I have been growing a bay tree in a pot for several years now and I noticed in early spring that, although many of the leaves did appear green and healthy, a significant number were damaged and had started to turn brown. As bay trees are evergreen, this concerned me.
I have a large 3 metre high privet hedge in my garden. I have noticed that it’s thickness seems to significantly reduce over the winter months, with a lot of the leaves falling to the ground. This made me think: is it normal for privet hedges to drop leaves during winter, or is it a sign that there is something wrong?
My Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’ has flourished since I got it around 5 years ago. After a prolonged cold snap in the UK this winter, with temperatures down to -10 in my area, it has sustained some severe frost damage. All of the leaves at the top of the stem have completely collapsed and turned brown. I am concerned that the plant may have died.
I have recently moved my chilli plant indoors now that the UK winter is approaching in an effort to extend the fruiting season and ensure a supply of freshly grown chillis all year round. In doing this, I have come across an unexpected problem: I started to notice the presence of lots of tiny black flies all around the plant.
Having decided to grow runner beans this year, I was concerned when I saw several areas of black bug infestations on both the stems and on the underside of the runner bean leaves. So I set about trying to find out exactly what these black bugs were, why they were there and how I could best get rid of them.
If you only have a very small garden, or maybe just a balcony, and are looking to grow runner beans in containers, how do you create the best growing environment to ensure a strong and healthy crop? Here we will take a look at the ideal conditions that runner beans need in order to survive and thrive!