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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

William Pear Tree bug eaten?

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 19:39

Without a photo we are both simply speculating, pansyface.

Aquilegias - so plumptious

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 21:13

Same here - perhaps very young ones are more susceptible?  I've a tray full of new babies to prick-out so will be keeping a very close eye on those!

Aquilegias - so plumptious

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 20:59

I do the same nut.  The foliage is usually a bit tatty after the flowers have finished and when cut off it is replaced by lovely fresh stuff that looks quite attractive in itself.  By the way, have you seen any signs of that awful disease on any of yours yet?  I've a few I'm keeping my eye on but no confirmed sighting yet thank goodness.  Don't know what I'd do without them filling the spring to summer 'gap'.

William Pear Tree bug eaten?

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 20:31

Hi Sally, yes a photo might help.  There are a few borers which attack fruit trees and they burrow into the twood beneath the bark:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/signs-symptoms-borers-fruit-trees-66042.html

 

Cecidomyiidae

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 20:26

I know you said they don't seem to be around your houseplants but they do sound like fungus gnats (Sciarid flies.)  As a test, put all of your houseplants outside for a few days and see if the flies disappear from inside the house.  The mismatch in size of the flies that you mentioned makes me think the pest control company may have misidentified them.

Vegetable ID's

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 18:58

Or Green Zebra for the tomato - if they stay green when ripe.

PLant ID

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 18:55

If it isn't Wood Avens, it might be another Geum - many of them look similar when young.  Wait until it flowers - if small and yellow it's Wood Avens and I'd have it out before it sets seed otherwise you'll have it forever!  If any other colour it's worth keeping.

Couple of different questions (strawbs, cucumber and others)

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 20:20

Yep, that'd work - good idea!

Couple of different questions (strawbs, cucumber and others)

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 20:07

You could grow the cuc up a sort of wigwam of timber or poles, or use strong netting etc. wrapped around a few timber stakes, something like this:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/75575.jpg?width=350

 I would let the strawberries fruit as Dave says.

Squash is definitely an outdoor crop.

Spent bulbs

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 19:49

Snowy, no need to water anymore after the leaves have died back naturally.  At that point you can remove the bulbs and store them somewhere cool and dark then plant them again in the autumn.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31
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