Giving this beleaguered tree a more sheltered site for the winter is important. And a good prune next spring (involving the removal of dead branches and general re-shaping) would, by reducing its size, make it easier to spray with systemic fungicide that may just possibly control the leafspot. Also helpful would be the regular clearing up of all future fallen diseased leaves.
Can I reuse the compost from my summer pots next year? Sheila Farnsworth – via emailYou can indeed use potting compost again, but you should inspect it carefully first. To do this, turn out the contents of your containers, check for any fibrous roots lurking within, shake off the soil and bin them. If there are any vine weevil grubs in the compost (white, c-shaped), don’t take any chances: spread the whole lot on a plastic sheet and leave for a day for the robins to have a go at “cleansing” it.
We have a large camellia bush about 6ft tall and in the 17 years we have lived in this house it has only ever produced one flower bud. Our garden is south-facing, and the soil is quite heavy. What can I do to get it to produce flowers in the coming year? Jack McLaren – via emailThe bad news is that there is nothing you can do at this stage of the year to make your camellia flower next spring. Camellias form their flower buds in the second half of the previous summer.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".