Stephen Shipley

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Climbing rose

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 16:13


If they were coming from the base of the plant i would say remove them, as these are suckers, very quick growing and take nutrients from the main plant. Ive found a lot of new growth on climbers tends to be a diff colour aint sure why be i would leave em alone and re-assess in spring. i never cut my roses down til then, may go against the proper way but had a lot of success leaving this way

Drooping Dahlia

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 21:13

I agree with Alina very good advise but i would ad that Dahilas are extremely thirst so keep em well watered

whats the matter with my pepper

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 21:11

Spoke to my local nursey about a similar problem and in fact they had something very similar happening to a lot of their veg crops and reduced possibilities down to the compost. They have changed the compost on mass suggest you go the same

what are these?

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 12:45

top pic is Phlox bottom pic sweet william (i think) lol

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 14:18

Ive been imformed by my local nusery that by law multipurpose compost now has to carry more green waste from council depots to reduce the massive stock piles of green waste that have built up. Thats why its full of shredded wood and is about as much use as a chocolate fire guard. Wickes, b and q and even john innes seed compost is all the same so looks from my point of view like we need to blame the goverment Again. Best advise i can give is to sieve the contents and make good of a bad suitiuation add grit or loam. Also PH test it ive had a few bags that were on the acidic side.

spring bulbs

Posted: 29/03/2012 at 09:18

Spring bulbs growing blind can be caused by a few things. Ive being trialling things in my garden. If they are large clumps then i would suggest splitting them but not yet. Daffs give six weeks to die down natural. Tulips i cut after flowering to prevent disease. Bluebells prob just need splitting. When ya replant add a general purpose fertisler there are bulb ones available.

brown tips

Posted: 29/03/2012 at 09:11

Could be a few things davie, could be die back in its early stage usually caused by over watering. Could be frost damage just nipping the tender leaves of the young plant. Or could be getting scorched with the low temps on a night then warm morning sunshine. All problems i have had in the past.

Huge aphids!

Posted: 29/03/2012 at 09:05

Keep doing what ya doing. Removal by hand ya best organic solution. There are products available such as lacewing larvae but lacewings as adults do damage some plants. Keep a eye out for ladybirds my garden is crawling with them hence my problem is under control.

Trailing Begonias

Posted: 25/03/2012 at 17:54

they cant go outside til all danger of frost has passed. can be as late as may. I started mine in early march in a green house. If you dont have a green house you could start them now in a well lit window sill indoors


Posted: 25/03/2012 at 17:50

Might be worth while investing in  a ph taesting kit and diesase testing kit available from most aquactic centres to se if you have a problem. It is a poor year for frogs, i dont know why but have heard a lot of people commentin on both lack of frogs and spawn

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