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blackfly

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 19:38

The birds keep the green aphids down for me, but they don't seem to like blackfly around here.  Perhaps they taste nasty?  I'm not going to test that theory though!

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 19:34

5 yesterday, 7 today.

Plant ID's please

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 20:06

The 3rd picture might be a Michaelmas daisy.

Clematis ID please

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 19:09

I have 3 General Sikorski's and I've always treated them as Group 2, which is what they were labelled as.  However, experience shows that many clematis can be treated as different groups.  For example I only prune my Polish Spirit back to near the ground every two years, and that is universally labelled as a Group 3.  In year 1 after a hard prune it flowers late as a normal Group 3 does, but in the second year when I prune it as a Group 2, it flowers early (and twice.)  Grouping for 2 & 3 is somewhat arbitrary.

Transplanting japanese acer

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 18:54

You can re-pot or plant out acers (or any other potted plant/tree) at almost any time of the year, Geraldine.  Good advice from Verdun - place it somewhere where it won't get early morning sun, too (this will reduce damage if the young leaves ever get frosted.)

Blueberries

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 18:49

Hi Lorraine, it takes 2-3 years before you get a crop, unless you buy large potted plants which are already a couple of years old.  Great news that it's putting on lots of strong growth which is exactly what you want at this stage of its life.

Dead or alive?

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 20:25

Just found the recent thread on this:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/help-attaching-photos-from-an-ipad/326901.html

Check your version of iOS on the iPad - if you are on 7.1.1 it should work.

Dead or alive?

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 20:17

They don't work either.  Mostly.  Depends on which version of iOS, but I can't remember which version works and which doesn't.

Dead or alive?

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 20:14

 

 

Are you using a PC or phone?  If a PC, click the little tree icon:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/45701.jpg?width=350

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/45702.jpg?width=85&height=350&mode=max

 

You can't upload photos from mobile phones yet, but the folk who run the site are going to add the facility in the future.

veg

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 20:07

I agree with the above.  Use garden soil in the pots if you can, otherwise a John Innes No 3.  Avoid using multi-purpose compost as it will be too light and the sprouts will likely 'blow'.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: Today at 15:41

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33
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