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Posted: 27/02/2016 at 10:34

I can't identify it other than it clearly being a sap-sucker and almost certainly an aphid of some type.  As there are relatively few leaves I agree with Hostafan and would systematically inspect every leaf and squash/rub off whatever you find with your fingers.  Applying any kind of insecticidal spray (chemical or organic) is always slightly detrimental to plants and with so few leaves I wouldn't risk spraying with anything right now.

Lawn gone bad.

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 10:25

Probably cranefly larvae (leatherjacket) damage.  Nothing you can do right now to kill them, but if you water in nematodes in the autumn you will prevent the problem next year.

If you re-seed the damaged areas, it will soon green-up again but you need to 'keep off the grass' until the new grass is established.

Weed ID link

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 22:03

Very good B3 and should help anyone to identify many common weeds.

I have had (or still have) all of those!

Here's the link made clickable:




Posted: 25/02/2016 at 20:27

None of them require manure.  However, many will not crop very well unless extra fertiliser of some kind is added, manure being one of the most organic.

Do you have a reason for not using manure, or do you just have ground to which you cannot add fertiliser for some reason?

Anyone grow Agapanthus in border

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 19:02

I grew Headbourne hybrids from seed and they turned into thugs when eventually planted into my borders - nothing would grow near them and the mass of roots was huge when I eventually dug them out.  I left them upside down over the winter hoping the frost would kill them and they would rot but they re-grew when I dumped them in the 'unwanted plant' graveyard at the bottom of my garden!

Clearly the majority of agapanthus are quite delicate and many are not frost-hardy but if you grow Headbourne hybrids, beware!

Plant ID

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 18:45

If you decide to let any produce those handsome red berries, remember to remove and dispose of the whole fruiting stem well before the berries start to go over and fall otherwise you will have hundreds of them popping-up nearby.  I think the gernination rate must be close to 100% and each berry has lots of seeds..

Unwelcome garden visitors

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 07:34

Yes, Jack Frost was an unwelcome garden visitor here last night - got down to -4C!

It's -2.8C right now at 7.30am.  Glad I resisted the temptation to start seeds early.

Potatoes after strawberries?

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 20:09

As long as your strawberries were healthy you should be OK following Jerry's advice.  However, both plants are susceptible to verticillium so it's usually recommended to leave a gap of at least a year or two when planting one where the other has grown before.  Have a look at this page:


Use of Vermiculite / Perlite

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 19:16
philippa smith2 wrote (see)

Perlite is a good addition when making up seed or cutting compost.  Vermiculite is a lot lighter in texture......good for covering seeds which need light for germination.

Beat me to it Philippa!

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 21:55

Use small modules instead of pots Sue.  You can get them with up to 128 cells which fit into a standard size seed tray and can easily cut sections off to fit whichever size propagator you happen to have.  That way you can just pop the seedlings out of any modules which have germinated and leave the rest, or even snip the module out so that you don't disturb the roots.  I've been doing it that way for years as you will never tame nature in such a way to make seeds all germinate at the same rate!

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