BobTheGardener


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organic raised bed preparation advice sought

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 10:29

The loam brings all of the essential micronutrients and the particles (essentially worn down rock) it contains provide surfaces on which all of the 'magic' chemical soil reactions occur.  Your clay subsoil has all of those in abundance so you could just do an initial dig to mix plenty of that into it.  Alternatively just buy some bagged topsoil and mix it in.  A clay based soil improved with lots of organic matter is probably the most productive soil there is.  Once you have it all well mixed you can use the no-dig approach and just put on a layer of well rotted manure each autumn and leave it to nature.

Plant ID please!

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 09:47

As nut says, if it is a sapling it looks like it has been cut back and developed several stems (coppiced.)  Does that area get mowed or strimmed back each year?

Crater created by rain pouring off branch

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 21:50

Place a pot filled with gravel or pea shingle directly where the water falls?

Wisteria hasvdied

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 21:47

That's exactly how they die when killed by Honey fungus.  A prodigious amount of blooms followed by rapid death.  Not saying that's what it is in all cases but is precisely what happened to one here and was definitely HF in my case.

Caterpillars

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 19:50

It's called Nemasys Caterpillar Killer - try Harrodhorticultural.com or Greengardener.co.uk.  Amazon, too.

Plant ID please!

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 19:04

I think it might be one of the red leaved hazels, perhaps planted by a squirrel or a young copper beech.

Distorted clematis bud

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 18:56

The squiggly thing is caused by a leaf miner which lives inside the leaf and eats the inside.  They cause very little damage but you can just pick off affected leaves.  The bud damage may have been caused by aphids when they were smaller or some other sap-sucking insect.  Earwigs are another possibility.  Try going out at night with a torch - most of the critters prefer feeding at night.

Shallot Infestation

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 18:50

If they are soft they could be some kind of centipede but most of those only eat dead vegetation.  It could be that something else is killing your plants/bulbs and they are just eating what remains.  Have a look at this site to see if you can see anything similar.  This is based in my home county so may not apply everywhere but I find it a valuable resource and they have excellent photos:


http://www.naturespot.org.uk/taxonomy/term/19543


Good luck in resolving!

Caterpillars

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 08:56

There are now nematodes which kill caterpillars and are  safe to use on food crops. If you have those new invading moths there may be too many for manual removal!

The birds are eating all my bird food!

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 22:06

Yep, two mixed seed feeders need filling every day at the moment.  The two filled with sunflower hearts last for 2-3 days.  There are lots of young birds around at the moment as they have not long fledged and there is a shortage of natural food sources for seed feeders right now.  Consumption will drop off in time (sometimes rapidly if a sparrowhawk discovers your lttle bit of bird heaven!)

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

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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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

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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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

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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