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Bug identification!

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 18:50

PS, I agree that the actual damage does look like it has been made by slugs.  My ID was for the tiny insect but it probably isn't that which is causing the damage in the top pic.

Bug identification!

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 18:34

My best guess would be the larva of a thrip of some kind, especially given you are having difficulty eradicating them as they are persistent little s*ds.  I can't give any tips on fighting them as whenever I've had thrip issues the best I managed was limiting their numbers a little.   RHS advice here:


Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 23:34
Steve 309 wrote (see)

Just a bit of weeding and tidying up in the sunshine.  A lily my mum thought had died has some promising-looking buds low down so I've trimmed and repotted it.

Someone told me daylight's getting more by 15min a day at the mo, which sounds optimistic if you ask me.

It's actually about 4 minutes Steve.  Link here showing calculations for London (it varies by latitude, but that's close enough for anyone in the UK):

As a gardener, I welcome the longer days but the astronomer in me hates it!

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 23:07

No, this is the new 2016 garden pics thread Hazel.  I just think it's slowed down a bit because the rotten weather over the last few days has stopped folk going ouside with a camera!

Talkback: How to grow dahlias from seed

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 22:47

Yes, C J W P, but dahlias cross-pollinate readily and there is no guarantee that plants grown from the collected seeds will be like the parent plant although there will probably be a resemblance.  This is how new cultivars are created and it is fun seeing what you get.  Any really nice ones can be propagated by taking cuttings which will produce more plants but this time identical.

Lemon Tree Leaves

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 20:46

I think you are overfeeding it Redwing.  While lemon trees are heavy feeders, they need most of it in spring.  I would feed no more than once every couple of months on average and once a month in spring when it is growing strongly.  Water it with rainwater regularly (and never tap water which can be alkaline) but don't add feed to every watering.  During winter you are probably best to only feed it using a citrus winter food in a foliar spray.


Posted: 07/02/2016 at 20:24

The easiest would be to use an organic fertiliser like fish, blood and bone.  Apply at the rate specified on the packet and mix it in to the surface using a hand fork.  This will work fine if the planters contain soil, or a soil-based compost, such as a John Innes number 3.  However, if the planters contain only multi-purpose compost, you would be better advised to consider replacing it with a soil-based compost which would last for many years if treated as above.

Growing from seed for beginners...

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 18:09

One big advantage of growing (especially hardy perennials) from seed is that you can find out what will flourish in the conditions of you own particular garden.  It can be expensive to buy nursery-grown plants and shrubs only to find they struggle or die on you.  At least two thirds of all the perennials in my garden were grown from seed.  I had a lot of failures along the way but those which survive are healthy and perfectly established.

As others mention, growing from seed is exciting and the sense of achievement of watching tiny things you can hardly see turn into beautiful (and sometimes huge) plants, shrubs and trees is very rewarding.  

Squirrel Sabotage of my Wildflower meadow

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 15:47

Hostafan, strictly speaking it is illegal to release vermin (assuming grey squirrels) back into the wild after they have been trapped.  Kind of limits the choice of what to do with them! 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 14:32

After raining ALL day yesterday, it was nice and sunny this morning so potted-up a dozen new bare-root shrubs which arrived in the week - square pots in pic below:

Also cut the autumn raspberries (Polka) back to thr ground and did a bit more weeding.  Going out again after a cuppa to do more weeding - the ivy-leaved speedwell seedlings are popping-up everywhere as usual and are growing fast!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Hope it finds it's way home 
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They're about now! 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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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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