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raspberry help

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 14:57
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

Sounds like raspberry sawfly.  The only control I know is to spray with an insecticide just before the flowers open.  Look for one which mentions the more common gooseberry sawfly in the list of pests it deals with. I don't know of any organic controls, but others here may have ideas, if you don't want to use any chemical sprays.

Do we have Raspberry Sawfly in the UK? Thought they were an American problem.They are possibly another Sawfly: a Gooseberry Sawfly. Rasp Sawfly are green and Gooseberry a pale Green almost greyish with black heads.

I would avoid chemicals if you want to eat the fruit. A hose over the plant and esp under the leaves washes them off and or using an old sock soaked in water and manually removing them.

Potatos after Jerusalaem Artichokes

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 19:59

Yes they are Helianthus tuberosus, large flowering plants with small yellow flowers.

You can plant potatoes in the same place.

Wood ash

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 15:25
Rosa carriola wrote (see)

In an old gardening book I have it says sprinkle a couple of handfuls in December/January on clematis, peonies, delphiniums.

That is to stop slugs from eating the tender shoots as Slugs do not like the dry ash.

Tiny black flies

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 14:21

I had an infestation from a plant from a well known Swedish furniture company. Even keeping the plant dry in between watering did not help. I used an insecticide and that stopped them.

How do I take and grow cuttings of Smoke Tree (royal Purple) please?

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 21:10
Verdun wrote (see)
I too take cuttings as blairs does.....August/sep time...but in pots left outside in shade. For me, they are easy and root quickly. I cover cuttings with polythene bag for few weeks. Then overwinter, less polythene, in greenhouse. In spring they are raring to go

Ah, you overwinter in a greenhouse. I have left mine out and that seems to be too much for the new roots and the cuttings are dead by spring. I shall try that next year!

Overgrown back garden

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 20:34

I would stain the fence first as it is looking like it needs a coat first.

Second, as above has said, if you want to add borders then plan them now.

Lawn - I would rake over the whole lawn taking all the thatch out. I would then go over it with a garden fork and aerate the whole lawn then get some sand mixed with compost and throw that in the hole created. Leave the lawn for a few weeks. By that itme it will be March and you can throw some grass seed where it needs it.

How do I take and grow cuttings of Smoke Tree (royal Purple) please?

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 15:48

I have propagated both by semi-ripe cuttings. You take a 6-8 inch cutting with this years growth on it and bury the bottom 4 inch or so in the soil. The highest chance of getting them to root is in a propagator with bottom heat, out of direct sunshine, kept watered but not too much. A coldframe does work with the above conditions but takes months to root and they sometimes leaf without roots and then die quickly.

the pope

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 13:06
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I wonder if, as a species, we'll ever grow out of superstition and stop looking outside of ourselves to blame, thank or worship.

You been reading Larkin?

the pope

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 12:04

The Church of England also has its many, many sex scandals:

Groups of muslim immigrants groom and rape white girls (actually all over Europe as cases are showing) for years and years, with left wing apologists covering up for them.

It all shows that no religion is immune.

The God awful Rowan Williams was so non Christian and militant left that he invited muslims to churches and said Sharia law should be allowed in the UK - what sort of leader does that? A very poor one who should have been shot down years before.


Aldi plants

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 21:18

It is a shame nutcutlet as they do seem to get a good variety of plants at times. it is about the only thing I ever buy from them. Their bareoot hedge plants are very good and great value.

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