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Talkback: Deterring pigeons

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 21:08

Decoy birds of prey can be placed on high points and are not expensive - Google pigeon scarer.  However, this is what I did which prevents caterpillar damage, too:

 4mm hole size netting provides the best protection.

Aubergine leaves dry and crumbling

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 20:57

Could the holes in the bottom of the bucket have become blocked?  That would cause waterlogging and the plant would quickly die as the roots would literally drown.


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 15:05

Hi all. FG, my experience with the lighter green heucheras is that they need plenty of shade in damp conditions and don't do well in full sun - might influence your planting position.  Still too hot to do the much work on the front garden makeover (it's a South facing sun trap) but a few clouds and a bit of breeze now, so time to finish the coffee and get stuck back in!

Angelica gigas

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 14:58

I wondered what had happened to you too - noticed you were missing from the plant ID threads!  I'm also due to change ISP so thanks for the heads-up. Sorry, can't answer your Q though - did a google and didn't realise how many forms there were - the scandinavian ones that survive -40C were a surprise - always thought of it as a 'mediterranean' plant.

Unknown bobbly plant

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 13:10

I think they are quite attractive and let them grow in certain wilder areas of my garden but they do spread like mad, particularly if you let the berries go soft and fall off or if the berries get into the compost heap - then hundreds will come up!

Olive Trees

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 11:24

It sounds very much like Woolly aphid, Catherine.  These are aphids which exude a white waxy substance to protect themselves.  You can gently scrub them off using some soapy water and a small brush or rag.  Some folk also use a cotton bud dipped in methylated spirit to kill and remove them.  Woolly aphid itself doesn't cause much harm, but left untreated other diseases can develop around the damaged areas.

Grape vine

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 11:14

Is it planted in the ground or in a pot, Marjorie?

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:52

Bit too hot here to take the pick-axe to the crazy paving, so did some weeding and general inspection work (ie pottering!)  Later on I started watering and had a problem with my waterworks (something I expect i'll have to get used to now I'm past my prime! )  Had to replace a section of pipe connecting to the garden tap - just got it done in time to water the GH before it went dark - the toms really needed it!


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:36

By the time they stop flowering the lowermost seed pods are usually ripe and starting to split open (each pod contains hundreds of seeds), so I don't think you need to worry that they won't ripen.


Drainage problem

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:30

The French drain sounds like a plan to me.  Good idea to use the landscape fabric to stop it silting up.  If you can unblock and re-use the existing pipes at the bottom, all the better.

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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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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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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Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

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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