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Why can't I buy leaf mold from garden centers?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 22:05

Simple economics I think. It would be very expensive to collect the quantity required for a commercial operation. Add on the time it takes to rot down and you would have to price it like gold leaf to make money.

Sick Vine

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 12:55

I would have a look for vine weevils. Try an exploratory dig around the root zone to see if there are any grubs. The adults above ground can be hard to spot but a close inspection might reveal some. If it is the dreaded vine weevil then nematode treatment next year and possibly following years too will be needed.

Cultivating an outdoor vine in North England

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 09:46

You will get better grapes with it in the greenhouse but will it fit? How big is your lean-to greenhouse?


Posted: 22/10/2015 at 23:12

Might be frost damage which can cause russeting like this. The depression on the apple on the right might be winter moth caterpillar damage.

The last of the Bordeaux mixture

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 10:03

Bordeaux mixture isn't fairy dust and its toxicology has been extensively tested - for example

So there are good reasons for stopping its use even if it is inconvenient for us gardeners.

what's best item you've ever won?

Posted: 14/10/2015 at 10:17

A holiday in Paris - twice! OH won one and I won the other. That was back in the 80s when mortgage rates had gone up to 15% and we were stony broke so the prizes were very welcome. 

Also won a high end hifi set and OH won skis and boots back in the 90s but nothing since apart from bottom rung Premium Bond prizes.

Fidgetbones - Hen party

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 00:04

I can bring 5 gallons of 2 year old organic Sussex garden cider for the chaps - only 6.5% ABV though. I also have some white wine for the ladies - genuine Sussex chardonnay! 

On my way to the cloakroom on the way out!

Natural Wind Barrier but not Sun Blocker Wanted!

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 00:26

Dogwood is often planted for the colour of the new stems which grow after hard pruning back to ground level each year. If your hedge has got to 8ft high it sounds like it would benefit from regular hard pruning.

New Petrol Strimmer Smoking

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 00:19

I smell spam, not oil.

Scab on Maincrop potatos

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 23:22

Councils in the UK do not have any responsibility for water supply so can't put any chemicals in it. In England and Wales private companies are responsible, Scottish Water is a publically owned company answerable to the Scottish Parliament.


It should be possible to see details of your water supply quality on your water supplier's website which will give you a detailed chemical analysis of your tap water. This is governed by EU legislation and enforced by the Drinking Water Inspectorate in England and Wales.

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