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Raised flower bed

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 14:30

As they are so tall, you could put a layer of broken-up polystyrene at the bottom so that less volume of soil etc would be needed and it will guarantee good drainage;  Very few plants will send roots down that far.  I'd agree with Verdun and use a mix of topsoil, garden compost and bagged well-rotted manure.  Bear in mind that topsoil is very heavy (approx. 1kg per litre when wet) so if you use only that, the raised beds will have to have been made very strong.

Wasps

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 14:18

They also seem to feed from the honeydew exuded by scale insects, worth checking for those too.  You'll have to pluck up the courage to get close to discover whatever it is they are doing though..

Did you see all those wasps on Monty's grapes?  They were like that on those plums I purposefully left on the tree for wildlife.

rotten horse manure advice

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 19:49

To use on other things, water it down until the liquid is the colour of weak tea otherwise it will be too strong.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 14:38

Planted out 120 leeks (a bit late but they will still produce good leeks) and about 50 polyanthus started from seed in the spring.  Harvested today's dinner (carrots, runner beans, potatoes & kohl rabbi with apples & raspberries for a crumble afterwards.)  Yum!

Also lifted the onions so they can dry - good year - between tennis and cricket ball sized.

Viburnum beetle

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 14:29

Jane, Viburnum beetles only attack virburnum so as you are not planting any new ones there is no need to do anything.

what is this fly

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 19:39

It's a wasp judging by the shape, probably one of the Chalcid wasps.

 

Clematis

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 18:31

Yes Arthur, main prune in Feb.  To help get the late summer flowers on that type you need to dead-head it as soon as the spring flowers have finished or it it puts energy into making seeds.

symbols for emotions

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:34

If you are on a PC/laptop you can right-click the animated images and choose "save image as" and save them somewhere (eg in your Pictures folder.)

If your email program allows you to insert images then you can send them to your cousin! 

Clematis

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:29

You can cut off the dead flowers now if you want to tidy it up a bit.  While the seed heads can be decorative, removing them now allows more goodness to go into the roots ready for next year's flowers.

Name of these plants?

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 15:34

Welcome Ed!  Cotoneasters come in small and large leaved varieties.  I suspect yours (in the first link) may be this one:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/4582/i-Cotoneaster-bullatus-i/Details

Some of the hypericums have very small flowers so you may have missed them.

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Vine weevils

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Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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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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