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Can anyone identify this invader?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 10:58

Just saw the new image - Elder for me.

Can anyone identify this invader?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 10:57

Young Ash tree(s) or elder.  Either way, best dig it out while you still can (unless you want a big tree there.)  As mentioned above, tricky to give 100% positive ID as the pic is a bit small and we need to see the growing point at the top.

Indoor cyclamen

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 21:04

They will open naturally at the point they are ready to be sown.  I find them incredibly easy to grow.  Just pop the seed onto some seed compost and cover lightly (I usually use a dusting of fine vermiculite but fine compost also works.)  Once they have grown a couple of leaves, carefully prick-out and plant the tiny round corm which will have formed just on or below the surface of a small pot.  In 2 years they will have grown large enough to flower.

Tomato leaf problem troubleshooting

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 20:57

Take a look at the undersides with a magnifying glass. The only thing that reminds me of is early signs of spider mite damage.  Those creatures are too small to be seen with the unaided eye.  They produce webs as the infestation takes hold.  It doesn't look like any of the forms of fungal infection I am familiar with.

would anyone know what this is please.

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 20:06

Hi Lyn, yes, The Magic of Mushrooms which was on BBC 4 last night was fungtastic!

Highly recommended and on iPlayer.  The BBC are providing fantastic science and nature programming at the minute - worth every penny of the licence fee and no other TV company will ever make programmes like that!

Do I need a new connector?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 19:55

If the feeder has a connector like this (a Hozelock male):

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Then you need one of these on the end of your hose, a Hozelock standard hose-end connector:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/43494.jpg?width=500&height=350&mode=max

Any garden centre (or even Asda) will have one.

 

Broad Beans

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 18:59

Have you noticed any bees around them?  If not, give the stems a bit of a shake.  They are self-pollinating but the flowers need 'triggering' (they are sort of like a loaded spring) before the pollen can get to the anther and bees usually 'trip' the mechanism.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 22:25

Took a few today of my front and rear garden while the tulips are in full bloom and before the forecast rain flattens them!

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I love this time of the year!

Honey berry?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 18:21

I have a few of those in fairly large pots and the two year old ones have just about finished flowering so hoping for the first fruit from them later in the year - if so, I'll report back in a few weeks!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 08:13

Mornin' all, I'm back at work today but have managed to get ahead of where I usually am in the garden for this time of year thanks to a few days holiday so not feeling too miserable!  Verdun's mention of parsley made me check mine and the seeds have finally germinated - about two weeks later than all of the other herbs!  Running out of space in the GH, potting shed and conservatory now - will have to build some temporary staging in the polytunnel when I get home, so I have something nice to think about while I write this damn report!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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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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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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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