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Scale on Blackcurrant/Redcurrant bush

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 20:24

You could try using an organic winter tree wash in late winter/early spring.  Many are garlic based.  Scale insects are difficult to treat right now and it's most effective to do what you are already doing (ie hand-scraping) but then target the young insects as they are hatching.  You can do that by spraying with various organic pest sprays but for a bad infestation an insecticide which is safe for use on edible crops would be the most effective, although you may get good results using a pyrethrum-based one (extracted from plants of the chrysanthemum family and sometimes called nature's own insecticide) if you consider that natural enough.

 

Potted delphiniums

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 20:00

That would be my guess too, fidget.

Liz, it would be wise to break the rootball apart and check that there aren't any vine weevil grubs in there though.  They may be in the centre and eating their way out!

Help Red Beetles

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:31

Great - you should be OK then.  If the lily stems look a bit of a mess, you can always hide them by placing a few pots of tall-growing annual plants under them.

Help Red Beetles

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:19

Unfortunately, they won't grow new leaves (lilies just don't do that) but the provado will stop the beetles and their larvae in their tracks, so they won't get any worse.  If you are lucky, they will still produce flowers if the very tops of the stems haven't been eaten, but if those are gone it is curtains I'm afraid!   If they are past saving, at least you know what to do next year to protect them.

Are these cabbage worm eggs

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:11

Batches of Cushion Scale eggs.

Help Red Beetles

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 19:02

I'm afraid that if you want to grow lilies in the UK now, you MUST deal with lily beetles by either checking every day and picking them off by hand and killing them, or spraying with a systemic pesticide like Provado.  There are no other effective measures, unfortunately.  It's too late to plant lily bulbs now and even if you did, the beetles would devastate them unless you take control.

Newbie unsure what plant this is

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:58

It's a hardy geranium - a real beauty by the looks of it!   Someone else will likely be able to tell you the cultivar.

Cane tops

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:52

I live next to a tennis club and don't throw the balls back any more since one broke a greenhouse pane - and as I found they make excellent cane toppers when punctured with my pruning knife!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:45

Just removed a large stand of Kerria Japonica so time to fire-up the shedder!  I've been wanting to get rid of that beast for years but kept putting it off which was a mistake - bloody stuff spreads by underground runners.  Glyphosate at the ready for the expected regrowth! 

Potato flowers

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 18:36

Yep, you won't get a huge crop by planting now SweetPea but you should at least have home-grown new potatoes with your Christmas dinner and very likely some well before then. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Watering dried-out pots

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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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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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Oops!

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Cost of bird food

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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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