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More worms

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 08:11

Hi FG, There's plenty I don't know (I'm not the worlds best plantsman for instance - others here have much wider knowledge!)  However, I've always researched quite deeply into anything I find interesting, especially anything science/nature related - I'll have to admit being quite a bore about that sort of thing.  I dislike political and religious subjects immensely though and go out of my way to try and avoid knowing anything about those at all - if I woke up one day and all politicians had been "recycled", I doubt I'd even notice except for wondering why the news was suddenly a lot shorter!

Talkback: Chickweed

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 21:27

Paul, ants don't eat plants but do feed off a sticky liquid that aphids exude when feeding off of the sap.  Get rid of the aphids and the ants will have no reason to climb your plant.


Posted: 16/07/2013 at 21:22

The seed pods at the bottom will start opening by themselves and you can collect at that point.  The seeds are coloured brown by the time that happens.  I find that the bottom pods are usually opening by the time the last flowers at the top drop off.

Caterpillar attack

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 21:14

Looks like a caterpillar of the Small White (those of the the Large White has much more distinctive markings.)  The Small White lays single eggs so could have dotted them all over the place and so they are difficult to spot.  A favourite place is on the 2 small 'lobes' at the base of each cabbage leaf.  Other than picking them off, I'm not sure what can be done at this stage, but you do have my sympathies as I had a similar problem a few year ago when I netted my outdoor brassicas but slightly too late - all the net then did was make picking them all off extremely difficult!


Caterpillar attack

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 19:41

Any chance of a photo?  While many of them do look the same, it might help to identify what they are.

seepage hose pipes

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 12:19

It could be that the seepage hose is designed to work at mains water pressure so the pressure is too low when connected to your water butts.  As the butts get emptier, the pressure will fall too.  Is the hose buried or on the surface?

problem raspberries

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 23:35

That is a Harlequin ladybird larva.  Not the best type to have as they eat other ladybirds when they run out of aphids, but at least they do eat aphids!

PS, the top image is one that is in metamorphosis (ie a pupa) and an adult Harlequin will soon pop-out.

problem raspberries

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 21:23

If you are on a PC, click the little green tree when replying and browse to wherever you have saved the photos on your computer, then click Upload image.  If using an Apple device you need to upload first to a photo site like Picasa and then use the link to the image.


Posted: 15/07/2013 at 21:20

I have clay soil and get this problem.  I fill the cracks with compost to help stop water from running straight down when I need to get the hose out.

More worms

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 21:08

Evolution, waterbutts.  A sphere has the smallest possible surface area for any given volume of earthworm, so they have evolved to 'knot' themselves into as close to this shape as possible to avoid water loss.  They probably plug the entry hole and cover the inner surface with slime to seal it.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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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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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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