Latest posts by Verdun

Rose Fertiliser

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 07:53


Your rose will be just fine.

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 07:40

I like europeans.  . Very much .  I don't like the EU.   There is a mighty difference

just because we urge people to leave the EU it doesnt mean we are anti anybody.

if the EU would allow us to control the numbers coming here I would prob vote to remain.  However, we have open borders and for me this is a big, big worry 

PP, there is nothing wrong in asking how it affects ME? 

Hellebores - black spot?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 07:33

Yes Ckicky, hell black spot.  

In my own garden I have deduced where H B S occurs and where it doesn't and in the drier parts hellebores are free of it.  In an area where I also grow moisture loving plants and where I water during the summer black spot is prevalent.  I reduced the watering or moved hellebores and black spot all but disappeared.  So, for me it is associsted with humidity. 

My regime then is to keep foliage as dry as possible, to make sure other plants do not encroach too much thus providing better air circulation, sprays of seaweed and neem oil and to remove affected leaves....AND STEMS.  I also feed well and mulch well.

I suggest moving one or two hellebores to a drier spot,,cutting all affected foliage to the ground and spraying with a fungicide.  Mulch and keep watered this summer.  

Watering the garden

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 23:11

Emmapynn, no brown grass does not mean too much watering.  It will simply produce lush green.

yes, you can over water.......roots will not go deep to search for moisture and plants will suffer when watering stops.  Water thoroughly at planting time; water again well a day or so later and then mulch well.  Water only plants that need extra water....hostas, perennial lobelias, astilbes, hostas, acteas etc...and not yet established plants.  Too much water produces too lush...and, paradoxically, weaker growth susceptable to pests and less resilient to strong winds. 

Pots?  Depends on what you are growing but most will need copious watering every day even if it rains. 

I keep my veg patch fairly moist up to mid summer for carrots, onions and salad crops and then ease off except for beans and lettuce. Carrots grow esp well for me....dry, wet, dry wet produces tough split roots so maintaining regular but low moisture for them produces very tasty carrots. 

Must confess I love watering.  With selective watering and thick mulching I manage to have a lush looking garden in the hottest of summers.  Keeps me cool too 

3rd season for rhodo, but not growing much..

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 22:06

Well it looks great C3k.  It looks like you have fed ot well 

However, it may need repotting.  

Wait until flowerimg is over and gently tip plant out and look at the roots.  If congested or getting that way it will confirm repotting

a good john innes ...soil based....ericaceous compost and water well 

How to move this fern

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 21:58

As big a rootball as possible. dig deep as you can then water it really well.  Keep it wet and ideally plant in the shade or partially shaded spot 

Sedum help please

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 21:53

Couple of problems there Hollie 

shady spot is a big no.....they will hate that.  As much sun as possible and in poor soil.

snails love sedums.....check at night for them 


Posted: 17/05/2016 at 21:48

Love it with vinegar Chris but great ideas there.......

I spray with seaweed twice in the summer.  An old tip from wise old grower a few years back. beetroot is a maritime crop so seaweed made a lot of sense.  Always grow good crops 

Fowl treatment or wot?((

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 21:43

Choysia Aztec Pearl

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 21:21

Try layering a stem or two......a slight nick on bottom ( sounds uncomfortable doesn't it ) of the stem, peg it down and cover with moist soil or compost.  By the end of the summer it will have rooted.  Sever it and pot up 

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