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black fly

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 21:04

Spray the things you really need to (eg runner & french beans) with a few drops of washing-up liquid in a sprayer and try and ignore the rest.  Ladybirds and other predators will soon appear and rapidly multiply to clear them up. 

What's Killing my Hubbard Squash

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 20:59

I agree with Dove.

Tree Stump Removal

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 20:14

Basically 3 ways, voyager:

  • Dig it out and cut off roots as you go to make it easier.  Your friends here are a pick-axe, crowbar and a pruning saw.
  • Hire a stump grinder.  Not for the feint-hearted but as you can handle a chainsaw then you should be OK.  I reckon they are about twice as dangerous as chainsaws and not cheap to hire.
  • Get it professionally removed with a stump grinder.  More expensive than above but no danger to you.

Personally I would dig it out.  It's very hard work at the beginning but easier than you think once you get some movement of the stump.

Unusual Bug

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 22:16

Don't think I've seen/heard one in flight nut but I know they love nectar and have seen them on parsnips which I left in the ground to flower.

Favorite lavenders and other strongly scented plants

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 21:48

I wouldn't be without a few night scented stock (Matthiola bicornis aka longipetala.)  Not a 'looker' but the scent is simply magnificent and you only need a few dotted around the garden.

Unusual Bug

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 21:34

It's a longhorn beetle, Rutpela maculata.

Making cement planter

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 21:55

I remember seeing something on The Beechgrove Garden recently.

How to eradicate Jasmine?

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 21:51

A bin liner would be ideal Pete.

Names of two perennial plants.

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 20:45

Yes, that's a clematis-flowered Aquilegia.  And a very pretty one, too!

How to eradicate Jasmine?

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 20:41

You could put some temporary poles or canes in for the jasmine to climb and when a fair amount of foliage has built up, remove the pole and stuff the foliage into a plastic bag and spray inside with a glyphosate-based weedkiller.  That should prevent any spray accidentally getting onto your Quince foliage.  The same trick is often used on other unwanted climbing plants within borders, such as bindweed.  You need to leave the dieing Jasmine stems until they go completely brown in order to give the glyphosate time to get down to the roots, which is obviously what you need to eliminate.  If glyphosate doesn't do the trick then try sbk brushwood killer.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

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
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