BobTheGardener


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Vine weevil grubs

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 22:58

Indeed it is, and called hemolymph:

http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=338

 

Old rosemary bush

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 19:43

They are relatively short lived Ann.  One thing they don't like is wet and it's been a very wet winter and spring so far so that has probably contributed.  Personally I'd use the dead leaves as long as there is no sign of fungus on them.

Talkback: Carrot fly

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 19:39

I like that idea Pentillie and will give it a try.  I've had resonable results growing alternate rows of carrots and onions in the past with the view that the smell of onions masks the carrots smell.  I will be harvesting the last of my leeks over the next few weeks and the carrot seeds are just germinating, so the timing is rather good.

I've been growing carrots in 60cm high raised beds for the past 2-3 years with no fly damage at all but they got vine weevil last year so I'm trying them back in the ground.

Razor Hoe

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:25

Those are used widely in Japan and the design is probably thousands of years old, so I wouldn't consider it gimmicky at all David.  Good price too. 

Best tools for cutting back large conifers

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:15

In that case I'm with Hostafan!

 

Plant ID please

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:11

You will never get it out of that shape of pot without breaking it, keenbutgreen.

I would recommend scraping off as much of the top of the compost as you can and then replacing with a 50/50 mix of John Innes #3 and ericacious.  Do that every 2-3 years and feed it with something recommended for acid-loving plants (I use Wilkos own brand which doesn't cost a lot and gives good results.)

Badgers or Crows - Terrible Damage

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 18:40

Hi Greg, the crows would have been after leatherjackets, the larvae of cranefly.  You can water in nematodes which will kill them and, with nothing to eat, the crows will leave it alone.  However, they are most effective in the Autumn.  A human presence will also help a lot - most crows are afraid of humans.

 

A tomato question

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 22:25

Leaves curling are a reaction to large temperature changes rather than frost damage as such - that will kill tomatoes and the leaves turn white.  The plants may slow down for a bit (known as being 'checked') but will recover.  Curling leaves can even happen in summer if it gets too hot during the day and cold at night.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 22:18

Lovely Flumpy!

Island bed with tulips now out:


Kerria japonica screening nextdoor's conservatory:


 

Camera Talk

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 22:06

Sunset in Leics last night - the whole sky was this colour:


 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

 
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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Hoglet!

Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

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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