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some thing eating my plants

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 13:20

The strawberries look like they are being munched by slugs.  Straw won't protect them against slugs, it is used to prevent the fruit from touching the ground which causes the berries to rot.  Sprinkle a few slug pellets under the straw so the birds can't get to them or, if you don't want to use pellets, water Nemaslug into the area:

https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl#q=nemaslug

 

'Outgrowing' Spanish bluebells

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 10:07

Doesn't take 5 minutes to spray them with glyphosate.

Plant ID please

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 09:55

Red veined sorrel (aka Bloody sorrel)?

Edit: Oops - I think nut has it right - red veined dock!

Also known as Bloody dock (but I call all dock plants that!)

Edit 2: Same thing and apparently you can eat it but not sure I would:

http://www.gardenbetty.com/2014/11/bloody-dock-not-as-macabre-as-it-sounds/

 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 23:08

I do grow honeyberry aym and can confirm they are happy in ordinary soil.  You need 2 plants to pollinate and my crops are quite small so far after 3 years.  They are early to flower (mine in flower now) so hoping there are enough bees about to do the business!

I need to write 'sow lettuce' on my arm I reckon as I keep forgetting and have none sown so far!

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 22:23

Jostaberries taste much like blackcurrants aym.  They're a bit bigger though as is the bush so if only room for one I would recommend a blackcurrant.

Talkback: 10 acers to grow

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 21:15

Good idea fidget - the techie elves could perhaps hyperlink the title text of any Talkback threads back to the original article?

Poppy seeds

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 21:11

I agree with nut - they hate being transplanted.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 21:09

Planted out two dozen broad beans, potted on ten delphiniums, knocked a tray of leeks over (which fell upside down of course) so had to rescue those into two trays of 24 modules (will be interesting to see if 'pricking out' leeks so young has any effect)  then, just as I was about the have a rest, a knock on the door and 45 strawberry runners were delivered, so had to pot those up and put them into the greenhouse for protection from squirrels.  That's my 3rd lot of strawberries this season - blummin' squirrels ate the 'heart' out of the last two batches, just leaving roots attached to nothing.

Oh, and planted a bare-root 'chuckleberry',to add to my collection of unusual soft fruit bushes.  It's a cross between gooseberry, redcurrant and jostaberry apparently.

Greenhouse base on soil - easy option

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 17:00

You can place them on compacted soil but it must have a metal base (often called a plinth) fitted, or it will warp as the ground moves and the glass will crack.  See here:

http://www.primrose.co.uk/greenhouse-base-help.php

 

 

Aronia bush

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 16:55

They are very tolerant of soild pH but prefer it very slightly acid.  I would use 90% John Innes #3 with 10% ericaceous.  I have two growing in my borders in improved clay and they are doing well.  The berries will make your eyes water though!  'Superfruit' they may be but best mixed with other fruits and used in preserves or cooking in my opinion.  The autumn leaf colour is spectacular if rather short lived.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

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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Drought

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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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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