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hiya, could someone tell me what are theses flys that have seem to of landed in my garden,they are millions of them and they are all over the ponds,,,,they are not on the plants just hoovering over water,also they are very small.... help.
What insect builds a cocoon of leaves in soil (of spring cabbage seedlings)? I have creatures similar to wasps/bees that have made a hole in the soil of my spring cabbage seedlings and keep returning with small pieces of leaves. When I broke the soil away there are neat cocoons made of the leaves with a waxy substance inside. What are the creatures?
I love gardeners world but find it completely ruined for me by the incessant, intrusive so-called music in the background. I struggle to hear the dialogue. Tonight the pianist was repeatedly playing 3 notes over and over again. Why do we need it, what does it add?
I have got a type of soft whit e fungus on my japanse maple and on my bay leaf tree one small one has died what is how can i stop it spreadinBg thanksBrian.
I have clusters of eggs and black flys with red makings all over my cherry tree. Whole areas of leaves appear to be decimated by this. Anyone know what it may be and if there is a solution? Thanks.


I've got blck dots on my mint, surrounded by what looks like a sticky white web. I'm quite new to gardening and have no idea what is is. Save my mint! Thank you
I have 8 tomato plants in my greenhouse and have done for the last 2 years with no problem this year disaster has sruck and 3 of the plants have curley leaves and the growth seems to have been stunted and the stems have white lumps along the main stem please help this has never happend before and i am scared thatit might spread to the other 5 plants
I have noticed in a garden alot of small grass hoppers appearing over the last month. Are they harmful to the grass/plants and if so how can I get rid of them? I have cats and kids so it would need to be something that is not harmful to them
My runner bean flowers are smothered in pollen beetles will they affect crop production?
To Brianuk I, too had a problem with my Japanese maple. A scale-type inspect with a shite 'cotton wool' tipe casing. Had to resort to an insecticide on advice from chap at local garden centre. He thought it was mealy bug???
Brian-uk - Pardon the typo! I meant white of course! Also, garden centre chap said that the leaves may fall off the plant after using the insecticide but not to worry as they would grow back. Have had some leaf loss but not a lot. Will check future typing before I submit. Apologies for any offence.
Doodi - I would also like to hear of a solution to hollyhock rust. The plant is very sturdy and has lots of buds but the leaves are dereadful.
Lyn - I also found neat cocoons made of leaves under the soil of my salad seedlings in the greenhouse. I wonder what they are? My seedlings all died off. The centre of the cocoon was full of smelly goo.
our front lawn is full of moss and weeds and the soil is mostly clay we wish to try and make it look good for next year as our daughter is getting married and wish to photos in the garden before she leaves can you tell us the best way to get it looking lush and green


hi i live on east coast we have had thousands of little black flying beetles they are all over the plants and destroyin them anyone know what they are and how to get rid of pls
Nearly all Hollyhocks get rust. It is totally harmless, just a bit unsightly. The rust "spores lay dormant in the plant over winter, and so the only way to control it is by growing new plants every year or two. That is why they are classed as "Biennials"( grow one year and flower the next). You can grow your own successfully from seed taken from existing plants in your garden, or buy seed from a reputable firm.
could someone tell me what has nested in my log nest,it looks like a small bee and is also carrying a cut out piece of leaf into the hole on the log, 2 of the hole have also got a leaf covering the holes,so something is in there,i've only had it hanging in the garden for 2 weeks and i have just noticed today something flying into it,hence i then noticed the other side had been occupied.
Hello, I'm new to greenhouse gardening and all well so far, except a few of my Lavender plants grown from seed are going green on the top of the compost. Am I watering too much? I do find it difficult to gauge watering. Any help gratefully received. Regards