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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Dreaded thrips

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 18:54

Jess, in response to your earlier query, yes, stop using SB before you introduce predators.  Hopefully the hard frosts we are having this winter will kill any overwintering thrips, eggs, larvae & pupae (did you know they have 6 different stages in their lifecycle?!)  If you had a bad infestation and are keeping any previously affected plants indoors now, I would seriously consider sacrificing them and starting afresh.  I was going to keep some chillies going this winter but decided the risk wasn't worth it.

 

Tree Lily Bulbs

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 18:42

I've had them from several of the well know suppliers (some were free) and all grew OK - about 4 foot the first year and 5-6' in subsequent years.  The only issue I've had is that there is more foliage to check for those bl**dy lily beetles!

Gooseberries and grapes

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 18:38

The grape won't show any signs of growth until quite late in the spring - even not until May in some cases, so be patient with it.

Dreaded thrips

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 18:47

Jess, Edd, I use SB invigorator on spider mite - it works by effectively glueing them in place and also acts a foliar feed.  It's recommended to use that first to help quell a heavy infestation before using predator mites.  The problem with SB is that it does wash off, so it's most effective under glass.

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 18:31

Excellent photo Oneofseven!

Tomatoes and cucumbers

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 18:57

Most folk don't have a greenhouse placed in perfect full-sun conditions so if yours has a more shaded side, best grow your cucumbers there and your tomatoes in the sunniest area.  As Edd says, they each like different conditions and are prone to different bugs/diseases.  If you are unlucky enough to get spider mite on the cucs, the standard method of control is spraying them with water.  Unfortunately that leads to high humidity and the tomatoes might then suffer from fungal problems.  So, it's really a case of crossing your fingers and hoping you don't get any of the common problems!

ID please

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:14

Same here Dove - and it really stains doesn't it!  Same as spilt (or exploded!) elderberry wine - years ago I put a demijohn in the airing cupboard to get it going, and get going it did, all over the shop!  All of the clothes in there were ruined. 

ID please

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 14:49

Purple stained bird droppings on fences etc are a dead giveaway in Autumn!

Garden patches - advice

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 14:44

Best to wait and see as it does take grass a long time to recover after the grubs are dead and it can't grow much at this time of the year, but you may find that you need to apply another dose of those cranefly nematodes (which I also think are the culprit.)  No point doing that until the soil warms up though.

Espalier apple trees

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 16:01

Also check-out Orange Pippin Fruit Trees - great site with lots of info:

http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

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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