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Help! My Japanese Maple is covered in bugs

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 21:26

Hi Mrs O,

Try using a spray of diluted Neem oil ... it is totally organic.

See this link for further info.

http://www.discoverneem.com/neem-oil-insecticide.html

and this one for how to make it.

http://www.discoverneem.com/neem-insect-spray.html

Works for me!

 

 

Bee friendly plants for plot with natural springs?

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 17:51

Hi D&C ... sounds like it could be a lovely area.

Some plants to consider include:-

Filipendula purpurea (purple meadowsweet) 

Rodgersia aesculifolia

Ligularia przewalskii .

(Just buy one of each plant .... they are easy to split).

Astrantias might also be nice there.

Be honest now

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 17:10

Saltwater swimming pool for mine.

Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 22:03

Hi Astrudle,

I collect them in the autumn, dry them by hanging the flower heads upside down in a brown paper bag in the shed. Once dry they shake out easily. I sow asap and leave in a coldframe over winter. 

I get good germination over a long period of time ... so I just pot them up individually and grow on until big enough to plant out.

I didn't have any success with bought packets of seed ... which is why I bought a few plants originally so I could add to them using fresh seed.

Good luck!

 

Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 21:32

Hi Justin,

I leave all the growth on over the winter ... and leave the plants in the ground. I pile up leaf mould over the base. They've all survived for the last 3 years (Southern Scotland).

I also sow seeds (fresh from the plants in the late summer) and over winter these in a cold frame. So I've now got a sizeable drift from an original planting of 6 plants ...  and will keep adding each year.

Lime flower bee food

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 19:38

Hi Maggie,

Bees do adore lime flowers ...  and it makes the most delicious honey ... so I do hope your trees recover.

You might want to consider big blocks of Phacelia tanacetifolia and/or Borage. Both very pretty ... and both very easy from seed.

I keep honey bees and find they really like both of these.

Lily Beetle

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 07:59

Hi,

The mix is 10ml in 2L of warm water with a splash of washing up liquid.

Neem can be solid at room temperature and won't pour ... I put mine in the airing cupboard for a few hours before using so it pours easily.

Lily Beetle

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 15:34

Hi,

Have a look at this link for some info.

http://www.discoverneem.com/neem-repellent.html

I make up a spray of neem oil and as soon as growth starts in April I drench the foliage. Any spare solution goes onto the soil below the plant as the earthworms are supposed to love it. I repeat spray every couple of weeks.

Neem is best used prevantatively. It is totally organic and although it stinks a bit is easy to mix up and apply.

I got mine off ebay .... wasn't expensive for a big bottle which will last ages. At room temperature it is solid, but goes liquid again with a couple of hours in the airing cupboard.

I spray my lilies (and fritillaries), a couple of gooseberry bushes, and my solomon's seal as it works for sawfly.

Works for me.

Calla lily not flowering

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 13:07

Hi Lena,

Take care how you feed when you start watering again in Spring.

First year I just used normal houseplant feed and got too much foliage and no flowers. Since then I've used tomato feed and got a good balance of flowers to leaves.

Lily Beetle

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 11:10

That's very useful info Dove .... many thanks.

I keep my oriental lilies in large pots so I can pop into spaces in the garden when needed. I repot them every year and check over for any intruders. I also spray with neem oil solution as the foliage appears and at intervals throughout the year.

Been doing this for a couple of years and so far so good.

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