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White latex type threads

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 17:36

It's mycelium, the main part of most fungi.  Completely harmless and usually beneficial as fungi break down woody matter into a form plants can use.  As it's under wood chips, there's a good chance it is the mycelium of an ink cap fungus which are common on areas covered by bark chippings.

plant identification

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 17:32

Sounds like an avacado.  They can be grown as houseplants:



knee pads

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 14:16

I wear builders trousers with the removable knee pads and find them very good.  Lots of useful pockets too!

Cyclamen seedings

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 13:27

Are these indoor cyclamen (Cylamen persicum) Louis?  If so, you need to keep them somewhere cool, frost-free and light for their first year and the leaves will not die off.  Those I sowed last spring have continued growing in my unheated conservatory over  winter and the corms are now about 1cm diameter.  I will transfer them from the seed tray to individual 9cm pots in the spring and some of them will produce a flower or two later in the year but it will be next year before they bloom well.

Talkback: Top tomato varieties to grow

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 11:06

T&M used to stock Tommy Toe - it's an Australian bred version of Gardener's delight I believe.

For flavoursome red cherry toms, try Chadwick Cherry (heirloom) from Real Seeds (note: they grow into BIG plants and are not for baskets!) and the best modern variety I have tried for many years is Suncherry Premium F1.

Any of the 'sun' series (eg Sungold) will give you good crops of highly flavoured toms with the plants having good disease resistance.

Rot proof raised beds

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 10:47

If you can afford them, a permanent (well, 50 year life) answer is to use planks made from recycled plastic.  Google 'recycled plastic planks' and you will find lots of suppliers. plastic planks

Hyperlinks still broken I see!




Posted: 27/02/2016 at 10:34

I can't identify it other than it clearly being a sap-sucker and almost certainly an aphid of some type.  As there are relatively few leaves I agree with Hostafan and would systematically inspect every leaf and squash/rub off whatever you find with your fingers.  Applying any kind of insecticidal spray (chemical or organic) is always slightly detrimental to plants and with so few leaves I wouldn't risk spraying with anything right now.

Lawn gone bad.

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 10:25

Probably cranefly larvae (leatherjacket) damage.  Nothing you can do right now to kill them, but if you water in nematodes in the autumn you will prevent the problem next year.

If you re-seed the damaged areas, it will soon green-up again but you need to 'keep off the grass' until the new grass is established.

Weed ID link

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 22:03

Very good B3 and should help anyone to identify many common weeds.

I have had (or still have) all of those!

Here's the link made clickable:




Posted: 25/02/2016 at 20:27

None of them require manure.  However, many will not crop very well unless extra fertiliser of some kind is added, manure being one of the most organic.

Do you have a reason for not using manure, or do you just have ground to which you cannot add fertiliser for some reason?

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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Don't think netting will work 
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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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