Adam Pasco

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Talkback: Deterring pigeons

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 00:57

That's an idea Roy. I've heard some head gardeners talk about inviting bird of prey demonstrations into their gardens to help deter pigeons –more to scare them off than eat them, so they do come back. Certainly worth considering.

Talkback: Deterring pigeons

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 14:13

Thanks Marinelilium.  Perhaps that's where I went wrong – is a bird of prey like the falcon doesn't keep them away then I should try and owl. Plastic or real? Or just play them recordings of owls? I need to do something .....

Talkback: Deterring pigeons

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 20:50
Thanks artjak. A reflective barrier is worth considering round crops, but won't look that sightly.
I did read that it's illegal to shoot pigeons unless you have the correct authority. Now I hear from oldchippy that their feathers are like body armour it doesn't sound as if shooting is even an option!
And Dovefromabove, please send your Peregrine's down my way ... there's plenty of food for them here!

Can you identify this raspberry leaf condition?

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 11:13

Yes, looks like nutrient deficiency, or chlorosis. It's often worse on alkaline soils and during dry weather. 

Give your raspberries a generous liquid feed with a balanced fertiliser, and repeat until leaves green-up again. Keep well watered when soil is dry too.

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 11:10

In Peterborough I masses of ladybird larvae, although their parents have been elusive. Both greenfly and blackfly populations have exploded, and on most I've also found ladybird larvae feeding, particularly on teh golden hop and apple tree. I also found a hoverfly larvae feeding too.

Some blackfly on my dwarf dahlias are being spread and protected by ants. You'll often find ants among aphids, as they 'milk' teh aphids for the sugary honeydew (sap) they exude, while keeping predators like ladybirds away.

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 10:43

Well Lucky3, that sounds like perfect biological recycling!

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 09:35

I don't think teh lid of my bin would keep them in.

Pop them in ... turn your back ... and they'll crawl out!

No, this isn't a native pest so does not have any natural predators. Even the last very cold winter hasn't reduced numbers.

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 23:57

There were none first thing this morning, but the heat of the sun appears to have brought them out – well that the the tell-tale sign of chewed leaf edges! I pick them off and crush them. I once made the mistake of placing one on the paving awaiting my boot, but it flew off!

If adults are present then they may have had a chance to lay eggs, so check the underside of leaves for any, and wipe away.

Talkback: Growing pears

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:04
Yes katiebee, that's the lovely thing about having related trees growing in your garden or local area. Crab apples, for instance will pollinate apples, and so on. And BobTheGardener is quite right pointing out that these need to flower at exactly the same time so that bees can transfer pollen from one to the other.

Talkback: Spring blossom

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 22:48

Hi Manx Cats. You're being very patient, as I really would have expected your tree to flower by now. Plums form flowers on shoots that formed the previous year. By its fourth year I would have expected the new growth that developed last summer to have carried flowers this spring.

Perhaps the tree is just putting on too much new growth to have reached flowering and fruiting age, so encourage it to produce flowers by applying a generous feed of Sulphate of Potash fertiliser over the soil around your tree. Potash is the nutrient needed by plants for flowering and fruiting, so is good to use round all fruit trees, bush


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