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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

 

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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.

Radish

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 12:45

Yeah I'm looking for the same, will watch this thread with interest, currently growing french breakfast 3.

What's your Flower of the moment?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 12:41

BL your roses are lovely, Dove I just wish I had some shade to grow something like that. The irises are smashing too, my current fav is my unknown rose that has heavy scent

 

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/9030543989_f0942e5d54_o.jpg



DSCF1737 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

feel free to browse my pics, it's easier to upload everything to one place.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 12:33

Ok here's a pic of the T&M rose Blue for You

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3779/9031069999_c9a5817db5_z.jpg



DSCF1749 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

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DSCF1752 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

When the buds appear they don't look at all blue,

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2833/9033291496_ff1d2d97ba_z.jpg



DSCF1762 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

Some marigolds

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3718/9031053569_5945d400cf_z.jpg



DSCF1763 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

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DSCF1765 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

 

My lupins, not as good as the NEC but not too shabby!

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2837/9033281802_c87f58dd8b_z.jpg



DSCF1768 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

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DSCF1769 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

my aquilegia

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3717/9033286614_c1116cabfc_z.jpg




Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 10:47

ok I'll try using flickr!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/97420766@N07/9030543989/

Link to stream

 

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/97420766@N07/with/9030543989/

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25408.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lovely Delphs and Lupins there John, I wish I could have gone, but work and my daughter's 2nd Birthday party put paid to it for this year.

 

 

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DSCF1737 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

Sorry for the extra pic, finally figured out how to stick photos from flickr onto my posts, loads easier than this forum, drag and drop pics to the flickr page, can rotate resize everything. If you have yahoo or hotmail google etc mail account, signing up is like 3 clicks!!

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