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What can be killing off my plants?

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 18:34

Stable blocks will have used very strong disinfectants over very long periods which may have built up in the soils which may be very toxic but this doesn't explain the containers.

Do you know if you are troubled with cats and or foxes? animals urinating on plants will kill them if the plants are under stress from drought or waterlogging


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 22:54

Care is needed ........look what happened to Japanese Knotweed??????.

Talkback: Horseflies

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 21:34
Thanks for that Sara4 I rest my how about wasps and lovers of????

Talkback: Horseflies

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 19:52
Horseflies have been really bad this year (West Somerset) they seem to have gone over now hopefully as I haven't seen one for about 2 weeks. It must have been the really hot weather that suited them. Are they actually worse where there are are a lot of animals, sheep, beef animals, horses. I am an animal / nature lover but I react badly to their bites, they are so quiet and so sly.... If I manage to see one alight on me it is DEAD!!!!.... sorry.


Posted: 19/07/2013 at 22:48

Put some washing up liquid with the Glyphosate, this will de-wax the leaf and help to get more chemical absorbed.

Tomato rot?

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 16:43

This looks very much like blight to me, don't forget we've just had the wettest summer ever which favours blight spread. Unusual though that there are no lesions on the foilage. Best to remove infected fruit and ' infected 'whole' branches and hope for the rest to ripen. Too much humidity in glass house will favour spread of spores but it has been so wet with very early dews and dusk dews. Mine in soil in the garden have a few infected plants - those in pots on a South facing wall seem to be OK, better pollination and fruit set -  a long time to ripen though - may be the year for Tom Chutney????

Talkback: Stinging nettles

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 22:29

Roundup will kill the nettles etc but wait until they have flowered before spraying, that is when the foilage sends food back to the roots for next season so they will send the glyphosate down too. Don't spray if there is risk of 'drift' as u will kill other stuff. Add a bit of washing up liquid to the spray, this will take the wax off the leaf so its takes more chemical in. Chickens are ok but don't spray them!!. Do NOT spray anything which is not on your land, ever..... have a word with the farmer most will understand if they are causing u problems.

Talkback: Mint leaf beetle

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 22:07
So if your mint gets leaf beetle go and buy a jar from the shop and try again next year. Don't ingest the chemicals.

Mildew/Red spider mite

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 13:43

I did some trials some years ago on organic peppers vs ordinary fed ones. RSM on conventional ones did not cross over to the organic ones and I could only sumise the result was from having Seaweed in the liquid feed.......... why not try a spray?

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 23:10

Most times u get what u pay for, - I find that when watering pots, e.g. Toms, it's better to give a little water 2 or 3 times with maybe half hpour inbetween. Then the water and nutrients tend not to run out the bottom as much. Also I try not to let the pots get too dry as the compost draws away from the pot sides and lets water run through.

ASDA have some wetlands seedling compost on offer ( £1.50 for 20 Ltrs) it looks good so I bought 4 packs for next Spring and this Autumn.


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