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Latest posts by Pipstrelle

Talkback: How to make a bubbling urn water feature

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 00:13
Kentish wiggler, you're not alone!

Talkback: Black spot

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 16:59

I just read about this in the new Landscape magazine, I think. Just trying to find where my boys moved it to!

Using vine eyes on pebbledash?

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 21:46
Thanks so much to both of you, that's really helpful!

Pachira aquatica

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:44
We have the same problem! I assumed I had damaged the other trunks somehow when planting it in a bigger pot but all but one of the trunks has died. These older dead ones are definitely dead but as they are entwined with the living one and are supporting it I have left them. I read somewhere that you have to let the soil dry before soaking it- a good water less frequently can be better than a frequent sprinkle, if that makes sense. Have you tried feeding it with plant food? I use baby bio and it seems to perk up then.

Newbie requires help

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:35
Ooo, thanks for that tip and to Willingtolearn for posting this. I'm creating a wildlife garden on a fairly blank canvas but hadn't seen this one.


Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:29
Also, you can discourage them by turning the heap regularly.

Bird feeders causing weeds?

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:24
Yes and it could be a kind of crop. We have had many seeds germinate including Niger seed, wheat, barley and sunflowers. The wheat and barley look more grass-like initially. I know that I get it most when I leave the feeder in one place. It helps to move the feeders periodically in any case to help prevent diseases that can affect the birds and/or encourage vermin.

Talkback: Black spot

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:15
Maybe removing some of the old compost and adding new along with improving drainage with crocks or grit will help?

Talkback: Black spot

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:14
I replied earlier but it doesn't seem to have worked. We are trying coffee grounds around roses to treat black spot as recommended by someone at Ryton organic. They also said that feeding them well makes them better able to resist, as well as making sure they have air and not too much moisture on the leaves.

clay soil

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 12:10
Oh, and another idea is to really dig it over in the autumn so it doesn't compact too much and also the frosts will help to break it down.

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Using vine eyes on pebbledash?

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