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How to stop blue caterpiller eating my purple/brown leaf plant

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 22:17

Thanks for the info. I'll give the spray a go.  Melanie

How to stop blue caterpiller eating my purple/brown leaf plant

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:01

Hi all,

Last year a small blue caterpillar stripped my tall purple/brown plants just before the flowers bloomed. I could not find out what the plants or the caterpillars are as no one knew either.

This year, the caterpillar is back and starting to much its way through the plant. It is not interested in any other plant - at least it was not last year so I am hoping it will be the same this year. 

Could someone a. identify the plant for me and b. help out on what this caterpillar is and c. how to get rid of it.

Thanks in anticipation....

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Holm oak leaf problem?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 17:21

OK, thanks. I'll keep an eye out.

Holm oak leaf problem?

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 23:06

Hi - what do you mean by growing "times"?

Holm oak leaf problem?

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:41

Hi - well, a lot of them are turning yellow but too early to say if all of them are. But there has been significant leaf fall over the past week - enough for me to rake them up.

Holm oak leaf problem?

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 16:21

Hi - we moved into our property last year and this year the holm oak which is an evergreen, seems to be shedding its leaves. Over the past few days leaves are turning yellow/brown and falling. From the websites I've read, there is no mention of leaf fall so I am thinking this is a bad thing. The grass around it is also turning yellow - possibly due to lack of water so we're getting the hose on it this evening. We had various areas of the garden cleared of trees and shrubs and replaced with turf last year, including under the holm oak which we also chopped the lower branches off.

Can anyone advise?

Thanks, Melanie

Raised veg beds - how to build?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 23:32

Thanks all for your help. I am looking for scaffolding boards but failing that, will go gravel boards as I know where to get them. Not sure where to get the posts from - any suggestion BusyBee? I also like the going for tall posts idea so will do that.

Artjak brings up a good point that if I raise it to 30cm it takes a lot of filling. I had thought to do it higher as we are close to a hedge and I know I need to prevent the hedge roots taking all the moisture. But I'll stay a meter away (as was suggested in a different thread) but keep to the shorter bed I think....

Is there any benefit to using week membrane anywhere - a suggestion had been made to line the beds but I presume that is only good for short rooted veg?

Melanie

Raised veg beds - how to build?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 19:44

Hi All, 

I am about to build some raised veg beds, and am wanting 2.2m by 1.4m. I had thought to simply get some ordinary planks of wood.

 But how thick should they be? I do not want really thick ones, just wide enough so a nail won't split the wood.

Also, I was going for 30cm high. I presume it's better to but one plank rather than two on top of each other to get the height unless no option?

And is it best to nail them into each other or to get a post at each corner?

Where have other people got their raised veg wood planks and posts from?

thanks

Raised veg beds next to hedge

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 10:29

Thanks Bob. What veg may a membrane not be suitable for? I may do some with and some without.

 

 

Raised veg beds next to hedge

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 11:15

Hi, (I initially posted this in the wrong place "Talkback" so am repeating it here - apologies for this).

We have recently moved and I want to install about 4 raised veg beds at the end of the garden next to the boundary hedge - I think it's hawthorn (I'm new to gardening!).


I've heard that you should leave some distance between the hedge and beds to prevent the hedge roots sucking up all the water in the soil. I am willing to get the hose pipe on the veg if it's not rained for a while but is that good enough?


I'd be grateful for advice on this matter. Thanks all.

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Discussions started by 1919Melanie

How to stop blue caterpiller eating my purple/brown leaf plant

Last year and now this, a caterpillar is shredding my plants 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 22:17

Holm oak leaf problem?

Leaves turning yellow and falling 
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Last Post: 05/05/2014 at 17:21

Raised veg beds - how to build?

what is best way to build the raised beds and size of planks 
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Last Post: 16/03/2014 at 19:04

Raised veg beds next to hedge

How close to a hedge can raised veg beds be? 
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Last Post: 04/03/2014 at 20:02

Raised veg beds next to hedge

How close to a hedge can raised veg beds be? 
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Last Post: 10/03/2014 at 10:29
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