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Plant Identification

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 10:54

Datura stramonium (thorn apple):

Blueberry Pruning

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 10:48

That's a very young plant and eventually you want all of the stems as tall as that one.  However, as all of the existing stems have flowers, leave it as it is for now.  In winter, remove up to a third of the thinnest weak spindly stems by cutting them right back to the ground.  This will encourage new vigorous stems to sprout from the base and it is those which will produce the best crop in coming years.  At the same time, prune off any dead twiggy branch tips which carried the previous crop of fruit.  Remember to use an ericaceous feed designed for acid loving plants about once a fortnight from the time the flowers open until the fruit has ripened.

In a few years, remove one or two of the oldest stems right back to the base each winter which will, again, encourage new strong growth and this will keep the bush productive.

Last edited: 30 September 2017 10:51:37

Help identify this tool

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 09:10

Looks like an expanding wall plug to me.

Insects of the day

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 22:34

Two of the 15 to 20 (ever tried counting more then a few?!) Red Admiral butterflies enjoying nectar from the ivy blossom last weekend.

What's wrong with my potatoes?

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 18:31

It's not really a disease as such, more a physiological disorder caused by growing conditions.  I had it on a couple of very large spuds which I recently lifted.  That very dry spring many of us had this year is the cause, I would think.

What is wrong with my tomatoes?

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 18:25

Hi Kirsty, unfortunately this is know as 'late blight' and lots of folk have been affected.  When you dig up the plants, either burn them or put them in your black bin - don't put them on the compost heap.  It's an air-borne fungal disease and the same one which affects potatoes.  When you grow tomatoes next year, immediately remove any leaves which show any sign of disease and by doing this you can sometimes slow the progress.

Hedgehog homes and feeding stations

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 19:46

It's a bit of a minefield to be honest Dave - there's a thread about trailcams - will see if I can find it.
The main problem seems to be whether a camera will detect the small animals we want to photograph - most cameras seem to be aimed towards deer and the like.  That is a very good price if it will trigger properly on small creatures.

I went through 2 models before I got one that I was happy with:

Hedgehog homes and feeding stations

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 19:11

Just a warning that rodents cover bowls of food with leaves and other detritus so keep an eye out for those.  You probably have both hogs and rodents using the feeding station and as long as you don't have a plague of rats it's not something to worry about too much.  I have a trail camera and see both mice and hogs visiting.  The mice are very cute.

Name This Clematis

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 19:05

That would make it an early large flowered variety and group 2 for pruning which should help in the search.

Name This Clematis

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 18:56

Is this the first, second or only flush of flowers this year?  That will help to ID it as there are an awful lot which are that colour and size.  If you want to have a look through some yourself, this is a great site:

Try the Picture search.

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