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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 19:43

Non-stop drizzling rain all day here so potted-on some year old dierama I grew from seed - 10 Slieve Donard and 10 hybrids.  Also repotted a couple of lovely heucheras which came as plugs last autumn.  Sowed 6 melons and 4 more squash on the heated bench I made about 18 months ago.

Ants

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 13:11

Vine weevil adults are emerging at the moment, but they usually nibble the edges of leaves.  How big are these holes?

Another possibility is delphinium moth caterpillars:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/check-your-delphiniums-for-caterpillars/307127.html

 

Pest ID please

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 13:05

They look like leatherjackets (cranefly larvae) to me:

http://www.farminguk.com/News/Double-the-trouble-from-leatherjackets-this-spring_25563.html

 

fungus gnats on houseplants!

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 12:45

Yes, cover the soil in all of your pots with about an inch of horicultural grit and only water from the bottom.  The adults will have nowhere to lay their eggs but it will take a few weeks for the cycle to be broken.

Ceanothus

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 11:13

Looking at it as a opportunity to plant something new helps a bit when I lose something like that.

cast iron

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 11:11

If it's painted, then you need to remove that, assuming you want to make it look totally rusted.  Nitromors will do that with a large dose of elbow grease, but it will take a while afterwards for rust to take hold.  You can speed up the rusting process by painting it with s salt solution.  Less hard work would be to have it sand or bead blasted (contact a few automotive restorers for that type work) but it will cost a bit.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 20:05

Potted-on 96 tomato plants today - 17 of the 20 varieties (old seeds from up to 10 years ago I found during a clearout) had germinated on the heated bench and were shooting up - methinks I've overdone it yet again!   Then guess what arrived?  Yep, 10 tomato plants I'd ordered as a backup, just in case.. 

 

Tulips or Crocus

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 19:34

I bought some mixed crocus baza and just chucked 'em in without really looking.  Iris reticulata is what came up this spring!  Suppliers do make mistakes.

Storing tulip bulbs

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 14:00

Fantastic - the Dutch certainly know how to grow tulips!

Talkback: How to grow aubergines

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 13:59

Try hand-pollinating them Catherine.  The problem with growing them under cover is that the insects can't easily get to them.  Take a small very soft brush (like an artists paintbrush or make-up brush) and gently push it into the centre of every open flower.  If you do that every day, most of the fruit should set providing other conditions are right.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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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