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Removing Horsetail

Posted: Yesterday at 13:07

As steve has said the roots are deep, i was talking to a chap before about horsetail deep root system. Unknown to me he was a grave digger and he said  he  has found them deeper than a grave. So i wouldn't  bother trying to dig them out, i spoke to one of them people who do weed killing on the quads for the council also, i cant quite remember but i think he said bleach and salt  is effective 

leaf spot on Marigolds?

Posted: Yesterday at 00:15

Hi john, i quite like marigolds myself easy to grow and germinate. It my first year growing African marigolds, from what i have found on the internet i think i might of found out what it could be.

African marigolds are not tolerant of low pH soils.Low pH causes iron and/or manganese toxicity, which exhibits itself as brown to black speckling of the foliage .

Could be that i am not really sure, but they need potting on anyway so i try and get my hands on some peat free compost tomorrow. 

I do have two other variety of marigold, a stripped one ( one in the background ) and some honeycomb i think. The honeycomb are nearly perfect  all nearly exactly the same height them little beauty's 

And before anyone asks yes all the plants are living in the house tonight there everywhere


leaf spot on Marigolds?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 19:45

I got some blackish spots which are brown in the middle on the top side of the leaves on my African marigolds ( french ones look OK ). i just need a bit of help identifying the problem please. 

Stupidly i convinced myself it would not freeze last night so left most of my plants  in the greenhouse with horticultural fleece over the top of them, so you probably already guess it froze   i was not impressed, 

Some pic here, not the best though but you can just make it out.


Japanese knotweed shoots & Mower contamination ?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 22:29

Hi , when i used to do contract work for the local council cutting grass on garage sites, i was told not to cut any Jknotweed at all and report it. They said it can be spread from little saplings coming off the machines. I couldnt say if it true are not though to be honest 


Posted: 14/04/2014 at 19:03

Looks very much like my layout tootles, your GH doesn't half look grand . i thought mine looked kind of tidy but i feel a bit  now .  I prefer this kind of layout, like toottles said best of both worlds, my neigbour recently copy nearly the same layout after seeing how well my tomatoes was doing, They dont seem to dry out the same as they would in a pot. 

Welcome to my greenhouse

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 21:20

Hi Sprig2 the make of the greenhouse is Elite , instructions are rubbish but elite are helpful when you need the help . I am very happy with it but had 6 panes blown out in the storms early this year, probably due to me not putting enough clips in. Some of the glazing bars flex a bit as well in really high winds, i going to add some cantilever bracing bars later to make it strong. 

Welcome to my greenhouse

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 17:02

Hi orchid lady - i have bit of everything in the unheated greenhouse and keep them in overnight. I live in Rossendale - Lancashire so its not exactly warm. I get my Horticultural fleece out and use that for night time. I don't think my dalia ( 2nd pic tray on table ) like it though so bring them in at night. My Antitriniam love it in GH do really well

Welcome to my greenhouse

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 16:14

Everything growing well, veg bed ready for tomatoes etc  . Grape vine got buds on now ( just see it at the back with the cane ) fingers crossed it going to grow across the roof.

I not had the GH long ( upgraded to a larger one this winter ) but most of the staging nearly full already and i still got more plants to go in yet. I am eyeing up another shelve for the rear end of the GH

I have got a magnolia in a pot  in flower ( white flowers ) i broke it off a large magnolia by accident about 2 week ago , instead of throwing it i brought it back home and potted it up just out of curiosity. Now its flowering   do you think it be a keeper and not die on me?


Raised bed for alpines

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 00:27

Hello, if the bed gets lots of sun during the summer months you could put all most anything in it. bulbs - Bedding plants - perennials etc or veg plot . I am not the biggest fan of alpines but i am sure they need plenty of drainage, you normally see alpines in rocky type gardens

New truf

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 00:08


lizzie said most of what i would say anyway but, i wouldn't go cheap on the turf either. The cheap turf is more a less off a farmers meadow so in other word rubbish for a proper lawn. The price of half decent turf is £3 per m2 up more expensive the better ( it may vary in different areas ) i live in Lancashire 

If your on a budget why don't you seed it instead? it is a lot cheaper. 

£1000 for the job you described in my opinion is way over priced. 

you need to dig the stones out, you could weed kill the area first if you wish as long as you don't use a ground killing weed killer. Round up weedkiller is OK to use


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leaf spot on Marigolds?

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