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Solomon's Seal and Sawfly AND Geraniums with leaves eaten

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 22:06

Hi NorthernLass2,

You might want to try neem oil. I use it for gooseberry sawfly and it also works on the Solomon's Seal.

I make up a spray of neem oil and as soon as all the leaves are out I drench each plant. Any spare solution goes onto the soil below as the earthworms are supposed to love it. I do further drenches every 4-6 weeks (just in case) and have had no problems.

Neem is totally organic and although it stinks a bit is easy to mix up and apply (see link below). 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.

Also using on the lilies as the dreaded beetle has now put an appearance in Scotland.

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

 

 

 

Calla lilies

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 10:31

Hi ....  just 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. This year I've used tomato feed and got a good balance of flowers to leaves.

 

 

Gooseberry Bush Being Eaten Alive

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 21:50

Hi Andrew,

Three years ago I was in the same boat as you ... ended up with not a leaf on any bush. Since then I've made up a spray of neem oil and as soon as all the leaves are out in April I drench each bush. Any spare solution goes onto the soil below the plant as the earthworms are supposed to love it. I do a second drench at the end of May (just in case) and have had great crops since.

Neem is totally organic and although it stinks a bit is easy to mix up and apply (see link below). 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.

Am using this year on the lilies as the dreaded beetle has now put an appearance in Scotland.

Just a shame it doesn't work on slugs ....

So, worth a try ... good luck.

 

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

no worms

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 07:42

Hi,

You might have New Zealand flatworms .... see the article below for info.

Apparently they feed on earthworms  .... not nice!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/ken-thompson/9080122/New-Zealand-flatworms-should-we-worry.html

Should my fagus sylvatica purpurea have keaves yet!

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 18:45

Hi,

I have a large hedge of fagus sylvatica purpurea .... now about 8 years old.

It is now beginning to show fresh new leaves, and I'm in southern Scotland.

You'll probably see some action soon as the new leaves push off the old ones.

Ahhhhh Goosebeery sawfly are back!

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 09:58

Hi Meerkat,

Three years ago I was in the same boat as you ... ended up with not a leaf on any bush. Since then I've made up a spray of neem oil and as soon as all the leaves are out in April I drench each bush. Any spare solution goes onto the soil below the plant as the earthworms are supposed to love it. I do a second drench at the end of May (just in case) and have had great crops since.

Neem is totally organic and although it stinks a bit is easy to mix up and apply (see link below). 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.

Am using this year on the lilies as the dreaded beetle has now put an appearance in Scotland.

Just a shame it doesn't work on slugs ....

So, worth a try ... good luck.

 

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

Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 09:41

Can I just put a plea in for Himalayan Balsam?

This is a superb honey bee plant .... a great late summer nectar source.

I live on a river and the bees actively seek it out .... I can tell when they've been to the balsam as they all come back to the hive covered in white pollen like little white ghosts!

Makes great honey too ... so all in all a smashing plant in my opinion!

 

Lily beetle on penstemmon plants

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 22:20

This is the first year I've had any problems (one pot of Fritillaria Uva-Vulpis decimated .... but the other 3 are fine).

Didn't think lily beetles were in my part of Scotland.

Have sprayed all lilies and fritillaria with neem solution .... and doused the soil. Hopefully this will work.

Sycamore seedlings

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 20:45

Evening everyone ...

Can I put a plea in for the sycamores?

All acers are absolutely great for honeybees ... an excellent source of early nectar and pollen.

No chainsaws ...thanks.

Sawfly -Gooseberries

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 21:48

You might want to try neem as an organic option.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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