BobTheGardener


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Shallot Infestation

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 18:50

If they are soft they could be some kind of centipede but most of those only eat dead vegetation.  It could be that something else is killing your plants/bulbs and they are just eating what remains.  Have a look at this site to see if you can see anything similar.  This is based in my home county so may not apply everywhere but I find it a valuable resource and they have excellent photos:


http://www.naturespot.org.uk/taxonomy/term/19543


Good luck in resolving!

Caterpillars

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 08:56

There are now nematodes which kill caterpillars and are  safe to use on food crops. If you have those new invading moths there may be too many for manual removal!

The birds are eating all my bird food!

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 22:06

Yep, two mixed seed feeders need filling every day at the moment.  The two filled with sunflower hearts last for 2-3 days.  There are lots of young birds around at the moment as they have not long fledged and there is a shortage of natural food sources for seed feeders right now.  Consumption will drop off in time (sometimes rapidly if a sparrowhawk discovers your lttle bit of bird heaven!)

Shallot Infestation

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 21:55

If they have hard shells they probably are one of the wireworms.  They are hard to identify and there are several species of click beetle whose larvae are known by this name.  Yours aren't the common ones which affect potatoes which is why the pictures you've found don't match.


I think the best way to proceed is cultural and to make sure you remove all plant debris from the area at the end of the season then keep turning the soil over to expose the pupae (which overwinter in the soil) to frost and birds.


This is a US website but has some good tips which may help:


http://www.planetnatural.com/pest-problem-solver/garden-pests/wireworm-control/

Plante I.D. Please

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 15:24

Yep, wait for the leaves to go yellow on bulbs before moving them.

office plant id?

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 15:03

It's a Schefflera (commonly called an umbrella plant.)

Plante I.D. Please

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 14:59

Looks like an allium of some kind.

Strawberries

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 13:52

Before they bred all of these plastic ones, Cambridge Favourite was probably the best commercial variety and is still one of the tastiest.

Greenhouse

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 11:28

I made a 10x6 out of a 6x6 and a 4x6 so it is certainly possible.  Both were alu of uncertain origin but it did require some diy skills.

Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 19:05

Doesn't look like blight to me but could be one of the other fungal leaf spots or thrip damage.  Have a look under the leaves to see if you can see any:


http://www.bcpcertis.co.uk/our-solutions/biological-control/thrips-control.html


If no creatures, make sure you only water the roots, never get water on the leaves and try and improve air circulation if you can.  One way of doing that is moving the plants further apart so the leaves from adjacent plants never touch.

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