BobTheGardener


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Magnolia scale?

Posted: Today at 19:56

Yes it is.  They are sap-sucking insects and the white fluff shows they have eggs ready to hatch so you need to remove them asap.  Scrape them off using a plastic scraper of some kind or, perhaps easier, a really stiff scrubbing brush.  A bucket of soapy water might help too.  Spraying with insecticide is ineffective.

Last edited: 29 May 2017 19:56:55

Large weed rhizomes/roots

Posted: Today at 19:33

The 'Japanese blossom' tree you mention is almost certainly a cherry and those are well known for sending out shallow roots like this.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: Today at 19:02

Squashed about a dozen yesterday and even caught 2 today in the rain. 

Seedling identities

Posted: Today at 18:52

Most poppies don't transplant well so sowing in a seed tray won't generally work very well as the seedlings die when pricked out.  The exception are oriental poppies which can be a bit reluctant from direct sowing.  I started mine off in pots, thinned the seedlings in the pot and then grew them on finally planting the whole pot out.  Once they get going in the soil they are pretty indestuctible though!

Last edited: 29 May 2017 18:52:36

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: Today at 15:06

I'll certainly do that, Dove.

Lichen Infested Trees

Posted: Today at 15:03

The lichen isn't a problem and won't affect the trees.  I suspect they may have canker though but it's difficult to see from the photos.


What is certainly a problem is that the grass has been allowed to grow right up to the trunk.  Grass is a very greedy plant and will be starving the trees for nutrients. It's also possible that feed & weed has been used on the lawn and could have affected the trees because of the closeness of the grass.


What I would do is remove the grass in a circle of at least a metre diameter around the trunks and then sprinkle blood, fish & bone onto the soil, gently working it in, before laying a mulch of well-rotted farmyard manure about 4 inches thick over the soil.  This will feed the trees and they should recover providing thay are not too far gone although I wouldn't expect to see much happen until next spring.


Edit: didn'tsee the posts from obelixx and Dove - tend to agree that it might be best to cut your losses and remove and replace them.

Last edited: 29 May 2017 15:08:46

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: Today at 14:51

Quite excited today as new greenhouse is being delivered tomorrow!  Went for a Rhino premium 8 x 12 after much deliberation.  It's replacing a 4m x 2m polytunnel which hasn't performed as well as I would have liked (the type with the green string woven into the cover.)  Need to erect it PDQ as my other greenhouse is completely packed & overflowing with tender plants.

Fish tank water??

Posted: Today at 14:33

It'll be fine and, as you say, may have few nutrients in it too.

Seedling identities

Posted: Today at 14:14

Not sure about 1 but the rest are various sorts of poppy.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: Today at 14:11

Overnight and morning rain here GD, but really needed it badly - the recent rain kept missing my area.
It stopped for a couple of hours earlier this afternoon so I managed to get my slug nematodes watered in which have been sitting in the fridge for a few days as the ground was dry as a bone.  It's just started spotting again, so that will help the nematodes get to work.


I did wonder what the neighbours thought though, seeing me take 20 trips with the watering can to an already drenched garden!   "Look - Mad Old Bob is watering his garden.. in the rain!"

Last edited: 29 May 2017 14:12:14

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