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by sally wright
Mon May 25, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: monterey cypress seed propagation
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: monterey cypress seed propagation

Dear Jules,
sadly the ones that float are usually hollow and un-fertilised. Sorry.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Sun May 24, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: monterey cypress seed propagation
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: monterey cypress seed propagation

Dear Jules, the water does not need to be hot! Please read the instructions again. After you take the seeds out of the water dry their exterior with a bit of paper towel and then put them into the plastic bag. Most tree seeds germinate on the forest floor so full sun is probably not necessary. Pre-c...
by sally wright
Sun May 24, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: monterey cypress seed propagation
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: monterey cypress seed propagation

Dear Jules, look up http://www.treeseedonline.com They have a detailed method of germination to follow. The two things I think you have missed out on are the 24 hour soak before putting the seeds in the fridge and the maintenance of high humidity after sowing (I recommend putting the pot in a plasti...
by sally wright
Fri May 15, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Where to find iron and manganese?
Replies: 2
Views: 521

Re: Where to find iron and manganese?

Dear Elmigo, A good quality tomato food which includes trace elements is probably your easiest way of obtaining the manganese as it is not usually sold as an individual trace element for home use. Tomato foods also contain the iron and magnesium that you need. There are organic versions of tomato fo...
by sally wright
Wed May 13, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Elephant garlic
Replies: 2
Views: 561

Re: Elephant garlic

Dear Tracie, there are several ways of approaching this dilemma. Enjoy the flowers when they arrive; they are rather cute and the local bees will adore them. They also make the gardener's equivalent of the steel ball cradles that were so beloved of the City Yuppie. They are great fun to pat around. ...
by sally wright
Mon May 11, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Growing coriander and dill
Replies: 8
Views: 907

Re: Growing coriander and dill

Dear Helen, dill and coriander are both hardy annuals and can be sown outside from April onwards. They prefer a well drained soil and if that is not available then a large pot or crate is probably best. If you want them for their leaves then they should be prevented from flowering, however both are ...
by sally wright
Tue May 05, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Cucumber with yellowing leaves
Replies: 15
Views: 1661

Re: Cucumber with yellowing leaves

You have answered your own question. Yes they need a feed and yes they need potting up into their big girl pots now. But the yellow leaves at the base will probably stay that way now.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Sat May 02, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Powdery Mildew?
Replies: 7
Views: 912

Re: Powdery Mildew?

Milk and water is a prevention - not a cure. They are infected now and it will only get worse. What you need to do now is - and I know it sounds drastic - is cut off the tops and get rid of them. There is still time for these plants to re-grow from the base and this should be disease free (hopefully...
by sally wright
Sat May 02, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: low temperature in dawn and night in may -- threating runner bean vine ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1168

Re: low temperature in dawn and night in may -- threating runner bean vine ?

Dear livefree, to keep your beans going so that they may be planted out you need to take out the growing tips. Make sure that there is at least 2-3 pairs of adult leaves before you pinch the top off. This will delay the need to plant out by about a fortnight (hopefully). Ideally the overnight temper...
by sally wright
Sat May 02, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Hazelnut propagating failure
Replies: 6
Views: 757

Re: Hazelnut propagating failure

I'm here! right, first take off about half of the leaves, best if these are the lower ones. Put a clear plastic bag over the plants and move them into the shade and keep moist. You might get lucky, hazelnuts are reasonably tough. What you did wrong was digging them up when they had leaves on; hazeln...
by sally wright
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Sprouting tree stump
Replies: 5
Views: 725

Re: Sprouting tree stump

Dear Chloe, perhaps one of the simplest ways of dealing with the stump is to cover it with some old compost sacks (ones coloured black on the inside). Cut them open so they are flat and staple them together so they make a sheet big enough to cover the stump with about 75cms on each side of it. Do tw...
by sally wright
Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Lack of fungal diseases on trees and top fruit
Replies: 17
Views: 6360

Re: Lack of fungal diseases on trees and top fruit

Dear Ian, the brown knobbly bits you are seeing on your trees is Apple Crown Gall. There is no treatment but it rarely proves too damaging to the tree - you should still get a crop. That said it IS infectious and so you should prune the trees with galls after you have pruned any healthy trees you ha...
by sally wright
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Purple sprouting Broccoli as cordons ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1420

Re: Purple sprouting Broccoli as cordons ?

Dear Donald, did I read that right; you are planting out your PSB now? In Devon, with the milder winters you have, I would not have advised even sowing PSB yet! I live in Cambridge and to avoid a fodder crop suitable for feeding giraffes in my brassica cage I do not sow Kale or PSB until the first w...
by sally wright
Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Would someone identify this for me please?
Replies: 10
Views: 1190

Re: Would someone identify this for me please?

Dear Stephen,
feverfew is the host plant for orange tip butterflies; the flowers also attract hoverflies and bees so I think having some on the plot is worthwhile.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Would someone identify this for me please?
Replies: 10
Views: 1190

Re: Would someone identify this for me please?

Dear OH, unless Stephen kept all of last years plant labels and seed packets I suspect we are all going to have to wait until the plant starts to flower. The Chrysanthemum/Pyrethrum/"daisy"/Aster family can be right %$*&£$% to identify from just the leaves. There are thousands of them ...

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