BobTheGardener


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Plant DNA

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 09:26

Interestingly, research has now shown that genetic variation can occur within a single tree:

http://www.nature.com/news/tree-s-leaves-genetically-different-from-its-roots-1.11156

Just to throw a spanner in the works!  Fascinating stuff.

Tulips in a Mixed Border

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 09:18

To give them the best chance of coming back, plant them deep (8" = 20cm) if you leave them in the ground.  

Blueberry

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 09:12

Mine are all now in 50cm pots scroggin and they do well.  I re-pot in spring as that is when the roots start growing.  Over the years I have lost a couple when the roots rotted due to poor drainage and I think I may have potted those on in autumn so they could have been sitting in soggy compost over winter.

Plant ID

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 22:59

Coreopsis?

tiny black flying bugs

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 14:23

Probably two different insects.  The ones on your courgette flowers are almost certainly pollen beetles.  Those eat pollen but cause no real damage.  The ones making sitting outside unpleasant are probably thrips aka 'thunderbugs' or 'thunderflies'.

moving a maple

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 12:05

It's always very risky with such an established tree.  If you attempt it, you need to take as large a rootball as possible.  There's some good advice regarding that on this site:

http://www.japanesemaplesonline.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/home.showpage/pageID/11/index.htm

If you do move it, avoid planting it anywhere where it will get early morning sun as that will damage fresh new growth in early spring, so an east-facing border is not recommended.  Also avoid anywhere open or windy - they need a sheltered site with some shade.

Insect Identification

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 11:53

It's the caterpillar of the Rusty Tussock Moth, sometime known as Vapourer (Origuia antiqua.)  Their food source is varied but mainly trees and shrubs, so your tomatoes should be safe!

It likely just chose your greenhouse to pupate as it is nice and sheltered.

http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?bf=2026

 

Suddenly afflicted Kale - not sure what disease/pest

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 01:01

I think they are single eggs from the small cabbage white but it is difficult to tell from photo's.  If Sophie uses a hand lens to look at them closely all will be revealed!   if they look like this:


 then they are Pieris rapae eggs.

 

Suddenly afflicted Kale - not sure what disease/pest

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 22:23

Is there any chance of some type of chemical spray etc accidentally being blown onto them, such as a fence treatment or weedkiller being used nearby?

What I did notice on the underside of the Kale leaves are a few butterfly eggs, so they'll get caterpillar damage soon if you don't rub those off, even if they survive whatever has caused the white patches!

black fly

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 21:04

Spray the things you really need to (eg runner & french beans) with a few drops of washing-up liquid in a sprayer and try and ignore the rest.  Ladybirds and other predators will soon appear and rapidly multiply to clear them up. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

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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