BobTheGardener


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Something ate my cacti!

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:24

Woodlice will feed on plants already damaged by something else but generally only feed on decaying matter.  Their mouth parts aren't strong enough to pierce the outer surface of most plants.  I sometimes find them inside soft fruit like strawberries but you can bet your bottom dollar that a slug or a wasp made the initial hole.


I've had good results using nematodes (Nemaslug) to reduce the slug population here.  They seem expensive but not when you consider they only cost the price of a couple of decent plants.  You need to use them twice a year to be effective.

Last edited: 13 September 2016 20:25:19

Found some holes

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:17

They could be made by one of several species of bee if the holes are small (1-2cm.)

Something ate my cacti!

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 20:11

Slugs (most likely) or snails.  They will eat just about anything, native or not.

Red acer

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 19:32

Perfect!

Plant identification

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 19:18

It's an aconitum, sometimes known as Wolf's bane or Monkshood.

Red acer

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 19:05

Also avoid an East-facing position if you can.  If the leaves get frosted in spring, early morning sun does them no good at all.

Digging over soil

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 23:01

You can just lay a layer of compost on the top (known as mulching) and the worms will take it down into the soil for you.  This is the essence of 'no dig' gardening.

Can I dig in manure in winter and then lightly lime in spring

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:59

Yes.  As I'm sure you know (otherwise you wouldn't be asking) it's important not to fertilize and lime at the same time as the two react together and much of the nutrient value is lost.

Grit

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:47

I use sharp sand (the tonne bags from Wickes are salt free (and yes, I have tasted it!)) and have several size sieves so can grade it myself.  This is the cheapest method of getting it I could find.  I also do the same with bags of 10mm pea shingle which contains all sizes up to 10mm.  I get the sharp sand and pea shingle for making concrete so the grit comes as a nice by-product.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 20:06

Huge amount of shredding done.  Looking at the way things are still growing in the garden there will be another large amount needed in a few weeks!  Lots of weed pulling before they set seed and a lot of dead-heading of the dahlias which are putting on a magnificent show.

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