BobTheGardener


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Strawberry Plants

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 14:05

The sooner the better.  Concentrate on the younger plants which have hopefully grown from runners and have no or only a small amount of woody stem.  Those with long woody stems are old plants and are past their best.

Is this plant a fern?

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 13:20

Yes, it could well be.  The transition from a spore through to a mature fern is an interesting one and is different from all other land plants.  What you have there look like gametophytes and the normal 'fern' leaves (sporophytes) will grow from them.

http://bio100.class.uic.edu/summer2003/fernlifecycle.htm

 

 

 

Nettle Feed

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 00:08

Here are a couple of links which may help, Larry:

http://survivalathome.com/using-banana-peels-in-the-garden/

http://themicrogardener.com/diy-fertilisers-how-to-use-banana-peels/

Those seem to say that you chop up several banana skins, put into a bucket of water and leave for a few days.  Then strain and dilute with 5 parts water to 1 part banana tea before using on your plants.

What is eating all of my plants?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 19:49

Vine weevils in particular make the blood boil for most of us here!

Greenhouse advice or alternative?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 19:46

What area are you in Bettyslad?  Most of the things you mention (apart from tomatoes) would probably only grow well outside. 

What is eating all of my plants?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 19:14

Yes, just mix and water them on.  You need to wait until the minimum temperatures rise a lttle first though or they may not survive.  Also most effective when applied in Autumn, although you can get traps for the adults which may be your best bet right now:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=234

 

Greenhouse advice or alternative?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 19:08

Excellent point, Hosta.  'Proper' polytunnels are superb but avoid the really cheap ones.

Greenhouse advice or alternative?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 18:57

A greenhouse is only suitable for a relatively small range of fruit and veg but if those are what you want to grow, any greenhouse with toughened glass should be ok.  The majority of fruit & veg need to be grown outdoors though and the main problem with those will be rabbits.  You could try fencing off your veg patch with wire mesh, making sure you bury the mesh about 20-30 cm down in the soil.  It only needs to be 60-100cm tall though as rabbits can't jump very high.

If you decide to get a greenhouse and want to have planting beds inside, best to line those with wire mesh too otherwise vermin will almost certainly burrow in.  If you erect a GH on a concrete base and only grow in pots etc you should be OK though.

What is eating all of my plants?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 18:42

Adult vine weevil, possibly.  They overwinter under the cover of stones, pots etc and are known to take chunks out of the edge of leaves.  They are also nocturnal, so aren't often seen during the day.

Molly the Witch in trouble

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 18:26

Fingers crossed nut.  Does look a bit like a powdery mildew though.

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