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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

help! my young cosmos plants are under attack.

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:05

Hi flowerlover, that is almost certainly red spider mite.  I take it you are growing them indoors or in a greenhouse etc?  Some control can be had by spraying the plants regularly with water as the mite doesn't like high humidity, but it won't kill them.  Most bug sprays are useless as the mite has evolved immunity to most pesticides, so the only guaranteed way to totally eradicate them is biological warfare using a predatory mite called Phytoseiulus.  The predators can be bought online for about £12 for 1000.

Oops!

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 22:06

Thanks for the comments!  I'll add pix of the beans and other stuff as it gets planted in there.  OL, dwarf beans can produce a fantastic crop for the small amount of space they need.  One thing to watch out for is any beans touching the ground as slugs love eating the ends!  Either pick them before they reach the ground or add a bit of support, like a piece of twine tied to a short stick and looped around the bean stalks.

Ladybird's

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 21:46

Hi Allegna, it's a loveliness of ladybirds, quite appropriate don't you think?!

What's wrong with my lilac?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 19:30

There are healthy looking buds on the one on the right so I think it's just that different varieties come into leaf at different times.  It'll soon catch up.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 19:17

Fantastic Magnolia David and great stuff with the sinks OL!

Here're a few from my garden today:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42457.jpg?width=243&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42458.jpg?width=243&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42459.jpg?width=243&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42460.jpg?width=243&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42461.jpg?width=243&height=350&mode=max

You can't tell it was -1C last night!

Oops!

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 19:02

I booked a few days holiday before Easter and have now cleared it.

Also added are gravel boards around the outer edges and made a raised walkway out of cut-down pallets and some spare lengths of timber to fill the gaps, then added about 15cm of compost to what have now become the borders:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42455.jpg?width=350

Amongst other stuff to go in there, I'm going to try yard long beans ''Dolcio del Metro' as I've failed with these when trying them outside.

 

Hardening bulbs

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 16:17

Bulbs can't absorb water until they have grown roots so the best thing to do is plant it as soon as possible.

raised veggie beds

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 13:23

Nice one Steve!  My 'work' work is very technical with IT systems playing a larger and larger part as the years go by;  Gardening is my 'cure' for all of the technological madness and works brilliantly as an escape so I hope it does the same for your twins!  Vjwuk is right about growing leafy things in the first year - they will remove any excess Nitrogen that adding all of the manure may bring in.  I generally ache quite a lot at this time of the year but it's a superb way to keep fit - no gain without pain as they say!

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:36

FG - it's probably the most important 'skill' to being a gardener I reckon!

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:30

Hi all, after replying to a recent thread I just noticed a Wisteria I grew from seed about 15 years ago has finally decided to flower!   I expected it to take at least 5-7 years, but just goes to show how reticent they can be!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42430.jpg?width=243&height=350&mode=max

Only one flower bud though - hope it doesn't fall off and that next year brings more!

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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