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Nasty looking scale on Christmas Cactus

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:37

Difficult to tell really, but judging by some of the damage elsewhere, it may be due to grazing by slugs/snails which has healed or it may be a fungal infection.  Some slug protection would be advisable and you could try giving them a spray with a general fungicide in case it is the latter.  They are not hardy, so remember to put them somewhere frost-free with plenty of light before the first frost arrives. 

Enlarging a pond

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:27

Hi Stagbeetle, I'd leave as much in the bottom of the roofbox as you and your helpers can lift (which may not be much as water is heavy!) and keep it aside until your new pond is in place, then tip it (or shovel it if a muddy layer) into the bottom of the new pond before filling.  This will give the new pond a massive head start as far as wildlife is concerned.  It will make the water very cloudy for a while of course but it will soon settle.

Can I save this tree?

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 19:26
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

Cedrus Atlantica Glauca, or , to paraphrase Monty Python, it's an Ex cedar.

Ah, a "Norwegian Blue" then!

Unfortunately, Hannah, I agree with the others and would replace it.

brussel sprouts

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 19:06

Many of them are F1 hybrids and the seeds are expensive as they require quite a bit of effort to produce.  Even dwarf varieties like "Jade Cross" will grow to about 2 feet tall with standard varieties some 2-4ft but usually about 3ft.

Winter Fruit tree protection

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 18:53

Ants (which 'farm' aphids) will find any way they can to get onto a tree - even a single stem of a tall grass.  They use a 'carpet bombing' approach by wandering absolutely everywhere over time and any which find a way onto the tree and discover a suitable 'farming' site (usually the very youngest leaves) will leave a pheromone trail which the rest will soon follow..

Purple Carrots

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 18:45

I've grown lots of varieties including many different coloured type and totally agree with Steve - any home-grown carrot is far superior to anything bought from a shop - simple as that!

The only ones I wouldn't grow again are packets with a mix of colours as I found the various types included had rather different growth rates so were difficult to pick without disturbing the smaller ones.

Growing basil indoors

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:33

They hate being over watered Bookertoo, could that be a possibility?  I only water mine when they get so dry that the leaves are actually wilting. 

Growing basil indoors

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:12

If it is fungus gnats (aka sciarid flies) as Philippa suggests then the easiest things to do are 1) water only from below never from above and 2) cover the surface of the compost with a good layer of grit (1-2cm deep) as these flies depend on the surface of the compost being damp to lay their eggs and for their larvae to live in:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/greenhouse/how-to-tackle-house-plant-flies/4149.html

 

Rotating Beans Yes / No

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 18:31

I've always rotated all crops but my father grew runner beans in the same spot for 25 years or more so it seems this particular plant isn't as prone to the build-up of diseases or exhaustion of particular soil nutrients as most are.  Although I move mine about, I still use the composting trench technique, as my father did:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/fruit-and-vegetables/how-to-make-a-composting-trench/3600.html

 

Poly tunnels

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 18:59

Hi GWRS, I've had greenhouses for many years but erected a 4x2m poly tunnel in addition in early spring this year (never enough space in my GH) so haven't gone through a full season yet.  However, I've used it to grow pretty much the same things and had successful crops of cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet peppers and chilies.  Half of it was also used for sweet potatoes but I can't report on those as I haven't harvested them yet (they're still growing.)  My observations are that it harder to ventilate (eg no automatic roof vents) and there is appreciably less light available than under glass.  Mine is held down very securely indeed and I think that is very important judging by the experiences of others I have read about.  All in all I am very happy with it.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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