BobTheGardener


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Few problems, help?

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:17

Hi Dabble and welcome!

The only sure cure for spider mite is to use another mite which is a predator and called Phytoseilus.  Assuming your plants are on the balconies you mention in your profile, the problem is you need to wait until it's about 20C or the Phytoseilus will die.  You can get a small measure of control first by regularly spraying the plants with a fine spray of water and I've found a more effective control is to spray with water mixed with 'SB plant invigorator' which you use every few days until the temperature rises enough for the predators mites to be used.  SB sort of glues them in place and isn't a chemical pesticide, most of which are pretty useless because spider mites have become immune to them.

Cross pollination

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 22:55

They may well cross-pollinate Mary, but that won't affect the fruit grown from the plants this year, only plants grown from any seeds you save from this year's fruit.  The same thing happens with other members of this family such as squashes - if several varieties are grown together it's probably not worth saving the seed other than for the fun of growing something which may be unusual but might not taste nice or may have tough flesh etc.

Peony help needed

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 22:29

Hi sara, are you sure it's a tree peony and not a tree poppy, like Romneya coulteri?

Those have large papery white petals with a yellow centre.

ID and help please

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 18:17

If it can't be pulled out, there's a chance that there is a hole in the centre of the joint of those 3 main branches and the centre of the trunk is rotting and this is what the elderberry has rooted into.  If that has happened, the rot will continue as rainwater will be running into the hole, but it could be many years before the tree succumbs as the living part of all trees is a thin layer just below the bark.  Some Oak trees at a park near me have lost virtually all of the heartwood in the centre of their trunks this way, but are still growing after hundreds of years.

Runner beans

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:47

Hi Verdun, no reduction that I've noticed.  The trench is always very well prepared though, so plenty of room for them to find everything they need.

Runner beans

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:12

If they both germinate, I always plant the pot as it is and get great crops.  You can guarantee that if you removed one, the slugs would get the one you left!

More ID's please woderful people

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 21:10

Yep, Dove is right - 2nd one is indeed woodruff.

More ID's please woderful people

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 21:02

The first two are different types of Choisya I think (first one may be 'Sundance') and the last one with the yellow flower is Forsythia.

What is eating my bean plants?

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 20:44

Maybe my keyboard went wrong..  maybe not!  

I've lost whole rows of young veg plants within minutes - I love nature and put up with some losses rather than using chemicals, but woodpigeons..  

 

Peas have gone Pete Tong!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 20:35

Caral, start some peas off in small 3 inch pots (3 or 4 to a pot) and plant them out once they are a few inches tall.  Mice are only interested in the seed so young pea plants will be ignored. 

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