Alina W

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Posted: 24/04/2012 at 16:57

I'm hoping that my aubretia will recover from the torrential rain we've had - the poor thing has almost been flattened. Such a pretty colour, too - blue with a white eye.


Posted: 24/04/2012 at 16:07

It could be rabbits or mice - probably the latter if the chew marks are tiny. The only preventative measure that I can think of is a fine wire cage that you stand over the tulips at night - or mouse traps.


Posted: 24/04/2012 at 15:53

Do you mean iberis - perennial candytuft? If you do then yes, cut back to about half size after flowering.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 14:38

I'm thoroughly confused - I think that I should have made notes!

Beasties etc found in lawns

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 14:36
Wintersong wrote (see)

I'm not sure bugs in the ground would munch through a whole lawn. (I could be wrong!)

They can, Wintersong. A neighbour had to have her lawn lifted and re-turfed, the damage was so extreme.

Pears that never ripen

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 14:32

You may have left them on the tree too long - some pears are actually better taken off the tree green and allowed to ripen indoors.

Talkback: Pear leaf blister mite

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 12:51

You can remove the affected leaves, but there's no treatment that I'm aware of. Although it looks awful, it shouldn't affect the crop.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 12:39

Sunshine, rain later.

Predicted to be chucking it down tomorrow when I'm due to go to Harlow Carr.....

idea's please

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 12:37

In case you don't have access to a lot of organic soil improver at the moment, there is also a product called "Claybreaker" available to break up the soil. The cheaper option is to buy gypsum from a builders' yard.

You will still benefit from adding organic material, but this will get you started.

Beasties etc found in lawns

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 23:06

There is also a biological control available from Nemasys, I believe.

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