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Problem identifying and treating pear disease

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 16:56

It could be Pear Leaf Blister Mite.  If so, there's not much you can do but it is said to not significantly affect the health or fruiting ability of the tree.

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/problems/fruit-and-nuts/pear-leaf-blister-mite/410.html

The advice above is to remove affected leaves and shoots but doing that may cause more harm than good if most of the tree is affected:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=661

 

 

Courgettes or Cucumbers?

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 16:39

Not bad at all Tricia!    Here's the annotated photo:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42823.jpg?width=350

A = Courgette "Defender"

B = Winter squash "Crown Prince"

C = Winter squash "Autumn Crown"

D = Pumpkin "Summer Ball"

E = Cucumber "Bella"

F = Winter squash "Barbara"

G = Winter squash "Harrier"

H = Winter squash "High sugar (mixed)"

 

Lobelia

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 15:55

They are also rather slow to develop - I sowed two types (Blue Cascade and Crystal Palace) in a heated propagator in early March and transplanted small bunches of them into 7cm pots a couple of weeks ago:

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42806.jpg?width=243&height=350&mode=max

Red ants

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 15:35

There are also nematodes which you can water on but those are rather expensive.  Google "Nemasys No Ants" to have a look at those.

Pollytunle

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 14:31

That's a beauty Cody, a very high quality tunnel!  I look forward to seeing the results later in the year!

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 14:25

DD, you could try putting them on the birdtable and see what happens but brightly coloured insects are displaying a warning  "I taste nasty or am poisonous" so I wouldn't expect them to be taken.

Where best to plant Fuchsia plugs

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 14:20

I would pinch the tops out John.  Doing that will encourage them to bush out and you'll get more blooms.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 14:15

Bill lives in Canada, LL.

Shrub/Tree query.

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 13:23

Looks like a Lilac to me.  Once that flower opens, you should be able to identify it further.  The RHS 'top 10' lilacs are here:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/Plant-trials-and-awards/Plant-awards/10-AGM-plants/10-AGM-Lilacs

 

Red ants

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 23:43

Watering the area regularly will move them on.  Ants don't like wet areas.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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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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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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