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Entries from August 2008

Flooding damage to soil

August 27th, 2008 · Comments Off

Question My garden was recently flooded and my vegetable patch sat under 3 ft of water for several days. What impact if any will this have on the soil structure?. Is there anything I should now do to enhance my soil condition? I garden organically and intend to introduce some more worms as many appear […]

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Fungus and algae problems on paths and patios

August 25th, 2008 · Comments Off

Question I have a problem with fungus growing in several places on my patio and garden steps , it looks quite like seaweed in colour and texture , it started last year but this year is much worse and is very unsightly .it only appears to be growing through my patio slabs and pathway but […]

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Ground elder taking over grass

August 25th, 2008 · Comments Off

Question My problem is with the dreaded Ground Elder. It’s growing in large patches in my lawn. I didn’t worry at first, because I had read that it can’t survive repeated mowing, but I now wonder whether this depends on the height of cut! I keep my grass fairly long (about 3cm) with a fairly […]

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Old plum trees

August 20th, 2008 · Comments Off

Question I have an old plum tree – a cherry plum, I believe – which was unstable and gradually leaning over. It was cut down earlier this year leaving a sucker around 9-10 ft high which I was assured would grow strongly and soon replace the older trunk. But unfortunately this was not supported and […]

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Fungal attack on lawn – black patches

August 20th, 2008 · Comments Off

Question We live on top of a hill, 800ft elevation. Black patches are appearing on my lawn which appear to look like oil, but on close examination is some kind of fungal growth. They appeared about a month ago, and are getting bigger.. Answer With regards to your question on the Black patches are appearing […]

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Recommended pond plants

August 20th, 2008 · Comments Off

Question Please could you recommend some plant for my new pond. Answer The is a list of our recommended water plant . Latin name: Nymphaea ‘Marliacea Chromatella’ Common name: Water lily . Type of plant: Deep water aquatic . Planting depth: Crown must be under 22cm to 30cm (9in-12in) of water. Hardiness: Hardy. Flower colour: […]

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Chamaerops humilis

August 20th, 2008 · Comments Off

Question Any gardening tips on caring for Chamaerops humilis. Answer With regards to your question on Chamaerops humilis below is some basic information we found on the BBC web site. In addition to this I would say that the key items in caring for this plant is to keep it in shelter in the winter […]

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