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Runner Beans.

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 00:16

My runner bean construction is based on 3 x 8' galvanised poles, supports and struts 3 wires and a bean net. The wires pass through holes in the poles and through a bean net.  It is immensely strong and needs to be.  I grow huge crops of beans.  Beans are grown on both sides of the support.  Over the years I have found this to be by far the best way to grow runner beans

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 17:07

Same to you Artjak......

Make do and mend

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 17:05

Artjak, I will take pic when the fuschia in it is in full flower.  I can charge you more then for

Rhododendron dead ...or not?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 14:19

Hi virago

Keep us posted.  Like to know what you find.  I'm always curious as to the cause of poorly plants

I suspected vine weevil damage in a similar case goldilocks suggested I checked it's roots...but it was unaffected.  Not sure you  can get Provado vine weevil killer now in the GC's now banned.....but you still might get it online.  If not use nematodes....if you see those grubs.



juniper tree

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 13:05

Hiya Richard. I have a feeling your juniper is dying.

Junipers tolerate dry comditions so I think watering it like that would not have been good.  

Keep an eye on it but, usually, when they,start browning they deteriorate.

Hardy fuchsia

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 12:59

No not too late.  You can cut it right back or to any point you like.  I think fuschias look much better cut hard back and they flower better.  You will delay floweriing ....prob won't get any til late summer

Cuf secateurs...and no jagged or damaged cuts.  And then give it a feed of any balanced fertiliser.  

It will soon leaf up and look good albeit with very late flowers

Rhododendron dead ...or not?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 09:03

Virago, before the leaves dropped did they look like rolled up cigars?  Rolled up tight and then rapid leaf drop?  Are the dead leaves in a tightly rolled-up state?  

If so this is likely to be phytophthora and overwatering is a contributory factor.  It's been cold, we've had a winter and early spring of heavy rain and the roots can't cope esp if plant is in shade.  Sequestrene won't make a difference to this.

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:57

Try some roses chicky.  ( envious, can't grow roses here)


Regale lilies for their scent. Runner beans. 

Phoenix Canariensis help

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:50

Over watering is fatal to canariensis. They grow widely outside down here but mine were in too much damp shade. 


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:47

For heaven's sake folks.......decisions, decisions.  I don't want to draw attention to my knighthood.......I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT MY HUMBLE BUT WELL DESERVED ROYAL RECOGNITION.  

(I intend to put some stickers for my windscreen.....baron Verdun, sir's difficult )

Oops! Dishes to do

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