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The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 19:26
Verdun wrote (see)

At last a gardener with patience to train his tree properly and be prepared to wait for the fruit to come once the tree is ready to,provide it.

Just makes sense to sort the shape firstly, in the longterm it'll mean better fruit, healthy tree and probably much better harvests year on year.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 18:25

lovely aquilegia LA, and those lillies are fabulous, mind, I wouldn't like to be trying to spot the lilly beetles on that!

The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 18:17

Yeah I've reduced the leaves by about 70% just down to the new shoots growing, cut everything out that won't be needed for my fan shape. Going to start feeding with general liquid feed to the roots once a week. Just hope I'm not too late, I wasn't hoping for fruit this year as I wanted the tree to fill out and get the basic shape sorted. Oh well, as my dad would say, 'it's got two chances' !

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 16:08

I figured it, but then I thought you knew about my cross-dressing at the weekends! I can send you some seed from the aquilegia if you like BL, they should be the same colour as all the ones next to each other are that colour!

The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 15:42

Okay they are here, Right the fatty acid spray seems to have slowed the spidermite down. I'm now going to clear all the bad leaves, then prune to the fan shape (roughly!) Then I'm introducing these guys:

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2814/9032309171_68a9d482e3_z.jpg



20130613_153121_1 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

 

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7282/9034535226_1f51c2abac_z.jpg



20130613_153111 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

We'll see how they do. They told me if you see webbing the mites are going to out breed so whack them with the fatty acids, leave a week then introduce the goodies.

I'll try to keep this thread updated. I've also been told that once the leaves are damaged, that's it, best to trim them off, the way to tell if the predators are working is to see the infestation not getting any worse. I have a follow up batch for 2 -3 weeks time. So we'll see.

Hello

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 15:26

Stunning, even in the half-light, you are a VERY lucky so and so!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 15:18
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Beautiful rose Ben, wish I could smell it. Love the blue of the aquilegia.

It really is very strong too, I'm around the side of the house sorting my raised beds and it's all I can smell especially after the rain. The wind changes direction and then all I can smell is the 'Blue for you' which has a very strong citrus almost lemon scent. Once the marigolds and canlandula are all in instead of the tulips, I'm hoping the scent will be strong enough to keep the carrot fly from detecting my nantes. They are also sown with a double row of spring onions right around the perimeter!

Annoying Miracle-Gro advert

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 14:22

Download and use firefox, install adblocker plus. I stopped using IExplorer years ago, as soon as the likes of yahoo started putting ads before every video on the news, I got adblocker. You really forget just how much garbage it cuts out until you happen to use someones computer without it. Couldn't use the net without it now.

Photo test thread only...

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 14:07

I figured flickr out. It gives much better results, it's very easy to resize or rotate the image, and when you post a pic here, it automatically generates a clickable link to the rest of your photos in that set if people want to further gander. It is completely free, you can store like half a million images, and if you own a popular email like yahoo gmail etc, then you simply log in to that when you click to join and there you go. My favourite part is the drag and drop on the upload screen, once you finish, you can then rotate any of the images before you upload, then it uploads all in one go.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3718/9031053569_d5b09163d4_o.jpg



DSCF1763 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

Very happy with the site. Much easier than this forum, and the images can be full size. If you click on the DSCF1763 under the photo you can then go to flickr and see the rest of the album or right click on photo to view at full size.

what to grow

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 13:13

yep, this time of year it's like 5 days for them to germinate, a couple of weeks from seed til they are big enough to start producing flowers and fruit.

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