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Making own softsoap

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 23:40

Great news Happyflower!  My broad beans were covered from head to foot in blackfly but rather than spray them I decided to leave them to see what would happen as there were one or two ladybirds on them.  A few weeks later and they are now almost swarming with ladybirds, their larvae with lots of ladybirds in the pupal stage, and most of the blackfly are gone.  Now I have my own army of ladybirds flying off and clearing up aphids throughout the rest of the garden.   You can't beat nature!

2 final plant ID's - promise

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:38
jo47 wrote (see)

They come out okay when enlarged........ it's not a problem Jekyll.......


Not on every browser they don't Jo47.  Firefox corrects them but Internet Explorer doesn't (just a couple of examples of the dozens of browsers out there.)

Capability Found from Spun Gold

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:32

What a coincidence - I attended a wedding at Belvoir Castle on Saturday!  It's an incredible place so really looking forward to seeing this!

2 final plant ID's - promise

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:21

Photos rotate because software puts that information into the the 'EXIF' data on the photos.  Google 'remove exif data' and once you have an app which does that, you can rotate them in a photo editor and they will stay put.  There are other reasons for removing EXIF data - privacy being the main one as it can contain location information and more..

It's mainly an issue for Apple devices, so the lack of privacy should be no surprise!


plant ID.

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:16

Runnybeak - easy peasy - just plant them where you definitely don't want them and you will have them there forever!  

They are a bit like Lily of the Valley - they either won't grow for you at all or will mount an invasion - seems there are few folk who can get them to behave themselves!

plant ID.

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 12:08

1) is aquilegia

2) is Japanese anemone - can be invasive and hard to get rid of

3) is hydrangea


Weeds, I Think

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 12:06

It's buddleia:

Cut it right back to  the ground.  It will almost certainly re-grow then treat any new growth with SBK brushwood killer.

Autumn Bliss raspberries

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 22:37

Polka have large tasty fruit which are quite firm and last a long time on the canes.  It was bred from Autumn Bliss, so has a similar taste.  There are a lot fewer spines on the canes too, a definite plus when it comes to picking time.

Potatoes that turn to mush when cooked

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 22:31

Oldigger, I have a perennial keeled slug problem so have tried a lot of varieties over the years and can recommend Kestrel for both slug resistance and flavour.  I always grow at least two rows of those and they hardly get any slug damage.  Another one that has few slug problems is Sarpo Mira which also shows good blight resistance.  Both are worth trying for anyone who gets a lot of slug damage.

Autumn Bliss raspberries

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 22:15

It's bad luck really - there may even have been pupae in the soil around the roots that they came with.  There are images of the beetle on this page:

If you want to try a different autumn fruiting variety, I and several others on the forum highly recommend Polka which have huge crops and are very reliable.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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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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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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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