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Strawberries Dropping Off

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 12:28

I'm glad we don't have tree rats in Scotland Steve 309! I don't think there are voles in the garden as I am sure I would have seen signs of them and the neighbours would have commented. There is a field mouse as I have seen that but I don't think it would get through the net as it is very small netting, the bees manage to get through okay for the pollen.

I have noticed today that I have some nice red strawbs so I am just going to go out and pick them before the rain which I forecast for today comes.

Strawberries Dropping Off

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 11:27

Not that I've seen.

Strawberries Dropping Off

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 14:02

I don,t think it is squirrels Welshonion as they are under netting in the form of a fruit cage, there is nowhere that the squirrel could get in!

Dovefromabove the netting is very securely stapled on to wooden posts in the form of a fruit cage.

Strawberries Dropping Off

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 10:55

I have a bed of strawberries which are now in their third year. Normally I get loads of lovely strawberries but this year I am finding lots of green strawberries on the ground. I keep them watered regularly. Also in the same bed I have a blackcurrant bush, gooseberry bush and thornless blackberry from which I get fruit.  The bed is covered by a net to keep the birds off.  I must have lost about 7 or 8 lbs of strawberries so far. Would welcome any ideas on what could be going wrong.

Mares Tail

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 11:06

I agree with both scroggin and orchid lady, just keep on pulling up as much of it as you can.  The worst thing I find, is that it comes from our neighbours garden and as they cannot see the large amount of mares tail in their garden ( it is hidden from their view by an outbuilding) it doesn't seem to bother them, so they don't weed this area. There is not much I can do about this but it is really annoying!!

Lily beetle on penstemmon plants

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 16:36

I wonder if anyone has seen signs of lily beetle on their plants. Yesterday I found one on a penstemon plant.  At first I thought it was a ladybird but it was a lily beetle.  I thought that these beetles were only found on lilies. Needless to say I squashed it but I wonder if anyone else has found any of these beetles on other plants also.  This is first time I have. I normally only check my lilies once they have emerged and pick off any I find

Talkback: Hostas and slugs

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 13:13

I have some hostas which I hate the slugs getting too.  I start putting down some slug pellets just before the plant emerges. Last year I tried some nemaslug treatment as I had heard Monty Don talking about this.  It was great I didn't apply it until May it gives 6 weeks of cover this also helps the new growth of other plants emerging.  I am just about to apply some today as the ground temperature is ready and we had some very heavy rain yesterday which is the ideal time to apply it.

What I would really like is to have some frogs move in as they would certainly help a lot. 

My dahlia tubers are not doing anything

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 12:54

I over wintered mine in the loft and planted in compost same time as Monty.  I put them out in my unheated greenhouse beginning of April and still have them in there just now.  The greenhouse had been insulated with bubble wrap which helps a lot. Some are about 12ins high and some smaller but about three or four still not showing signs of growth.  Living in Scotland I am very pleased with percentage saved over winter.  I have about 33 in total but I won't be planting in border until nearing end of month when all chance of frost has gone. I would persevere as it is still early days yet and it all depends on temperature. Once the weather turns warmer you may find a difference. Good luck.

Rejuvinating old roses

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 13:42

Could anyone help me with a query.  I am trying to find out if now is too early to start pruning my old roses to rejuvinate them.  These are roses which we inherited when we moved house 2 years ago.  I already pruned them last year and they did flower better but there is a lot of old branches which I am wary of taking away but they do not provide many flowers.

Help with ericacious compost

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 22:55

I also love lillies but grow them in pots and place them through the borders when a space appears.  This year at Harrogate I also discovered that some lillies prefer ericaceous compost, the large oriental ones I think.  Though I have grown some in normal compost, I am trying out the ericaceous compost this year with the new lillies I bought at the show.  I would also agree to adding well rotted manure to your bed as I have taken out some trees and had the same problems with roots left behind.  There certainly is a lot of worms in it but it also takes a lot of hard digging breaking up the soil.  Good luck.

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Lily beetle on penstemmon plants

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