Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Plant IDs please

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 13:02

Although the plants in the first two photo's do look like thistles, it's worth waiting until they flower as they could well be echinops - mine look exactly like that right now.  If the flowers are yellow, then hoik them out.

The second photo looks like ragwort but can you take another photo of the whole plant so we can see the growth habit?

Magnolia scale?

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 11:37

It's thought they arrive as young nymphs on bird feathers or creep along the ground.  A systemic insecticide might work but would be absorbed into the tree and then poison beneficial insects such as any visiting pollinators, so I don't advise their use anymore.  However, as long as you physically get rid of them all it's unlikely to come back.  I had a similar infestation on my peach tree about 5 years ago and it hasn't returned after cleaning them all off.

Young Plant ID

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 11:29

I've corrected the colour best I can - hope this helps:

Forum back up and running

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 11:21

Thanks Nora & team.

fixing trellis

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 19:23

If you don't want to ask your neighbour for any reason, you can put posts your side a few inches away from the fence and mount your trellis on that.  You can get 50x50mm metposts which are easy to drive into the ground and insert 50x50mm timber posts which would be more than strong enough to support even a heavy trellis.

Wha at is this plant

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 19:13

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Last edited: 31 May 2017 19:14:21

Seedlings wiped out

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 15:20

Nemasys slug nematodes work great for getting the overall slug population down, but they aren't cheap and are not an 'instant kill'.  If you have the inclination, going out at night with a torch will catch an awful lot of them - they tend to return to the same area they fed the night before.  Another alternative is beer traps (jar buried in the ground half filled with beer) -  at least they die happy!

Topping peppers

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 13:47

I've never done it and have great crops.  I find peppers naturally branch and don't need any encouragment to do so.

Seedlings wiped out

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 13:46

Yes, slugs love them and pigeons, too.

Fruit Tree Aphids

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 13:44

Also check for ants crawling around your trees - they 'farm' aphids and carry them to fresh new growth.  The solution is to use 'fruit tree grease bands' around the trunks which are a physical barrier to prevent ants climbing the tree.

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