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Lawn Damage

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 16:59

Can't do much.  Can you water thoroughly.  Those areas will prob die.  Suggest you reseed when those areas become bare

Never use fertiliser anything like that if it's state has become sticky,or lumpy.

Problem affecting impatiens, tomatoes and geraniums

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 16:27

Put them outside yes but I think fleece is a sensible precaution for couple of days.  I dont think there is an  issue but have a look for soil pests like vine weevil. They do attack pelargoniums and impatiens

sambucus black lace cutting back? confusing advice

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 16:21

You can cut elders as hard as you problem at all.

I wouldn't move your elder.  However, cuttings are so easy, so quick and can be taken now.  You will have a new plant next year


Posted: 08/05/2013 at 13:24 was ME!  Lol

Pinch out when a pair of new shoots is soon on stems.  Pinch out often to effectively double up on growth.  My cosmos are in 1 litre pots and very bushy.  I will plant out in 2 weeks or so but also pot on some imto 2 or 3 litre pots for later plantImg.

Coincidentally my neighbour was planting out his cosmos yesterday...straggly 5" or so specimens each with a terminal flower bud ....ideal candidates for slug bait. I persuaded him to pot on some and pinch out in the process

Problem affecting impatiens, tomatoes and geraniums

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 12:58

There is a disease of busy lizzies....have you got the normal ones?

Most of us now grow disease resistant varieties, like the new guinea hybrids because over the past 3 years or so busy lizzies have been attacked by a fungal disease that is fatal to them.  Sounds very much like your plants have this.

I think your tomatoes and pelargoniums will be ok 

Problem affecting impatiens, tomatoes and geraniums

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 12:32

Are these plants together in the greenhouse?  Sounds like the sun has been too strong and the plants not totally hardened off.  

I would feed and ensure watering is adequate.

Busy lizzies do not like strong sun, the tomatoes are young plants with immature leaves so sensitive to sun.  

I would be interested in other comments....some of my pelargoniums have white leaves but I do t suspect pest or disease.  I expect them to grow out of this state

Marigolds in the veg patch

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 12:22

Occasionally I plant marigolds in my veg patch.  Sometimes for appearance but also because they apparently deter eelworm and other pests from inhabiting the soil. 

Others do this?  Or anything else?  It's a sort of companion planting one would do in the greenhouse, viz.   marigolds or tagetes with tomatoes for whiteflly

to bark or not

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 12:13

Have to agree with bookertoo, I don't dig my garden either....except for runner bean trench.....and simply add compost each year.  Digging,often destroys,the structure of the soil. 

Bark is a great hiding place for nasties ...there are better mulches....but I would dig it into your soil


Posted: 08/05/2013 at 12:08

Andy...we will miss you if you don't post

creating a full bodied hedge

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 12:07

When trimming hedges aim for the top to be narrower than the base.  So a slight angle to enable light to reach the base.  Hedges look better like that anyway

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