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nettle fertilizer

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 20:56

Hi, I've started making nettle feed this year and am waiting for my 2nd lot to 'brew'. Is it suitable to feed my lawn with it?

Thanks, Pam 

brown patches on laurel leaves

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 21:36

Hi, I think they were getting waterlogged so I've taken your advice nutcutlet and stopped watering them for the last 2 days. One of the others has had a couple of leaves turn yellow so I've probably been overdoing it with the hosepipe. Anyway they seem OK, certainly no worse. Thanks for your reply.Pam

brown patches on laurel leaves

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 10:41

Hi, I've just planted 4 laurel bushes about 10 days ago, they are about 4ft high. One has developed brown patches on the leaves, some of the younger stems are also wilting, am I watering it too much? I've watered them all every day, giving them about 5 litres each, they're well protected against a south facing fence so are getting lots of sun and heat at the moment.  The others seem to be doing fine. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

suggestions of fast growing shrubs or trees

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 19:17

wow, that's fast growing, thanks for the suggestion, I'll certainly be looking into that. Pam

suggestions of fast growing shrubs or trees

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 17:43

Thanks Ceres, that's a good idea, to put in something temporary, hadn't thought of doing that! Pam

suggestions of fast growing shrubs or trees

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 14:50

Our neighbour has just chopped down a very mature pine tree growing close to his fence, which separates the back of our properties and gave privacy for both of us. As much as I understand he wants more light in his garden and kitchen and bedroom windows the fact is that his house is built on higher land than our bungalow and we now feel very exposed. There is still a 6 foot wooden fence between us but he now looks into our garden and windows from his kitchen, bedroom and dining room. I feel sad when a lovely old tree is felled in that way. We want to plant some fast growing shrubs/trees on our side of the fence, which is south facing and gets the sun all day. Any good suggestions are welcome, thanks. Pam


Inherited pear tree help

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 16:54

Hi bubbleworks, the fungus control we have is by Westland and is called 'plant rescue fungus control', it's for fruit , veg and flowers so you could use it in the rest of the garden if the rust spreads. Although the juniper didn't show any sign of rust we sprayed that as well just in case.

Good luck - hopefully next year will be better for all apple and pear trees.

Inherited pear tree help

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 22:11

Hi, we moved into a cottage in May 2010 which had an old pear tree, also covered in ivy. We found the main root at the base and sawed through it and pulled off what we could but it was well up all the branches. The ivy has now obviously died off on the branches and is gradually dropping off, we just keep the root under control, could kill it off I suppose. We have a juniper bush growing directly under the tree!

That first summer the tree got scab and rust badly but the fruit was delicious if marked by the black spots - the rust didn't seem to affect the fruit but all the leaves got worse as August went on. I tried to collect all the leaves and burnt them. During the winter we lightly pruned the tree and went to the local garden centre and taking advice from one of the staff bought some fungicide which we sprayed on the tree on 4 separate occasions, starting in the spring when the first leaves started to unfurl and 3 further sprays at intervals of 2 weeks. We were rewarded with a brilliant juicy harvest last year (2011)and no disease. Unfortunately pears don't store but we were giving them away to everyone we knew because they were rotting before we could use or preserve them all, and the family and neighbours couldn't take any more! I was able to collect the leaves for mulching.

Last winter we pruned the tree a bit harder, then this spring because of the wet conditions we were unable to spray on a regular basis but managed the 1st 2 sprayings. We had some black spot and rust but nothing too bad. The fruit yield was well down on last year but still delicious.

My advice would be to go to your local garden centre to ask what is on the market now to spray it with. Ours cost about £10 for 2 small bottles of concentrate two years ago but it goes a long way and we still probably have enough left to use for 4 sprayings next spring and more, weather permitting!

I'll have a look in the shed tomorrow to see what ours is called, but at the moment it's dark, raining and bedtime!


Posted: 23/09/2012 at 19:55

I planted a buddleia cutting from a pot into the garden last September. I prepared the soil well with some organic compost and made sure the roots were in as deep as I could get them. I can't remember wether I watered it or if we had enough rainfall but I made sure before it got enough moisture for a while, then before the temperature got too cold I piled more compost around the base as a mulch for the winter. I didn't cut it back at all until the spring and it rewarded me with lots of new growth and has had loads of flowering stems this summer. 


Posted: 23/08/2012 at 18:45

erm . .  . . . . why is prison called porridge? I've never known!!!

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