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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.


Posted: 19/04/2015 at 12:57

Lyn, for most Daphnes a sheltered position in humus-rich, slightly alkaline soil is best, which sounds like exactly the opposite to your site, so I would go or something else to avoid disappointment!


Posted: 18/04/2015 at 13:53

I had aphids on the growing tips of my several of my young Scot's Pines and the only thing that worked was Provado (I tried several 'organic' remedies, including everything mentioned here.)  I don't normally use insecticides but as there is zero danger to bees and other pollinators from careful use of a systemic insecticide on conifers (because all conifers are pollinated by wind), I relented in this case and cleared the problem in one application.

New here. 😊

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 13:44

Hi Wonky from Dove from Above! Welcome to Terry, too.

Novice veg grower

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 12:26

Hi Meomye, that is a lot of questions, so apologies if I miss anything!

Tomatoes:  They will be fine in the 3" pots for now but when they are about 8-10 inches tall, plant them in their large pots, which should be about 10-12 inches diameter.  Plant them deeper than they are in the little pots - bury the stem up to the first pair of leaves.  Both of those varieties are 'indeterminate' aka 'cordons' and, contrary to the advice you were given, you do need to remove sideshoots which appear at the junction between the main stem and leaves.  See here:

Do not start feeding until you see tiny baby tomatoes forming on the first flowering truss, then feed with tomorite or similar, diluted as directed on the pack but no more than once a fortnight, and don't water them until the top 1 inch of compost is completely dry or they show signs of wilting.  Over-watering and over-feeding are the two biggest mistakes that those new to growing tomatoes make - controlled neglect will reward you with tastier fruit and healthier plants!  Only ever water the compost, never get water on the leaves. You can grow them in the unheated greenhouse but I'd wait for a few weeks before putting them in there just in case it gets too cold at night - if you have a maximum-minimum thermometer, keep an eye on it and you are good to go when it doesn't get lower than about 6-7 degrees for a week.

Your peppers will probably be best in the conservatory as they are heat lovers and 8-10 inch pots are fine for them.  No pinching out of sideshoots and feed with half-strength tomato feed once a fortnight once you see the first flowers.  If the greenhouse is sunnier than the conservatory, move them into there once night-time temperatures aren't dropping below 10C. 


Block paving - How do I weed it?

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 11:27

They are called 'flame guns' and you can hire ones with 3 or 4 heads, which will clear an area about 2-3 feet wide in each sweep.  They are cheap to hire.

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