Latest posts by blueberry77

Harlequin Ladybirds

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 16:49

The advice I read was NOT to kill as there is too much risk of people not recognising some of the more obscure natives and thinking they are the "bad guys" (eg 14 spot, kidney spot, 10 spot and so on)


Posted: 04/08/2012 at 16:46

They like sage and oregano (marjoram), most herb flowers.

The RHS has a list, arranged by season which is something to bear in mind - keep the food sources available throughout the year.

Have you seen one?????

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 12:34

We've had reasonable numbers (in Yorkshire). They made a good job of the greenfly but are turning their noses up at the blackflies for some reason ?


Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 09:27

Mulch with big stone chippings (big ones with sharp edges, not little gravelly stuff). They won't dig through it and eventually just don't come back at all.

Or, cocoa shell (but not good for dogs).

Prickle strips along the tops of fences, and occasional raljex or jeyes around the boundary is repellent to them too.

I've used all these and they work very well

Strawberry Plants - When Do You Cut Them Back?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 19:36

My strawbs, about 18 months old now have finished but made few fruits and LOTS of leaves. Is this the weather or soil too rich or incorrect pruning ?

Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 19:33

Thanks all. I have a bit of space where the early potatoes were lifted. Might try for Pak Choi and see if any local suppliers have any decent sized courgette seedlings.

Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 15:35

Given the poor weather is supposed be on its way out, is it too late to stick a few things in now and hope for some results ?

I was hoping to plant out some courgettes but the seedlings have succumbed and am wondering if it's worth trying to procure some from elsewhere or not ?

What Am I

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 18:26

Hoverfly, no question. Shape of eyes and one set of wings. Still a useful pollinator and gardener's friend.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 17:42

I don't even understand how the BBC are justifying the lack of gardening progs. It's not like it's a totally obscure minority interest. We're not asking for three hours a week on the latest findings in nuclear physics or something (which would be better than most of what's on, but understandable they don't make time for such stuff).

I wouldn't even mind a few repeats, but nothing ???

No flowers on Clematis.

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 15:18

Bob, thank you for the reply but I think mine matches the Niobe. You do have a lovely mixture there.

Kathy, that is mine I think, a very deep claret. I need to do some cuttings as the one I have is hanging on by a thread.

Discussions started by blueberry77

Anyone had success with growing clover ?

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Wasps eating cosmos ?

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Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

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Overwintered failures

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Broad beans again

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Watterlogged soil, everything rotting

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Holes in soil

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Have any of you tried straw as a winter mulch ?

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Ideas for some instant Autumn colour please

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Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

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Does everyone know about the rhs plant finder ?

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