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Talkback: Dealing with lily beetle

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 18:24
I've found 7 so far, but I've noticed they only attack the older Lilies. The Lilies I planted in the Autumn remain untouched. The older Lilies have a different type of leaf as well. The untouched Lilies happen to be ones advertised last year in Gardener's World (including Tree Lilies). I hold a trowel below them when collecting. I've heard they don't only attack Lilies, our Fritillaria imperialis have given up before they even started. They've gone pale green and will not flower now. Maybe the beetle is to blame?

Talkback: How to build a raised bed

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:29
A great idea. A few points though, I would add a drainage layer before adding soil and a drainage outlet. Alternatively, I would only use hardcore where I'm going place the blocks, allowing the added soil to drain into the original topsoil. Does hardcore allow for good drainage?
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