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Dreaded thrips

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 18:47

Jess, Edd, I use SB invigorator on spider mite - it works by effectively glueing them in place and also acts a foliar feed.  It's recommended to use that first to help quell a heavy infestation before using predator mites.  The problem with SB is that it does wash off, so it's most effective under glass.

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 18:31

Excellent photo Oneofseven!

Tomatoes and cucumbers

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 18:57

Most folk don't have a greenhouse placed in perfect full-sun conditions so if yours has a more shaded side, best grow your cucumbers there and your tomatoes in the sunniest area.  As Edd says, they each like different conditions and are prone to different bugs/diseases.  If you are unlucky enough to get spider mite on the cucs, the standard method of control is spraying them with water.  Unfortunately that leads to high humidity and the tomatoes might then suffer from fungal problems.  So, it's really a case of crossing your fingers and hoping you don't get any of the common problems!

ID please

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:14

Same here Dove - and it really stains doesn't it!  Same as spilt (or exploded!) elderberry wine - years ago I put a demijohn in the airing cupboard to get it going, and get going it did, all over the shop!  All of the clothes in there were ruined. 

ID please

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 14:49

Purple stained bird droppings on fences etc are a dead giveaway in Autumn!

Garden patches - advice

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 14:44

Best to wait and see as it does take grass a long time to recover after the grubs are dead and it can't grow much at this time of the year, but you may find that you need to apply another dose of those cranefly nematodes (which I also think are the culprit.)  No point doing that until the soil warms up though.

Espalier apple trees

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 16:01

Also check-out Orange Pippin Fruit Trees - great site with lots of info:

http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/

 

Potatoes

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 15:55

Hi Daffodilgirl, you can 'earth-up' potatoes to protect newly emerged leaves from the frost:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/fruit-and-vegetables/how-to-earth-up-potatoes/258.html

Best to do that anyway as it also helps incease the crop and stops tubers near the surface being turned green by the sun.  If you can't earth them up any further and there are still frosts about, then cover the rows with newspaper or fleece.

The Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 23:51

Same here BL, thought he was quite good on it, but was half expecting to see a stainless steel frog slide etc appear at some point!   Who did irritate me was the chap who did the lily bit though.  Kept going on and on about how easy they are while at the same time saying that he wasn't really a gardener.  That much was obvious when he put some half-mashed garlic straight in a hand sprayer with about a cup of water (despite saying a litre) and spraying it as a jet rather than a spray.  In reality an unstrained mix like that would block it solid in a few seconds and take half an hour to clean out!  Not convinced on the effectiveness against lily beetle either.  Constant vigilance and hand-picking is the only 'organic' solution in my experience, and that isn't exactly 'plant, forget and enjoy for years'!

Early Tomato Blight

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 19:17

Ian, try and improve ventilation if you can (not easy with a polytunnel, I know) as all fungal diseases, including blight, are much more of a problem in humid conditions.  Try and keep water from dripping from the roof onto the leaves and avoid spraying tomatoes with water at all costs.  Last year I had late blight in my polytunnel but not a sign in my normal greenhouse and plants were packed much closer together in there.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

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How id your garden looking 
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