Valerie Stephens

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Dying Ivy

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 23:35

I have a patch of dead Ivy in an otherwise healthy growth which covers the front south facing wall of my house. I know Ivy is abhorrent to a lot of gardeners but I love it and would be very disappointed to lose it.  Can anyone explain why the patch has died yet new growth is springing forth everywhere else? 

Thanking you in advance,  V S

Pink leaves on my cabbage plants

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 22:49

Thanks, BLT,

I had this problem a couple of years ago and was given advice about the Epsom Salts but forgot what to do.

Pink leaves on my cabbage plants

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 19:02

I planted cabbages a few weeks ago which now have pink leaves I heard Epson salts helped. Is that right and how do I apply it

Withered foliage on potatoes

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 23:04

Thank you, Ceres.

They were 2nd earlies, Kestrel and Wilja. We have only tried the Kestrel and they are fine so will dig up some Wilja.

Withered foliage on potatoes

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 22:35


The foliage on our potatoes has turned yellow and in some cases withered away altogether whilst potatoes in adjoining allotments are showing healthy dark green foliage with little white flowers. We dug a couple of plants up today and the potatoes with the exception of a couple, were fine except for rough patches on the skin. What have we done wrong ?

Parsnips problem

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 21:54

Looks like we are going to start from scratch. When is the best time of year to plant parsnips?


Posted: 06/06/2015 at 13:18

We sowed some seeds in pots in our mini-greenhouse which have grown into healthy seedlings. What we would like to know is, can we re-plant them successfully into our allotment? Any advice will be most welcome, thank you.

Rapidly growing Acer in a small front garden

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 21:19

Thank you all for your welcome advice. I found the label that was attached when it was a delicate looking shrub and it says that it is Acer palmatum Bloodgood. The care advice is exactly as you have given so once again, thank you.

Rapidly growing Acer in a small front garden

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 17:25

Hi, We have a lovely Acer tree which we planted in our front garden when it grew too large for its pot. We would like to trim it and wondered how we would or even should go about it 

 The decorations were for a birthday. Embarrassing! 

Ridding brassicas of pests

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 23:40

Caterpillars, not humans haha

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Stinking shrub

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Dead Ivy

Patchy Ivy 
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Dying Ivy

Brown patches  
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Pink leaves on my cabbage plants

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Last Post: 05/07/2016 at 22:49

Withered foliage on potatoes

Yellow, dried foliage 
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Last Post: 22/07/2015 at 23:04


Can parsnips be started off in greenhouse and replanted 
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Rapidly growing Acer in a small front garden

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Ridding brassicas of pests

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Why won't my tomatoes ripen?

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Discoloured Cabbage plants

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