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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Garden Pests

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 17:37

Almost certainly squirrels for the sweetcorn, James, but I'm not sure they go for potatoes.  Could that be badgers?  Neither can be easily controlled unfortunately.

Red Spider Mite

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 17:27

Having used that predator mite (ie Phytoseiulus persimilis) myself, I can confirm it works.  It's really the only way of completely eradicating red spider mite from a conservatory as they have evolved to be immune to the sort of pesticides we gardeners have available.  SB plant invigorator (which doesn't contain pesticide) will also help to control them by sort of glueing them in place.  In fact, many of the predator suppliers will recommend that you use that a couple of weeks before you introduce the phtyoseiulus.  Not cheap, but they do exactly as it says on the tin (or small plastic bottle in this case!)

honey fungus

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 17:14

Interestingly, the mass of tangled threads they can produce which are sometimes found in compost heaps or piles of leaves are bioluminescent and were (allegedly) used as a form of lighting in times of old.  The mushrooms themselves apparently glow weakly in the dark too (although I've never noticed as my garden is polluted with light from streetlamps. )

honey fungus

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 14:34

I also have to live with honey fungus and regularly find the odd 'bootlace' running just under the soil, almost anywhere in the garden (you get to recognise them after a while.)  Although I lost an acer to it last year, overall losses are few and it doesn't stop me growing anything.  I used to have a lot of felled tree trunk arranged around the sides of raised beds but have now gotten rid of most of that as dead wood in contact with the soil is essential to honey fungus as it acts as a home for it.  I would say getting rid of all dead stumps and tree roots is the best thing anyone can do to try and combat this fungus.

Aftercare of geums

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 14:17

I grew about 20 blazing sunset from seed but found they are relatively short lived in my garden (clay, emids) and most have now gone after about 5/6 years.  Planted in a variety of aspects.  While they were alive they all flowered wonderfully though and regular dead-heading was the key to that I think.  I think I'll grow another batch next Spring as they are lovely plants even if they are short-lived for me.

Any ideas

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 18:04

Dunno addict - it self seeds itself here too.  Perhaps it likes clay - what soil do you have?

whats eating my beetroot

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 18:00

Yep - forgot to add the smiley!

help identifying plant

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 10:41

I have Cyclamen hederifolium (aka C. neapolitanum) coming up now that look very similar.

Any ideas

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 10:30

Geranium wallichianum "Buxton's blue" aka "Buxton's variety" is an excellent low-growing hardy perennial which can be used as ground cover and has beautiful blue flowers.  I have this everywhere there is any soil showing!  Seeds come true too.

Essential reading/subscriptions for a new Gardener

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 10:23

For books, two of my 'bibles' are the RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening and Reader Digest "The Gardening Year" - both available from Amazon etc for very little money.  Older copies won't have up-to-date plants in them of course although the general advice is still as relevant as it ever was. 

For good general gardening reading, anything by Christopher Lloyd.  Lots of others folk here have recommended books in the past - try using the Site Seach option at the top and enter "good books".

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