BobTheGardener


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Ground cover planting

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 17:47

I would also suggest Vinca minor which is evergreen and will thrive in such an area where few other plants will do well.

Pumpkin Plant Woes

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 17:43

It sounds like you are doing all of the right things and encouraging bees to nest nearby is an excellent plan.  You can hand-pollinate them outdoors too by taking a male flower, removing most of the flower just leaving the central part and gently pushing it into the centre of a female flower.  The females (which form the fruit) have a mini pumpkin behind the flower but the male flowers don't.  If you had no female flowers form then it might be that the plants didn't get enough warmth, sunlight or perhaps the soil wasn't rich enough (they are heavy feeders - I mix in anout 25 litres of well-rotted manure into the soil where I plant each one.

Pumpkin Plant Woes

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 16:11

Seems that way!


It's essential that the flowers are pollinated and if you had a cold spell which meant few bees were flying (which is what happened here), while the flowers were open then no fruit will form.  If you grow them under cover then you need to hand-pollinate them.

Last edited: 24 September 2016 16:15:56

Pumpkin Plant Woes

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 15:45

This has been a terrible year for squash and pumpkins in many parts of the UK.  Just the wrong sort of weather at the wrong times.

eggs

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 14:04

Dove

eggs

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 13:40

I can see the photo Dove - look like slug or snail eggs.

Laurel attack ?

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 13:38

Bacterial or fungal shothole.  See the RHS advice, here:


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=568

Last edited: 24 September 2016 13:39:28

Weed?

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 13:00

Tree seedling, goat willow I think.

Tree is turning brown

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 12:54

That is dieback and, unfortunately, there is nothing you can do - the brown areas will not recover.  I would get them removed and plant new trees.

Spots on my olive tree

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 12:50

Looks like an extremely severe infestation of scale insect.  I would normally recommend rubbing them off or dabbing with methylated sprit but it looks too severe for that.  Spray it with Provado systemic insecticide which will be absorbed by the tree and will kill the insects.  A second treatment may be needed in a few weeks.

Last edited: 24 September 2016 12:51:14

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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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I thought these were philadelphus 
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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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Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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