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not enough bees

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 21:23

You could try spraying them with water as this is an age-old tip which is supposed to help setting.  Don't blast the flowers off though - some hose attachments can be a bit too strong!

please identify

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 20:56

If my ID is correct, it's a goodie and eats mealybugs.  If Fidget is right, it's a baddie.

We need another opinion methinks. 

The mealybug ladybird is being used for biological control, so it's a possible escapee from a nursery etc.

please identify

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 20:43

Looks like a Cryptolaemus montrouzieri larva (mealybug ladybird larva) but they seem to be endemic to Australia or New Zealand - where are you?

Potato blight

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 20:36

If the stems are still green and are yet to be affected (ie only the leaves have symptoms) you can pull the haulms up and the spuds can stay in the ground and harvested as needed because they shouldn't be affected.  If the stems near the ground are blighted, then best lift the whole lot and eat those spuds which aren't affected asap.

Strawberrys

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 00:01

More runners should soon appear Kweegly, so don't worry. 

John Innes Homebase lies perhaps

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 18:44

Yeah, it's meaningless.  They could have made a batch of compost, perfectly formulated to one of the JI standards (which one though?!) but then only added a teaspoonful!

Strawberrys

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 00:08

These are called "runners" and you need to let them root into a pot while they are still attached to the mother plant.  After a few weeks they will have grown their own roots and you can cut the connection.  There's a video showing you how to do it on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3cEljuKJ64

 

Bitter new potatoes

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:31

I've found taste has more to do with soil type than variety.  I recommend growing a few of several types each year until you find varieties which suit your palate when grown in your particular soil.  A bit of a hassle but worth it in the long run.

ru

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:21

Many clematis will be fine against a North-facing wall, but the pot must be fairly large and (most importantly) deep with really rich soil, so it's worth trying again in my opinion - regular watering and feeding are essential though.  Good thread here:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/climbers-for-north-facing-fence-in-pots/4086.html

 

soil warming cable

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:11

You're welcome JV.  Anyone can make a thread like this - just start a new one and choose which section you want it under.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

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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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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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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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DIY heated propagator

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