BobTheGardener


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can anyone id this, please?

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 12:13

It's the weed Chenopodium album commonly called goosefoot or fat-hen.  It is edible but don't let it seed or you will have it in your garden forever!

Ants are farming aphids on my apple tree!

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 10:45

The vaseline band need to be about 3 inches wide and about 1/4" thick, or you can buy grease bands instead Wonky.  You also need to make sure there is no other route to the tree such as a tall growing plant near it, otherwise they *will* find the alternative route!  One year I put the grease band below where the trunk was tied to the stake - duh!

Last edited: 28 May 2016 10:45:59

Newly planted tree dying, help!

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 10:31

Janey, I grow young Scots Pines from seed which are closely related and they do lose needles near the trunk at this time of the year so I think it is perfectly normal.  However, the advice given above is sound and worth following. 

ID please

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 10:25

There are only 3 different shrubs there Muddle-up, with 2 photos of each.


1) is variagated Weigelia
2) is Viburnum
3) don't recognize

Last edited: 28 May 2016 10:25:50

New Strawberries

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 18:50

They'll love that as a growing medium yarrow2 and are looking very healthy.  They now need as much sun as possible and regular watering.

Growing Onions

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 17:02

Easy - just give them a gentle tug!  Usually, by the time a green shoot is a few inches long growing from the top of a set, the roots will be filling the module and it's time to plant. 

Aquilegia

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 16:57

If it appeared by itself, it won't be a specific cultivar as aquilegias are extremely promiscuous and cross-pollinate all the time (in fact, it's difficult to stop them!) 


It is a very pretty one though!

Natural spider mite control

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 13:04

Try SB plant invigorator for control which traps them in place and also acts as a foliar feed.  I have previously used this to contain a heavy infestation in my conservatory and then introduced predatory mites which did work although they are very expensive as you say.  In the greenhouse, your best bet is to regularly spray the cucs with a fine mist of water.  Do that twice a day (once in the morning and again in the evening but never in full sun) and the mites shouldn't be a problem as they hate humid conditions.  A tray of gravel kept topped up with water will also increase humidity and you could use something like that beneath the citrus pot, as long as the water level doesn't reach the bottom of the pot (or the roots will rot.)

Last edited: 27 May 2016 13:05:20

Growing Onions

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 12:53

I always use sets and start them off in individual modules in a tray.  Once they have grown roots I plant them outside.  This prevent brids pulling the sets up looking for worms etc underneath (blackbirds are a b*gger for doing that!)

Mouldy sedum

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 12:50

Most fungicides containing copper have been banned but have a look at the fungicides you can find in the garden centre which mention mildew, especially if they specifically say powdery mildew.

Last edited: 27 May 2016 12:51:13

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..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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