiny pin head green tomato will start to form in the base. Give plenty of water every day. You can always cut off some of the flowering stems so that the remaining trusses develop normally. Feed once a week with dilute potash tomato feed whilst in flower. My plants in the greenhouse are in large pots standing in old washing up bowls which always have 1cm of water in the bowl so that they never go short.
Good luck.


Posted: 07/04/2015 at 18:49

Thanks Tetley, was just bothered that the cutting may be very soft for rooting material but will now cut it back further and put it into compost and  hope for lovely flowers in 2016.

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