Angela at 27

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Vine weevil evil :-(

Posted: Yesterday at 08:21

That’s interesting. I’ve done that for other infestations such as ants and wood lice but maybe I didn’t allow enough time for vine weevils. I once put a vine weevil grub in a glass of water and watched it for a day seemingly unaffected. I will try two days or maybe a shot of washing up liquid in the water.

Can you grow a tree in a pot?

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 12:39

I've got a silver birch in a pot.  I bought a number of different packets of birch seeds from Chiltern seeds a few years ago but only the common one grew.  Its in its third year and still looks pretty in a 12 inch pot with blue lobelia growing around it.  I think next year will be its last year before I start again.  Its about 2 ft tall just now.

slug clear liquid metaldehyde

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 18:52

I have a major slug problem and although using nematodes still have to do a nightly torch expedition.  One thing I have noticed though which nobody else has mentioned, if you find slugs on a nice dry day when tidying around, if you put them in a dry trug and just leave them it doesn't seem to occur to them to climb out and they will die within an hour or so because they can't be in the open when its dry.  Problem solved!


how do they grow begonias tubers as a plug plant

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 22:47

Thanks Lorr - I was thinking of taking a leaf out of your book.  There is just one of the three I bought still growing.  The annoying thing is that the soil will probably be contaminated with the fungi spores and so I will have to throw the whole container full away.

how do they grow begonias tubers as a plug plant

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 21:08

My new tubers from the Garden Centre have rotted off and I've no idea what I did wrong. I planted them up as instructed (very shallow) and kept them in the light but frost free. Am I just unlucky or was it too soon to plant them? What temp should they have been kept at?

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Posted: 21/03/2014 at 07:42

Martel, I bought some Asda compost last week and only realised later that it was peat! No wonder you thought it looked good but we shouldn't be buying peat.  I'll have to find a different compost source.

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Posted: 18/03/2014 at 16:57

Zoomer, Black Darlek's are great - I've  got one in the church garden and it heats up nicely.  My home one though is aluminium.  It was the only square one I could get that fits a corner where the landscaper left a flag out for me to put a compost bin.  It had to have straight sides so as to fit in the corner.  As you know many of them are a graded width (goodness knows why).  Anyway, it doesn't get even warm on the hottest days so far as I can see.


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Posted: 11/03/2014 at 14:44

Ah, I see what you're saying Edd but my garden is only tiny and so my composting is done in a compost bin which does not get hot.  I've got a very old book (1920) which deals with sterilising compost . . .  I guess gardening was hard work back in those days.


dahlia tubers in ground through winter question.

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 14:11

Where can you buy sulphur powder Malcolm? 


Sedum maintainance help required

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 14:06

Word of warning though.  Many semperviviums don't tolerate wet and that's what we seem to be having a lot of lately.  I've two outside my window as I write - one is fine and perky but the other has only two small growing points and all the rest has died.  Some people put them under cover in the winter.


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