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Harvest Mites

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 13:52

The vast majority of beetles are ether harmless or beneficial, so as it's not lily beetle, I'd leave them be.

Black ants all over my acer.

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 13:11

It looks ok in that one for now, but it looks like the top might be narrower than the middle?  If so, you'll have a hell of a job removing it in a couple of years when it's root-bound and might have to smash the pot to get it out so I'd be tempted to do it now.  Be careful of not breaking that damaged branch if you do though - perhaps best to leave it for another year to let it fully heal?

Black ants all over my acer.

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 13:05

It looks as though it is healing ok - I'd be tempted to remove the tape but you can always put some new stuff on if it still looks weak.  I'd probably put in a bit of cane in the pot on that side too and tie the damaged branch to it with a soft tie to prevent the wind breaking it.  Good luck with it - Jap. acers can be a bit finicky when it comes to that sort of thing but it looks young and very healthy which gives it the best chance possible of a full recovery.

Reclaimed soil - Potatoes the Answer ??

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:59

Dig-in some well-rotted farmyard manure when you plant the spuds and it will almost certainly be fine.

Potato Vine

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:57

I grew mine in a large pot for a couple of years - seemed to like it (extremely floriferous) and easy to control.  It went in the ground last spring and failed to flower but looks covered in buds right now.

Louvres in Greenhouses

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:54

I'll second Pansyface's advice.

spring bulbs

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:52

As nut says, give them a bit of a feed if you like but otherwise do nothing.  The leaves are now feeding the bulb and next year's flower is forming inside.  If you do anything unnatural to the leaves at this point, then you'll get no flowers next year.  If you want to split any of the clumps of bulbs up, mark their position now with a label then split and replant them after the leaves have died.

Reducing a tree stump below ground

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:48

I'll be feeling like that tomorrow morning Steve - 30 bags of manure and compost to move today..  Bits of me still ache from the long Easter weekend!

Black ants all over my acer.

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 11:40

That's just their normal growth habit - the leaves will be normal when they are fully developed.

PS, I would remove the blue label around the trunk - they can restrict growth and hide pests or become a starting point for a fungal infection.  Or is that tape holding it together where it has been split/broken at some point?

Plant id please

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:54

Haha - how could I have forgotten that 'enchanting' weed! 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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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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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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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