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Posted: 18/07/2017 at 17:23

I think the darker ones are older vine weevil grubs which are beginning to pupate.  Spread them out on a sheet of tarpaulin etc and let the birds have a feast!

Alternatively, they may already be infected with nematodes which truns them brown:

Last edited: 18 July 2017 17:26:12

Tetra pond water balance

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 16:38

GD, I think it will make things worse, not better.  The blurb says "The treatment increases the kH levels and prevents the water from becoming too soft. This results in a more stable pH value and prevents any loss of fish."  I didn't know what kH levels were so googled it: "If you are aiming to lower your pH, you need to lower this value in order to do it."

This person seems to know their stuff:

Topsoil on top of patio then gravel?

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 15:47

You need to raise the hopper by inserting a length of drainage pipe (called a riser) to connect it to the gulley.  How that is done depends on the type of drainage pipe and hopper (the bit with the grid) you have.  A photo may help but a plumber/builder is your best bet if you want to avoid problems.

A stranger in our midst

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 14:17

PS, this one feeds on mildew so a handy thing to have around!

Pumpkin advice?

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 14:13

The skin will change colour and become quite hard when they are ready.

Unknown red bug/shell

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 14:10

I think they're ladybird pupae from which adult ladybirds will emerge.

Are my chilli plants ready to pot up?

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 14:08

Yes, they are ready to be potted on.  I would put them into 20cm pots now.  Chillies don't need a rich compost so you'll be fine using what you have.

Is my dogwood shrub dying/dead?

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 17:14

The things on the trunk are scale insects and while not usually fatal do weaken a tree.  However, I think the tree is either dead or dying and the best bet would be to remove and replace it.  They live from 20 to 80 years, so it may be near the end of its life.  You could leave it and cut it to the ground in winter.  If the roots are alive it will send up new shoots as do all good dogwoods.  That pale shoot near the base could be one, so you could cut it down now and leave that to see if it grows.

A stranger in our midst

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 16:54

Yes it is Halyzia sedecimguttata, the Orange ladybird.

There are lots of types - have a look here:

Potato Seeds?

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 16:50

You could sow the seeds but you would probably only get one small potato.  If you kept that, you could plant it the next year and get a few more, keep those and plant them the year after and you would get a crop but it may be nothing like the original potato which produced the seed.  This is how new varieties are bred.

However, for anyone other than a breeder this is just a waste of time and it's best to remove the fruit (which are poisonous) as soon as you see them so the plant can put its energy into producing tubers instead of seed.

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Some kind of mint?

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Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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New greenhouse

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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Some things to do now 
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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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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

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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