Latest posts by steephill


Posted: 12/06/2017 at 17:19

Looks like there are several plants in there. Are the small shoots more like you expect your original chilli plant to look? The large plant (goat willow) probably seeded itself last year, I get these all the time in any pots left out.

Purple Flowering Plum Tree roots

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 12:55

If there is any weakness in the brickwork then prunus roots will find their way in. Prunus trees are prone to suckering and their roots go a long way from the mother tree. Being only 3 feet away they will hit the brickwork very quickly. I would move it.

Poorly privet hedge

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 10:15

Possibly an aphid infestation combined with poor growing conditions. A hefty prune down to about 30cm and a good feed might get you going again but growing under major trees is always going to be difficult. Do you ever water the hedge? It shouldn't need it in an open situation but might need help because of the trees sucking up all the moisture.

Magnolia tree

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 16:31

Why was it pruned so heavily? That hasn't done it any good at all so it will need care and attention to survive. 

ID this vine type thing please

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 11:32

Do you like beer? It looks like a variety of hop, possibly golden hop.

To win the war agains Ground Elder

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 13:31

Roundup gel takes a couple of weeks to work, not a couple of days. I would apply more than just a small patch though as ground elder is very fast growing so would treat emerging leaves every couple of days for at least a week to make sure enough is being absorbed to do its job.

WEIRD Creature!!

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 12:53

Humming bird hawk moth perhaps?

Can someone recommend a tree for a memorial?

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 15:58

Catalpa (Indian Bean Tree) one of the golden or purple varieties maybe or perhaps Eucalyptus gunnii Azura. 

Water Conservation

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 11:32

It is a bit industrial looking but an IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) holds a lot more water than most water butts for a much cheaper price - 1,000 litres for about £50. Given the size it is more realistically a solution for larger gardens where you can hide it away and feed it from a more conventional water butt either with a gravity syphon or a pump if levels are different.

Rhododendron Problems

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 11:57

Probably vine weevils - The adults eat the leaves but it is the grubs in the soil eating the roots which do the real damage.

Discussions started by steephill

The cherry thief

Replies: 2    Views: 293
Last Post: 24/06/2017 at 23:31


Breeding success 
Replies: 7    Views: 357
Last Post: 14/06/2017 at 16:36

Average gardeners spending

Replies: 61    Views: 6570
Last Post: 21/05/2016 at 21:17

Helping with the deadheading

Replies: 7    Views: 1043
Last Post: 18/08/2015 at 19:24

Multi-bum stawberries

Replies: 8    Views: 1174
Last Post: 02/06/2015 at 17:13

Honey Bee swarms

Replies: 17    Views: 1162
Last Post: 05/05/2015 at 20:29

Last year's carrots

Replies: 13    Views: 1116
Last Post: 14/04/2015 at 21:29

Bird feeder video

Replies: 13    Views: 973
Last Post: 31/03/2015 at 14:14

Problem viewing on Android tablet

Replies: 6    Views: 1091
Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Hardwood cuttings from apple

Replies: 5    Views: 1600
Last Post: 06/02/2014 at 18:32

Eating weeds

Beating the weeds by eating them 
Replies: 3    Views: 1101
Last Post: 28/09/2013 at 11:21

Strange broad bean

Replies: 2    Views: 1340
Last Post: 22/04/2013 at 18:42

Slow worms and roe deer

Replies: 2    Views: 2982
Last Post: 26/04/2013 at 21:26

Air pots

Replies: 3    Views: 1380
Last Post: 19/04/2013 at 12:43

Bean confession

Replies: 5    Views: 1625
Last Post: 15/08/2012 at 11:16
15 threads returned