Latest posts by steephill

Multi-bum stawberries

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 10:58



Apologies for the title but it is descriptive! I have lots of strawberry plants which produce these berries:-



Looks like lots of smaller strawberries merged together. The flowers seem normal and the fruits are delicious, just a funny shape .  I guess it is some sort of virus which produces them. Has anyone else had this happen to their strawberries?



Posted: 28/05/2015 at 16:43

Glyphosate is a chemical weedkiller, the trade name you will see on packs might be Roundup. Look for glyphosate as one of the listed "ingredients".


Large area Heather Planting

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 16:03

The National Trust are working to restore Hindhead Common and the Devil's Punchbowl to heathland so I would suggest contacting them. Not far away from there is Lynchmere Trust which is also doing similar work. Most of the task is getting rid of bracken and birch trees though and both use cattle to help manage the land.

Another common ground cover plant found on these acid sandy heaths is blaeberry/bilbery/whinberry/whortleberry. Well worth considering adding these to the mix.

My New Garden Friend....sorry I had to come and show off

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 01:17

Posted before but OL may enjoy this video of birds feeding in my garden I see our GSW family several times a day and it never gets old.


Bramley Apple Tree

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 13:01

I would remove all the fruit this year and allow one or two next year just to check that they are in fact the varieties you chose. Trees are long term investments and will do best if allowed to build roots first.

New Garden Project

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 11:58

Your plot reminds me of the viewers garden Chris Beardshaw is working on in the Beechgrove Garden series. Look for episode 6, about 6 minutes in to see what they have done.

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 23:10

If it is any consolation I have spent the last 20 years in sporadic warfare against laurel in my garden. It seeds freely and runner roots from a hedge are always trying to colonise. I turn my back on small shoots for a couple of years then I have to take down 8 foot plants. Neighbours have laurel hedges which are 10 feet high and 10 feet wide and it is rather amusing watching them trying to prune with shears. A hard weekend will see them take off 6 inches which will regrow 2 feet in a season.

When you do get your 8 foot hedge be prepared for the hard work or cost of keeping it in check. Nothing gets to 8 feet quickly then stops!

Lawn weedkiller and veg

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 23:15

Are you colour blind? Not being facetious but red/green colour blindness is a very common condition especially in men which has made me wonder about the wisdom of those colour choices for watering cans.


Posted: 13/05/2015 at 23:07

Too late now for major pruning of old wood but you can keep the new growth in check this year. As a starting point prune each new shoot at two leaves beyond any fruit/flower cluster. Prune out side shoots as they appear. Next winter you can carry out major reshaping. I would recommend trying hard wood cuttings when you hard prune as an insurance policy.

azaleas for a beginner

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 22:58

Check out your neighbours gardens. Do they have rhododendrons or camellias growing in free soil? If they have blue hydrangeas then that is also a good sign.

I almost went blind looking at a pair of small leaved azaleas I have by the front door. They are decades old, one purple one pink and the colour contrast with the new bright green leaves is just stunning at this time of year. I normally have a large leaved yellow variety (Rhododendron Luteum?) as a backdrop which is a powerful combination particularly against the purple variety but I pruned that one hard last year to get it back under control. So I can see the attraction. 

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