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cucumber question

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 00:26

One good tip for growing cucumbers is to plant them on a slight mound as they are prone to stem-rot at the point the stem emerges from the soil.  Raising this area slightly ensures that any excess water runs away from vulnerable area of the stem.  The other thing to watch out for when growing under glass or plastic is spider mite.  If the leaves start to look a bit sickly with the 'greeness' fading, use a hand magnifying glass to look on the underside of the leaves for the mites which are too small to see by unaided eye.  Spraying every day with a fine mist of water will help to keep them at bay.  A sure sign is fine cobwebs appearing on the growing tips but by the time those appear you usually have a serious infestation.

Apricot stone germinated!!

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 23:00

I'd grow it in a pot to see how it goes.  That way you can move it to protect from the worst of the cold weather next winter and will get an idea about it's growth rate.  Blue Onion's idea of using it as a conservatory/house plant is a good one.

Raised beds

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 22:56

How thick is the timber Flower Girl?  Ideally, you want 25mm (an inch) or more for it to last a reasonable amount of time.  If it's thinner, you could always double-up the planks.

Melons and cucumbers

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 18:51

See the the 'How To' section on this very site Kay:


Are there any conifer experts who can help?

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 18:42

I'm not an expert but it does look like a bit like Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria.)

Blueberry Bush Pests

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 20:06

It sounds like scale insects.  As this on an edible fruit bush, you need to be careful about what you spray it with.  The RHS advice is here:

"Sprays based on natural substances include fatty acids (e.g. Bayer Organic Pest Control or Doff Greenfly and Blackfly Killer ) or plant oils and extracts (e.g. Growing Success Fruit & Veg Bug Killer, Bug Clear for Fruit & Veg and Vitax Organic 2 in 1 Pest & Disease Control). These pesticides have very little persistence and so may need several applications during the scale's egg-hatching period, but they can be used on fruit trees and bushes"

What have I got

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 19:29

Not sure about chokeberry (Ariona) as the flowers and fruit are more bunched - here's a pic of one of mine:

 It might be one though or something closely related as the leaves do turn to fantastic orange & red shades in the Autumn.

Growing lillies.

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 00:26

Only the adult beetles overwinter and not eggs or larvae so there is little to be gained by changing the compost other than giving the lily bulbs extra food.  If there are any in your old compost they will just crawl or fly out when you put it in your dalek.  I've found adult beetles this winter in parts of my garden which are far away from any lillies! 

Constant vigilence is our only real defence Zoomer.

Small cucumbers. And pumpkins.

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 20:06

An excellent small pumpkin is 'Summer ball' which only grow to 5 or 6 inches diameter but are prolific and the plants are compact, so much so that they grow fine in large (16 inch) pots, if you keep up with the watering.

Plant ID please

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 13:20

MrsGarden, you are really meant to put the label next to the plant rather than keep them stored separately.

I agree with nut that this is almost certainly a tree which would have grown from a seed blown in by the wind or deposited courtesy of a bird dropping.

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Hope it finds it's way home 
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They're about now! 
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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

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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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