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Posted: 18/10/2015 at 17:29

Rats would be my next suspect.

If the bulbs have just been chewed rather than eaten then foxes are a possibility (eaten bulbs will be gone of course.)


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 17:15

Squirrels are the usual culprit.

Magnolia shrub leaves curling and turning brown

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 12:36

Alice, magnolia are hardy trees and need to be outdoors, preferably planted in the ground.  The gnats you see are fungus gnats which only live in the compost of indoor plants.

Pot Roses

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 17:49

I've tried them outside Ellen but they all perished over the winter so I would leave them in a tub and bring them inside when you start getting frosts.

What plant is this? ID please

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 17:46

Might be a tree seedling like Field Maple.

Anyone ever made needle mould?

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 12:28

Sounds like you have a Corsican (aka Black) pine, SG.

Water from a dehumidifier

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 12:13

Yes, the water will contain no dissolved substances and be neutral in pH.  It is effectively the same as distilled water.

Green leaves on my acer

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 11:56

Hi KatyAnn, you're not doing anything wrong.   Depending on variety, new leaves are often green and turn red later.  Indeed, on some varieties they start off red and then turn greener later in the year.  There is probably more green chlorophyll being produced as a response to the potting-on as the tree tries to make as much food as possible as light levels reduce.  It will resume normal behaviour next year. 

Monty's Hedging

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 11:07

Nobody is knocking Monty as a person as far as I can see Jo?

Blood Fish and Bone``

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 11:02

Newboy2, parsnips prefer a deeper soil and will benefit from the new bed so I would grow those in it.

BFB is neutral valerie but while it will be of some benefit you need to use a proper ericaceous feed for acid-loving plants like blueberries.  Acid soil prevents the take-up of some nutrients and ericaceous feeds are formulated in a way that acid-loving plants can use them.

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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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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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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

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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Plant ID quizzes

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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