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cabbage-plants-

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 23:54

Hi lucky3, the trick to preventing caterpillars is to net the plants to stop butterflies laying their eggs in the first place.  You can't buy a spray that will stop them laying eggs, but you can buy sprays that will kill the caterpillars without (allegedly) harming anyone who eats the sprayed plants, provided the instructions on the label are followed properly.  Google "bug clear for fruit & veg".

harvesting-butternut-squash

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 22:42

Hi Madeleine, they are ready whenever they are big enough to use but will become tastier and sweeter as they mature.  There is a colour change but that will happen whether they are on or off the vine.  Personally, I leave them on the vine until either all the leaves have yellowed (so growth is therefore finished) or the first frost is forecast.  They cannot take any degree of frost and won't store if they get even a mild ground frost, so don't let that happen.  Basically I treat them as a true winter vegetable and store them indoors on windowsills until they are needed - they look very attractive and I've had them last until Spring (they might last even longer, but I couldn't!)

stags-horn-sumach

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 18:05

The problem with hard pruning this one is that it will send up *lots* of suckers.  Personally, I would try removing it and plant something else.  Try and get all of the roots out if you decide to do that or you will be plagued with suckers.

please-can-anyone-id-this-plant

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 17:27

The acid/alkaline things you've probably read are for the type which can have blue or pink flowers, depending on soil acidity.  I think you should just use a well-balanced mix for yours, so stuff from your compost bin is probably ideal.

new-here

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 16:17

Hi Michelle,  Welcome and I'm sure you'll get all the help you need here (except maybe getting someone to do the digging for you!)

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 16:15

Thought I'd bump this tread with a new piccy - an unusual trio just taken:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29174.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 All basking on a Kiwi leaf.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 16:06

Dahlias, penstemons and echinacea are showing themselves off rght now.  Many clematis in their second flush and antirrhinums still going strong:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29169.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 Above are 'giant hybrids' sown this spring - now 3-6 feet tall!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29170.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29171.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 Just planted out 40 leeks but kept having breaks to sit down and admire nature in all her glory!  

 

unsure-what-plant-this-is

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 15:32

Looks like a Wisteria.  Now is the time to do some pruning, cutting back the long rapidly growing thin shoots to about 6 or 7 leaves, unless you want to extend it in which case tie them in to the area to want the wisteria to spread to.  You should cut these same shoots back further (to 2 or 3 buds) in February.  That will keep it under control and enhance flowering.

charlotte-potatoes

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 14:07

Remember to check the sack regularly too - if any go bad, the rot will quickly spread to any others which are touching it.

advice-please-re-my-tomato-plants

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 14:01

As a conservatory generally keeps warmer than an unheated greenhouse, I think you'll probably get a few fruits if they set now but it will be close!  If any trusses set, I would nip off all other flowers and growing points on those particular plants so they can concentrate all of their energy into ripening a few fruits.

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