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Posted: 30/08/2013 at 22:54

could be fungal issue? I had rust and some back spot via some DA Roses. Rose Clear seemed to sort it once the infected leaves where removed.  I'm not an expert on roses but presume once they go deciduous most of the fungal spores go with the disposed of leaves?


Eel worms and garlic

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 17:27

I have always had enviable success with garlic growing but this most of this years crop had been a real disappointment. The wet weather proved a challenge but I thought I had overcome this okay until my garlic started to look unhealthy.  Inspection revealed what I am reliably informed were eelworms, eating into the base of the neck and bulb.  Some advice on how to combat this would be appreciated. I had jeyes fluid suggested but not any dosage and this does sound a bit 'unorganic'. 

Pruning Roses

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 21:50

Thanks for the info. I thought they were best pruned in spring just as the sap flow starts to increase. Are they best done then or in autumn as they go dormant?  Thought the healing might be slower in the fully dormant period. 

Pruning Roses

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 16:11

Can roses be maintenance pruned at anytime of the year or does this adversly affect them?  I have a new standard rose and some the branches are going to start rubbing each other soon.  Also I have new climbing rose which has a division that is not in the direct I want and needs to go.

Can I prune these out now or is it best waiting until next spring?

spring onions

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 20:21

and another!

Mycorrhizal Fungi

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 20:18
FloBear wrote (see)

So is there just one kind of fungus that's supposed to work with any plant? I thought that plants had fungi that were specific to their particular needs.

Also, would it be really silly to dig up a very recently planted shrub to apply the fungus then plant it again?

Bear of Very Little Brain

From what I uderstand the fungi works on just about all trees except that with high acid soil (Azalea etc) and as its a soil based thing rather than a plant one it has the symbiotic relationship with the roots okay.  Probably not a good idea to dig up a healthy tree/plant to add it if its growing okay though

Venus Flytraps

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 02:56

Last year I tried a selection of venus flytraps, pitcher plants and sundews in the greenhouse to keep the airbourne pests at bay.  The bees seemed to avoid them and they other little flying criters disappeared over night and left the plants free from damage - still got them after winter and they are happily looking out for my early growing tomatoes already 

who knows a new kind technology can be used in plants speed up plants grow fast

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 02:52

Not sure you can really speed up the growing process without some compromise.  Arguably it is better to give them the ideal growing conditions to maximise the potential?  Good root space and areation, light and feed should do the trick

If you want to grow a bonsai on quicker put it back in the ground but keep it in shape. Putting something flat under the root ball will prevent the tap root from developing again and make a nice root spread.  Artifical light can keep tomatoes growing longer per 24hrs rather than faster


Posted: 23/04/2012 at 02:48

Hi Harry, 

From experience I would try something that is tolerant like a Chinese Elm, Podocarpus or a Maple.  Outdoor trees are a bit easier to look after as they dont get affected by central heating/too dry indoor air as much but watch out for frosts!  If you're just starting out then a more tolerant tree like these are usually better value for money and do put up with a bit more trail and error that some other varieties. 

The main failure with bonsai is the watering - most like to be moist rather than soggy and drying out the soil inadvertantly can lead to a new tree been sought quite quickly.

When buying a tree make sure it looks healthy and its secure in its pot; if it is loose then there is a chance the roots could be damaged and this could affect the health of your tree.

I wouldnt go mad on buying tools as you wont need many to start with and its just an unnecessary expense.  A decent pair of pruning scissors and a pair branch cutters will meet most needs.

Be warned - it can get addictive!!

getting rid of slugs

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 02:34

I find encouraging Thrushes and Blackbirds into the garden does help.  Once they have been attracted by the normal bird feeder approach the slugs are next on the menu! 

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