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Posted: 21/11/2012 at 09:48

Many thanks for the advice. Much appreciated!!

Gardeners' World hibernating

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 17:36

I think the lack of gardening programmes is down to that old perennial "ratings". TV stations seem obsessed with them. Now, if they could make a gardening reality show they'd have a winner! How about; I'm a gardener, get me out there.


Posted: 20/11/2012 at 17:16

Many thanks for the tip. One thing, would it be helpful to spray before there is any sign of Mildew or at the 1st signs?


Posted: 19/11/2012 at 19:34

I'm pretty sure it's powdery mildew, although it's difficult to be absolutely sure. Looking at images on Google they both look like the same as that which my grapes vine suffered from.

As you say, lack of warmth could be a factor as well as the weather being wet in the spring. I'm not sure what chemical control I can use, if any. Any ideas?

Crocosmia Lucifer deadheading

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 11:25

I remove the seed heads to allow the goodness to go back into the bulbs and then wait until the foliage dies off, which can then be easily removed. Much the same as you would do with daffs & tulips etc.

Storing Dahlia Tubers

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 11:23

I usually store mine in flexible plastic pots filled with bark. I find this is a cheaper way of storing them than using vermiculite as I have such a lot of tubers.

Like others I have left some in the ground during the last 3 winters. I cover them with at least 6inches of bark. They nearly all survived but I do find that they are slower to shoot than stored tubers.


Posted: 17/11/2012 at 11:15

Hi All,

Has anybody any solutions as to how to control/prevent mildew on my grapevine. This year the crop was ruined because mildew attacked bothe the leaves and the grapes themselves. I tried various available chemicals but nothing worked.

Many Thanks


Mildew on grape vine

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 09:23

I have an established grape vine which is growing against a south facing brick wall. This year, like last, the leaves have a furry covering on the their undersides which I assume is some sort of powdery mildew. Last year it affected some of the grapes. Can anyone tell me how to prevent/ get rid of this problem? The roots are outside in soil covered by gravel. Is it possible to use some type of spray?

Any help will be gratefully received with thanks.

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