BobTheGardener


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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 17:51

20 million slug nematoes watered in and it started raining just as I finished so perfect!  the 100sq metre pack was enough to do all of my veg patches and borders and all for the price of a couple of plants.  If anything like last year that'll be the last I see of them until the Autumn (assuming Summer actually arrives at some point.) 


Hope everone is looking forward the midsummer day on Tuesday - it's all downhill after that folks!

Aphids on young apple tree

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 13:47

It will be worth it MamaLion.  Fruit trees do require a lot of looking after when they are young but once mature they are far less susceptible to these things. 

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 13:40

Overseas aid has nothing to do with the in-or-out EU vote.  We will continue to give our defined contribution whatever happens and whoever is in government;  It's an international obligation.  What I am seeing in reality is that this government has failed in controlling all types of immigration and has now restricted student visas (because this is one of the few things they can control) and this is already severely damaging our universities (overseas students pay far more than double the fees paid by UK nationals.)  My local university is having to shed 150 jobs right now.  If we leave the EU things will become impossible and home grown student fees will have to rise sharply (potentially double) and some universites will close.  That is a fact.

Aphids on young apple tree

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 11:08

Check if there are any ants crawling on your tree.  If there are, they are the ones spreading the aphids around after you have removed them (ants 'farm' aphids for their honeydew excretion.)  A grease band around the trunk will stop the ants doing this.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 20:56

Put about 20 pepper and chillies into their final pots.  The overwintered peppers now have fruit forming.


Pulled up the last of the erysimums which have finally finished flowering and the cuttings I took from them a few months ago are just starting to flower.  Dead headed about half of the sweet rocket and did loads of weeding.  Nemaslug arrived so tomorrow the whole garden gets treated.  Never seen so many slugs!

Bluebells

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 17:04

Yes you can but the chances are they will be hybrids with the invasive spanish ones.  It'll take about 3 years for them to reach flowering stage.

Can anyone tell me what this is please.

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 13:27

I also think it might be a willow.  Doesn't look like a fruit tree of any kind.

Mature trees, shrubs and perennials dying

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 13:22

I agree with Buttercupdays and think you should contact your local council with the possibility of a rising water table and ground contamination in mind.  Some of that damage does look more like the effects of soil poisoning than disease.  I also have honey fungus present and it doesn't cause the growth distortion which is clearly evident in some of your photos, Stuart.


Edit: You could also have a number of diseases present - once a plant is weakened (for example by honey fungus or a rising water table rotting the roots) any number of secondary diseases can take hold.

Last edited: 18 June 2016 13:25:59

Hibiscus

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 11:04

Yeah, I think we need the proverbial 'decent summer' for hibiscus to flower in this country unless you are lucky enough to have planted them in a local microclimate which suits them.

problems with plumbs

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 11:01

Yes, it's called 'pocket plum' disease and you can read about it at the RHS site, here:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=199


On a large tree, treatment is going to be difficult if not impossible, unfortunately.

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