Gardening People: Q & A.
Q Every year, my roses are attacked by black spot. How can I get it out of the soil? - P Brace, Ripley, Derbys
A The most important thing of all is garden hygiene. Pick all affected leaves off the plants and gather up any that fall on the ground and burn them. Also spray regularly with a fungicide designed specifically for roses.
Q I have a camellia in a pot, and a viburnum tinus in the ground. I want to move them, but when should I do that? - B Shelley, Alsager, Stoke- on-Trent
A The potted camellia can be transplanted at any time, but loosen the roots by soaking the root ball in a bucket of water overnight. It must grow in acid soil. I would leave the viburnum until the late autumn.
QI want to grow onions this year but in the past when I try to store them they rot from the neck. What should I do? - D Fox, Broughton, N. Lincs
ATo store them successfully it is vital to ripen them very thoroughly. When the tops of the leaves begin to turn yellow, bend them over so they wither, then pull the onions and lay them on the surface of the soil to ripen in the sun. Store them in a cool, dry, frost-free place, making sure that the bulbs do not touch one another.
QI'd like to grow standard fuchsias up to four feet tall. How can I do this? - C Wiltshier, Coventry
A Pot up the fuchsias you've chosen. Select the central, or as near central, growing point, and cut away all side growth. As the growing point lengthens, train it against a cane. Continue to remove any side growth, and feed the plant with a standard liquid fertiliser. Simply let it grow until it reaches the height you want, then allow side shoots to grow from the top.
SPOT CHECK: Watch your roses