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worms

Posted: Today at 00:36

Worms pull down dead organic matter from the surface to eat.  If there is none, they will move on or die.  Simples.

efficiency

Posted: Yesterday at 19:32

Sweet peppers, aubergines, chillies, basil, some of the more tender varieties of courgette.  Someone once asked me what I grow in my greenhouse and my reply was "ratatouille"! 

beetle

Posted: Yesterday at 16:25

Oil Beetle I think Lyn.

Some of them are now very rare and several thought to be extinct in the UK, so worth getting it properly identified - try here:

https://www.buglife.org.uk/oil-beetle-survey

 

worms

Posted: Yesterday at 16:22

Mulching with lots of home-made compost and well-rotted farmyard manure will encourage them back in as natural a way as possible.

Help with tree ID please

Posted: Yesterday at 16:19

Good idea Clahay - I love the contrast of yellow with blue - If it doesn't come back well I'd probably replace it with a ceanothus myself.

Canker?

Posted: Yesterday at 16:12

They are just aerial roots which the ivy uses to cling on to things, so nothing at all to worry about.

Help with tree ID please

Posted: Yesterday at 14:26

I agree with nut and will just add that lichen is harmless and just shows that those twigs are very old and that you have good air quality.  It's a relatively short lived shrub so the poor growth may indicate that is is nearing the end of it's life.

Moneymaker tomato leaf problems

Posted: Yesterday at 13:12

If they are outdoors, possibly hail damage - there have been a few threads about that recently.

Smelly

Posted: Yesterday at 13:10

Pure guess - do you have any Red Valerian in your garden?

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/280793/

It's the roots which stink on that one, not the leaves or flowers.  Can't stand it myself.

Id please

Posted: Yesterday at 12:28

Once the seed heads open you can just sprinkle them over the area - the seedings are quite distinctive so you will easily spot them (in fact there is one near the bottom of the photo.)

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Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31
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