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Soggy Discentra

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 12:36

I think you're right about overwatering it.  I'd plant it back into a mixture of fine grit and compost, water it once and then not again until the compost feels dry to about an inch depth when you stick your finger in.

Lilly beetle

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 12:28

Hi lisa, Assuming you used nematodes against the vine weevil grubs, those will have no effect on lily beetle, which overwinter as adults anyway.  The only defence is squashing them or spraying the lilies with a systemic insecticide like Provado, which many of us have now stopped doing due to environmental concerns.  Unfortunately, these invaders have no natural predators in this country.

The glory of Daffodils

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 13:22

Some of mine have gone over but most still going:

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Secateurs

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 11:12

The anvil type are supposed to be easier to use when cutting thick woody stems with less chance of splitting the stem but I never use my pair, preferring the bypass ones which can get into awkward areas more easily.  For thick woody stuff like buddleia, hawthorn and hazel, I have a pair of anvil loppers which are great.  As I'm certain you know already, the main thing is to keep them sharp, so worth checking that they can easily be dismantled as doing that makes sharpening them much easier.

Broad Beans being eaten

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 19:21

It could also be pigeons.  I've watched woodpigeons ferret below the soil until finding a broad bean seed and then lift and swallow it whole.  One bird managed half a row before I got outside to scare it away.  I grow them in small pots now and only plant out when they are several inches tall to avoid this sort of damage by rodents or pigeons.

spindley thin tomato plants

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 19:02

You're not giving us much to go on, tom, but reasons for tall spindly tomato seedlings include:  Too much warmth after germination, not enough light, use of fertilizer too early in their life.  Are any of those a possibility?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 20:21

Not this one is it Dove?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/41419.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

'Rip van Winkle'

 

Butterfly sightings 2014

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 20:12

Lots of peacocks and small tortoiseshells about this weekend - most I could count at one time (tricky when they're all over the shop) was 12 (mainly peacocks.)  Also a very large brimstone.

slugs

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 20:02

Hi Rob,  Slug ID guide here:

http://adlib.everysite.co.uk/adlib/defra/content.aspx?id=178456

Yours looks like a  grey field slug (aka Netted slug) to me.

tulip bulbs

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 14:25

Hi Marion, I have some yellow and some red which have been going since I moved here over 30 years ago but they are still in their nappies compared to yours!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57
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