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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.

Courgettes or Cucumbers?

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 19:05

There's no real way of telling until they are quite large plants, unfortunately.  Kudos to anyone who can identify which of these are squash (4 types), cucumber (1 type), courgettes (1 type) & pumpkins (1 type)  The pots are labelled so I can give answers to anyone who wants to give it a go!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/42753.jpg?width=243&height=350&mode=max

Do you know if rootstock can be purchased?

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 14:29

The alternative is to buy a cheap young tree which has already been grafted on to the rootstock you want, then graft onto that.  At this time of the year I would look at buying a potted tree rather than a bare-root.  At least that way you are guaranteed a living rootstock.

Dwarf pot patio cherry & apple trees

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 12:16

Hi Sisb, As long as they were dormant (ie only small unopened buds on the stems) when sent, they should be OK although it is a bit late for sending bare-root trees in my opinion.  When they come you should place the roots in a bucket of water for a day before planting them.  If there is no sign of leaves appearing after a month, then use a fingernail to scratch the bark a few inches down from the top of a tall branch.  If it is green underneath, they are still alive and you may need to wait a bit longer.  If brown, that wood is dead so try further down.  If it is brown underneath the bark of all of the branches and trunk, it's dead.

 

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